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Hanover, Md. – September 25, 2013 – TEKsystems® today released the findings of its latest industry survey which reveals how IT leaders and IT professionals view the current state of Big Data initiatives and their impact on their organizations. The study exposes the fact that while Big Data is viewed as impacting organizations on a grand scale, IT leaders are under the impression that they have progressed further than IT professionals can verify.
The study, conducted on behalf of TEKsystems Global Services®, represents views of more than 1,500 IT leaders and 2,000 IT professionals from companies of all sizes. Key findings include:
Big Data – Difference of Opinion on Progress and Confidence
Ninety percent of IT leaders and 84 percent of IT professionals believe investments of time, money and resources into Big Data initiatives are worthwhile, however opinions vary on where their organizations stand on being able to take advantage of Big Data efforts.
Big Data – Agreement on Priorities and Challenges
Both IT leaders and IT professionals have common viewpoints on a number of issues.
Big Data – Skill Sets the Missing Link
More than 80 percent of IT leaders and 77 percent of IT professionals believe there is a significant shortage of workers with the skills required to plan, execute and take advantage of the potential of Big Data projects.
"While the promise of Big Data initiatives are commonly accepted, the organizational readiness is questionable," says TEKsystems Research Manager, Jason Hayman. “The skills organizations need do not necessarily come from the usual IT talent pools and the competition for those skill sets is heated. Organizations need to develop a blended sourcing strategy for hiring the innovative thinkers with backgrounds in mathematics and statistics."
TEKsystems' Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information
about the survey or to schedule an interview please contact Rick McLaughlin (TEKsystems@daviesmurphy.com).