Analytics

CIOs Need to Make Room for Chief Data Officers

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The building of a digital business that leverages IT to make processes more efficient is all the rage these days. That construction, however, requires organizations to actually manage data as an asset, rather than a burden. At least on paper, the chief information officer (CIO) is responsible for all things within the organization that relate to information. In practice, however, many CIOs tend to focus on infrastructure rather than information, and often choose to treat all data more or less… continue…

Big Data’s Growing Role in Technical Hiring

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Under pressure to recruit and retain top talent, large employers are increasingly turning to predictive analytics as a key element in their hiring and retention practices. For now, the focus is on using personality tests to identify promising front-line employees, such as call center or sales people. But the use of Big Data—and the pressure on HR departments to harness it in measurable ways—is growing. Does that mean software engineers and other technology pros will face personality testing on the… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…

The Key Skills Needed by Big Data Engineers

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A mix between data scientist and engineer, Big Data engineers are a new breed in the technology community. Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? The skills required for Big Data engineering roles aren’t necessarily new things, but they do require a certain level of understanding in a few particular areas for candidates to be successful. Those particular areas? Math and scientific analysis. If you’ve been successful in engineering roles with those skills in the past, even… continue…

Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

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So-called “Big Data” has never been more popular among organizations, and those with the ability to analyze vast amounts of data find themselves much in demand. That demand, in turn, could drive more graduates to embrace analytics as a career. But for anyone contemplating such a move, be warned: Data scientists within even the most dynamic company face a whole lot of drudgery as part of their daily routine. A new study by The New York Times estimates that data… continue…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

Need for Tech Pros With Analytics Skills Keeps Growing

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More companies are collecting more internal and external data than ever before, increasing the need for tech pros capable of wielding powerful analytics tools. The number of jobs posted on Dice for NoSQL experts has risen 54 percent year-over-year, ahead of postings for professionals skilled in Big Data (up 46 percent), Apache Hadoop (43 percent), and Python (16 percent). Employers are also seeking those with expertise in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms, to the tune of 20 percent more job postings over… continue…

For Best Data Analytics, Collaboration is Key

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A new report from research firm IDC suggests that “Big Data” projects yield best results when a company’s IT, analytics, and line of business (LOB) units collaborate tightly together. Seems obvious, right? Except that, as interest in analytics increases among companies, there’s the perception that employees tasked with data crunching can (and should) do their jobs without the involvement of other business units; the rise of powerful “self-service” business-intelligence tools has only emphasized that theme. With many companies’ personnel resources… continue…

Employers Can’t Find Enough Scala Talent

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Some have wondered whether the recent release of Java 8 could be bad news for Scala, which gained fans with its functional programming capabilities on the Java Virtual Machine. Scala’s creator Martin Odersky doesn’t believe it. He’s said the release will bring the Scala and Java communities closer together. And Typesafe, the company Odersky created to support and promote Scala, is touting it as good news for all. Click here to find Scala jobs. “Typesafe is excited to see Java… continue…

Google’s Century-Long Survey Offers Management Tips

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Google wants to conduct a century-long survey of its employees. That’s an ambitious goal, to put it mildly—most companies don’t think much beyond the next few quarters, if that. But Google feels that, if it can run twice-annual surveys of 4,000 employees through 2114 or so, it can gain some profound insights into the long-term effects of corporate decision-making. Click here to find more HR jobs. “We ask about traits that are static, like personality; characteristics that change, like attitudes… continue…