Urgent need for more Big Data graduates and courses

By: March 4, 2014
Smartphones, social networks and connected devices, including PCs, cars and tablets, allow billions of people around the world to generate huge amounts of information Smartphones, social networks and connected devices, including PCs, cars and tablets, allow billions of people around the world to generate huge amounts of information

The tech industry, the Irish government and leading industry figures need to start working together to design post-graduate courses in data analysis.

61% of IT managers* say the reason they can’t get people skilled in data analytics is because there simply aren’t enough people properly trained in Big Data analytics.

“We’re urging Irish graduates to embark on course tracks that expose them to skills associated with data analytics to avail of jobs that new disruptive technologies will create over the coming years, particularly in the area of data science,” says Jason Ward, director for Ireland, Scotland and UK North at EMC, the US multinational that employs over 3,000 people in Ireland.

As we enter a world now dominated by the ‘internet of things’, Big Data skills have never been in such demand.

Smartphones, social networks and connected devices, including PCs, cars and tablets, allow billions of people around the world to generate huge amounts of information. This information can then be analysed to uncover trends in consumer behaviour.

“Irish tech firms, industry leaders and government need to work together to design programmes that meet the needs of industry,” says Ward.

A recent Forfás report suggests that as many as 44,000 tech jobs will be created in Ireland by 2018, many of them in cloud computing and big data. However, if more courses aren’t designed to cater for the industry’s demand for data analysts, a huge opportunity could be lost.

“In order to support this sector, and to stay in line with the Government’s action plan for jobs, we must promote and encourage skills in emerging technology,” says Ward.

*The EMC-sponsored survey of 150 Irish businesses was conducted by the Sunday Business Post in association with Sophos.