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February 15, 2013  10:52 AM

Building big data skills: Closing the talent gap

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Big data thrives on data scientists who use their expertise in statistical modeling and business analytics to find meaningful patterns in data sets that can grow extraordinarily complex.

Organizations everywhere are stepping up their hiring, recruitment, and training of data scientists. But there seems to be a growing alarm that we won’t have enough data scientists to go around. Will the big data revolution screech to a halt due to a shortage of data scientists?

Don’t worry. Any talent gaps that may exist are likely to be short term and ephemeral. Data science is not an elite priesthood of quants, geeks, and Ph.Ds, but rather, a set of skills and practices that are being nurtured and cultivated everywhere in the business world, not just in academia. The core data-scientist aptitudes–curiosity, intellectual agility, statistical fluency, research stamina, scientific rigor, skeptical nature–are widely distributed throughout the population.

The following trends explain why the supply of data science talent in the business world will continue to expand and the productivity of data scientists will continue to improve over the foreseeable future:

  • Data scientists are automating more of their tedious data discovery, acquisition, and preparation tasks through sophisticated tools (e.g., as IBM InfoSphere Server, IBM SPSS Modeler).
  • Data scientists are developing fewer models from scratch, because more big data projects run on application-embedded analytic models integrated into commercial solutions, such as IBM Unica.
  • Data scientists are being trained within enterprise centers of excellence, which provide forums and resources for long-time business analytics professionals to enhance their skills in hot new areas such as text mining, graph modeling, and behavioral analytics.
  • Data scientists are offering their services to the business market through professional services organizations such as IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization group; through specialized, boutique consulting firms; and through the open-source communities.
  • Data scientists are taking advantage of increasingly low-cost, self-service analytics power tools to teach themselves the core skills and become productive developers of sophisticated models

Data science is a highly skilled profession with a significant learning curve. But throngs of smart people are flocking to it in ever greater numbers to advance their careers in the age of big data. Rather than lose sleep over some overblown threat of a chronic “talent gap,” you should simply cultivate the right data scientists for your specific needs.

February 13, 2013  3:30 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: The iWatch

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Rumors have been buzzing about a team from Apple that is preparing a new wristwatch type of device that would provide the same services as the iPhone and the iPad. The product, which will be known as the iWatch, supposedly is already in development.

The people over at FuseChicken have attempted to describe what the iWatch might have in store for its users.

Tell us in the comments below if you think Apple is making the right decision by creating the iWatch and what new features you hope it will have.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

February 11, 2013  5:27 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (2/4 – 2/11)

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Did you miss the latest updates from the technology industry? Not to worry, here are 5 stories from around the TechTarget network for this week’s roundup.

1. Why SOA applications are easy to migrate to cloud – Tom Nolle (SearchSOA)

As more enterprises look to move their applications to the cloud, Tom Nolle looks at the reasons why SOA applications are the easiest to migrate.

2. FTC mobile privacy guidelines put mobile ecosystem and CIOs on notice – Linda Tucci (SearchCIO)

With the new Federal Trade Commission guidelines on mobile data, Linda Tucci says CIOs should be on high alert and update their data privacy laws before it’s too late.

3. Research: Indirect sales of IT products flat in 2012 – Lynn Haber (SearchITChannel)

Bad news for technology sales as The NDP Group Inc. reported IT sales remained flat for the third consecutive year at $58.5 billion but the storage industry did see a big jump in sales with a 10.4% increase.

4. Acme Packet buy designed to enhance Oracle communications portfolio – Mark Fontecchio (SearchOracle)

Mark Fontecchio discusses Oracle’s proposed multibillion-dollar purchase of the networking company Acme and the prospects of Oracle becoming a networking company itself.

5. Green information technology initiatives: How do you demonstrate ROI? – Editorial Staff (SearchCIO)

The SearchCIO editorial team and Twitter followers weighed in on several topics from around the IT industry including the question:  What green information technology efforts will shape the data center of the future?

February 8, 2013  1:44 PM

IT infographic: Smartphones in 2013

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The mobile industry has been creating quite a buzz in the news recently with the release of BlackBerry’s Q10 and Z10 smartphones. Along with the company back in the game, the research group API released its forecast for mobile platforms in 2013. This infographic from MuveeBlog goes in-depth on what we can expect this year from Android, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry smartphones.

Tell us in the comments below what your thoughts are for the mobile industry in 2013.

February 6, 2013  11:31 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Dell goes private

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The technology world was buzzing yesterday as Dell announced its plans to go private, with CEO Michael Dell actually acquiring the company himself along with other partners (read his internal letter to employees). Opinions have been mixed over the move, with several experts saying the company has fallen too far behind its competitors. However, other experts say this move will allow Dell to take over the reins himself and move the company in the right direction.

Check out this video with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier giving his perspective on Dell’s big move.

Was this the right move for Dell? Tell us in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

February 4, 2013  3:23 PM

Top IT-related Super Bowl blackout tweets

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As many have either seen or heard about, a blackout occurred during last night’s Super Bowl match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers causing a 30 minute delay. However, it didn’t stop IT users from taking a swipe at football’s biggest game.

Check out the Storify below, or view it here and let us know your favorite IT-related blackout tweet from last night’s game.

January 31, 2013  11:57 AM

International IT events abundant in February 2013

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Australia, England, Puerto Rico and Spain…IT events are springing up all across the world in February! See if you can make any of these great conferences.

1. Kaspersky Threatpost Security Analyst Summit (February 3-7, San Juan, Puerto Rico)

2. Parallels Summit 2013 (February 4-6, Las Vegas, Nevada)

3. Apps World North America (February 7-8, San Francisco, California)

4. TechTarget: Leveraging SAP HANA in-memory analytics for unparalleled speed, insight and performance (February 7, Houston, Texas)

5. Everywhereelse.co: The Startup Conference (February 9-12, Memphis, Tennessee)

6. Finance Transformation & CFO Forum 2013 (February 12-14, London, England)

7. Women 2.0 Conference 2013 (February 14, San Francisco, California)

8. 17th Annual International IT Service Management Conference & Exhibition (Pink13) (February 17-20, Las Vegas, Nevada)

9. Wireless Without Limits (February 18-23, New Orleans, Louisiana)

10. HP 2013 Global Partner Conference (February 19-21, Las Vegas, Nevada)

11. MODELSWARD 2013 (February 19-21, Barcelona, Spain)

12. TechTarget: CW500 Club (February 20, London, England)

13. VMware Partner Exchange 2013 (February 23-28, Las Vegas, Nevada)

14. Gartner Business Intelligence & Information Management Summit (February 25-26, Sydney, Australia)

15. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 (February 26, Boston, Massachusetts)

16. TechTarget: The New Rules of Backup and Data Protection (February 26, Toronto, Canada)

17. TechTarget: Building Storage Systems to Support Virtual Environments (February 28, San Jose, California)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!

January 30, 2013  10:57 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: RIM changes name to BlackBerry

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Just minutes ago at BlackBerry’s highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 launch event, CEO Thorstein Heins stunned users by dropping the name ‘RIM’ and changing his company’s name to ‘BlackBerry’. In his speech, Heins said, ““From this point forward — we are BlackBerry. One brand. One promise“.

Check out this exclusive interview with BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben, on why the company is changing its brand and what it will mean for the future.

Is this a risky move? Tell us in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

January 29, 2013  3:30 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (1/21 – 1/28)

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Looking for the latest news and highlights surrounding the IT industry? Check out 5 stories from across the TechTarget network in this week’s roundup!

1. Leadership qualities of CIOs who do big things – Linda Tucci (SearchCIO)

Linda Tucci goes in-depth on the idea of a ‘Renaissance CIO’ by looking at the traits of industry leaders (selected by a committee) to see what they have in common and how they have impacted their companies.

2. Social media listening pulls direct opinion, focus groups get personal – Sue Hildreth (SearchCRM)

With social media listening becoming the primary way that companies interact with their customers, focus groups and surveys look to be on the way out. However, Sue Hildreth talks to several experts who say these tools still have a role to play.

3. Cisco software business to double with help from Cisco SDN strategy – Shamus McGillicuddy (SearchNetworking)

As part of its goal to become the number one IT company in the world, Cisco said it will double its software business in the next 5 years through acquisitions and emerging technology (especially SDN).

4. Cyber-security services: Identify, respond to and evaluate an attack – Gina Narcisi (SearchNetworking)

With enterprises battling constant cyber-security attacks, Gina Narcisi looks at the most important ways companies should protect themselves.

5. Convenience of mobile accounts payable software brings security risks – Emma Snider (SearchFinancialApplications)

As more people are using smartphones for barcodes and checks, Emma Snider explains the pros and cons of accounts payable software for users and companies alike.

January 23, 2013  1:09 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Kim Dotcom’s Mega

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World-renowned (both famous and infamous) technology hacker Kim Dotcom recently released his new website Mega, which offers 50GB of free storage. Dotcom, who was arrested in early 2012 for copyright infringements on his previous site MegaUpload, has said over 500,000 users have signed up for Mega in the first 14 hours alone.

Here’s his speech from the Mega launch several days ago. Tell us in the comments below if you think his new website will be a success or a failure.

Blasts from the past:

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

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