Data management to dominate in 2017
According to Gartner, 90% of organisations will have a chief data officer by 2019.
Data management is expected to become a critical skill for organisations in the Middle East by 2017. According to a recent LinkedIn Survey, statistical analysis and data mining have become highly sought out skills for employers, both globally and in the UAE. Other critical skills include storage systems and management, as well as data protection.
Elsewhere, IDC's prediction of data growth to 44 zetabytes by 2019 - driven by IoT, cloud and mobility - displays a strong indication towards the need for data management skills in business.
Andrew Calthorpe, CEO of leading UAE data management consultancy Condo Protego, commented: "Middle East organisations need to prioritise data skills development not just for the IT team, but throughout all levels and roles in the organisations."
He added: "Every employee needs to learn how to maximise their data analysis and visualisation, to lead to better decision-making and enhanced business competitiveness. As a result, the Middle East will see the rise of chief data officers into the boardroom to drive this data transformation."
According to Gartner, chief data officers will become invaluable part of organisations, and will play a vital role in driving organization-wide skills growth. The market intelligence firm predicts that 90% of large enterprises will have a chief data officer by 2019.
Data management will also need to be prioritised to aid in overseeing complex data produced from hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined technology, and all-flash storage.
Technologies such as VCE's VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure and VMware's NSX network virtualization platform for software-defined data centres, have become increasingly popular as of late.
Like many other industry watchers, Calthorpe also holds high expectations for the Dell-EMC merger, which is also expected to impact data management greatly in 2017.
"Combining EMC's hardware with Dell's software provides Middle East organisations with all-in-one data management solutions. As a top Dell-EMC channel partner, Condo Protego is dedicated to supporting clients' digital transformation journeys with the data solutions that best meet their business needs," concluded Calthorpe.