Research firm Gartner has been warning of a massive shortfall in the number of people with the skills needed to capitalize on the possibilities offered by new data analytics technologies (aka ‘Big Data’). This, it says, is leading to CIOs scouring non-IT disciplines for the skilled staff they need.
In a recent blog post, the global head of Gartner Research, Peter Sondergaard, said that evidence for this trend had emerged from the company’s recent canvassing of CIOs.
In our preparation for the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo series we have learnt that CIOs in leading organisations are seeking to overcome this skills shortage by recruiting from a much broader field of talent. CIOs are finding the problem-solving and analytical skills they need for their organisations among biology and chemistry based graduates, most notably those found in the pharmaceutical industry.” Gartner said, “Over the next four years a total of six million jobs in the US will be generated by the information economy.”