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Big Data Professionals Are in Big Demand

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in big data, cloud and more:

  • According to a McKinsey & Co. study, the United States might face a 35% shortfall in the number of qualified big data professionals by 2018. This includes “people with advanced training in statistics and other disciplines who can help companies realize the potential of digital information generated from their own operations as well as from suppliers and customers.” reported that so few students are graduating with these degrees that U.S. companies are bringing in qualified employees on green cards. The article also referenced a Burtch Works study, which revealed that the majority of big data professionals have at least a master’s degree in a discipline such as statistics, applied mathematics or economics. Upon graduation, they can earn a median base salary of $90,000 in a non-management role. For more information on the shortage of big data professionals, see
  • Nine use cases for big data. According to an IBM Curiosity Shop infographic, big data can benefit a number of sectors – from financial services to healthcare. The infographic states that financial services organizations can use big data to identify performance gaps and find better ways to solve problems, while medical professionals can use big data to improve compliance and the way they handle billing information. For information on how big data can be used in retail, customer support, supply chains and other areas, see the IBM Curiosity Shop infographic.
  • Do you really need a private cloud? A Computerworld article stated that “some businesses that are building private clouds would really be better off with a standard virtualized data center or with a public cloud.” The article explored situations when a private cloud would be the best option. For example, businesses with high security needs – such as government agencies or companies that handle proprietary research – may require a private cloud to best protect their data. In addition, businesses with very high performance needs – such as companies with large research and development budgets – should consider a private cloud model. For more situations that call for a private cloud, see the Computerworld article.
  • And finally … multi-cloud is the new black. CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study revealed that many organizations are taking the next step with the cloud, or “leveraging multiple cloud models in different combinations to optimize benefits and efficiencies.” In fact, more than 60% of cloud users “have made secondary shifts of infrastructure or applications following their original transition to the cloud.” The survey of 501 technology or business professionals (end users) in the U.S. and 400 IT channel companies also revealed that respondents are using the cloud for business processes such as storage (59%), business continuity and disaster recovery (48%), and security (44%). For more information, see the Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study press release.

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