In today’s tight job market, being an analyst could bode well for your future job security. Why? Because business analysts are a hot commodity! Organizations today are gathering more and more data, and most are increasing their reliance on analytics to provide answers and insights that help top-level managers better understand their business – their customers, supply chains, finances and operations.
But where can you find employees who possess the combination of business savvy and IT skills needed to understand the different kinds of data and who know enough about the available tools and methods to apply them intelligently? This special report presents insightful articles and interviews that examine the challenges of finding analytic and data professionals with the skills necessary to move organizations forward.
A new Forrester report contends that the blurring of the business-oriented business analyst and the IT-oriented business analysts have produced the need for what they term “the business technology analyst.” The challenge they say is molding today’s business analysts into tomorrow’s highly evolved business technology analysts. Thornton May explores the questions: What do analysts do? What kind of educational backgrounds do they have? What is the best way to motivate and manage them?
Just as critical as finding the right talent is how companies organize that talent once they have it in-house. Most agree what’s needed is a cross-functional analytical team with data professionals of varying skill sets to work across the enterprise.
Universities and training facilities are honing in on these evolving needs. North Carolina State University, St. Joseph’s University and Boston University have all developed new graduate programs to address these industry changes. NCSU professor Michael Rappa created the Institute for Advanced Analytics and the United States’ first masters of science degree in analytics. He says he examined the question “What are employers looking for in graduates?” He then proceeded to build the education needed from the ground up.
Read this compilation to better understand the people, culture and skill set issues facing today’s organizations, and pick up a few tips on how you can find the professionals you need to get the most from the value that business analytics offers.
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