Institute for New Critical Skills for Big Data & Analytics: Preparing for the Next Wave!

The following guest blog post was written by IT-oLogy Charlotte Executive Director, Kay Read.

Analysts Discuss Key Issues Facing the IT Industry During Gartner Symposium/ITxpo:

 “By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data, generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “In addition, every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in the U.S. will be generated by the information economy.“

“But there is a challenge. There is not enough talent in the industry. Our public and private education systems are failing us. Therefore, only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “IT leaders will need immediate focus on how their organization develops and attracts the skills required. These jobs will be needed to grow your business. These jobs are the future of the new information economy.”

First, the demand for data scientists is high and increasing. Second, the demand for this talent far outweighs the supply — we need to fill the gaps quickly.

To fill this need, IT-oLogy is developing a program for organizations in the Charlotte region.  The Institute for New Critical Skills for Big Data/Analytics and IT program members and partners will share in the costs of procuring, and/or developing and delivering a series of short courses that will fill the skill gaps of existing employees.  The vision statement for the Institute is to “enable Charlotte to become a hub of Big Data Powering Big Business”.

The program expects to be operational by mid-2015 and we are looking for volunteers to assist with the development of the program and assist with the funding of critical start-up activities.  The program is led by IT-oLogy Executive Council members Olin Broadway, Syntelli, and Joe Deney, Peak 10.

For more information, contact Kay Read, [email protected]

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