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CompTIA advises on big data skills at GITEX

Changes in education, strong team leadership needed, says senior director

CompTIA advises on big data skills at GITEX
Stanger: The key to big data is to create teams of experts.

The rise of big data will require changes to education and strong team leadership, if organisations are going to be able meet the skills demanded by this new technology, according to Dr James Stanger, Senior Director of Product Management, CompTIA.

Speaking yesterday at the GITEX Big Data Conference, Stanger said that 85% of Middle East employers report IT skill gaps at their firms, and in the area of big data, 71% of firms behind the adoption curve struggle with skill shortages.

Big data is a buzz word, which really identifies the nexus between statistics, business intelligence, data gathering, analytics, and storage, he says, and while none of the skills involved are particularly rare, the combination and understanding of big data mean that staff with the right combination of skills are rare.

“The primary reason we lack good big data people is because early on, educational institutions tend not to teach problem solving, solid mathematics and creativity,” he says.
“The key to understanding big data is to divide the problem. Focus on creating teams of experts.”

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