Big data skills shortages – and how to work around them

Businesses are finding it hard to recruit enough people with big data and analytics skills, but for CIOs there are alternative strategies to consider. Skills shortages are the perennial headache of CIOs everywhere, particularly when looking to develop leading-edge big data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

For the fourth year running, the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey has found that big data and analytics are top of the skills shortage critical list. This is having a significant impact on all organisations, with two-thirds of IT leaders saying it is preventing them from keeping up with the pace of change. Given the newness of the discipline, it is not surprising that there aren’t enough skilled data scientists. Very few universities offer pure data science degrees (as opposed to computer science). Many schools still don’t even offer computer science at A-level or GCSE. 

Author: Shamus Rae


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