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Big Data Education Hinges on Business, University Partnerships InformationWeek (09/04/13) Jeff Bertolucci

 In the future, data analysis is expected to play a greater role in day-to-day business operations, a trend that will require many university graduates to attain at least a basic understanding of big data tools and technologies. There will be a 25 percent growth in the need for analytics trained workers through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Meanwhile, Gartner estimates that more than 4.4 million big data-related jobs will be created by 2015, but only one third of them will be filled. A partnership between academia and business can help provide organizations with employees with data analytics skills. "It's important that [schools] find companies they can have a relationship with so that they can expose their students to new technologies that are out there," says Georgetown University professor Betsy Page Sigman. Several technology companies have been aggressively promoting stronger cooperation between higher education and business in data-related fields. For example, IBM recently announced that it is expanding its Academic Initiative by adding nine educational collaborations to its more than 1,000 partnerships with universities around the world. The McKinsey Global Institute report uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to divide big data talent into three job categories: deep analytical, big data savvy, and supporting technology.



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