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Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

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One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and… continue…

As Data Needs Increase, R Shows Slow, Steady Growth

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By Orla O’Sullivan Although R is riding the waves of Big Data and open source, plus benefiting from a swell of startups who use it as an inexpensive yet effective tool, opportunities that rely on skills with the statistical analysis language remain modest. That’s an odd dynamic, given that the program is widely taught and free in a space where competitors can cost thousands of dollars a year to license. Developed by statisticians rather than programmers, R is known as… continue…

IT Warned to Prepare for New HR Demands

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Human Resouces Application
Changes in the way companies hire and manage their resources will impact the technology used to support Human Resources functions, forcing IT departments to implement applications that match new approaches to managing the workforce. Speaking to Computer Weekly, Jason Averbook, chief innovation officer at cloud consulting firm Appirio, said the changes “will create headaches” as technology departments scramble to deliver new services to a dispersed workforce. “By 2020 there will be upwards of 50 percent of employees [in a typical… continue…

Big Data Spurs New Role: the Chief Data Officer

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Chief Data Executive
The C-suite is getting a new title on an office door: chief data officer. Inside sits the executive responsible for making enterprise data benefit the organization as an asset while assuring the quality of information being gathered and used. What this means to the existing IT infrastructure and the people who support it depends on how the position is created, what support staff is provided and who the CDO reports to. It also depends on how the CDO role is… continue…

More Business Units Want Their Own Analytics Talent

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Data Analysis
More and more, we hear that technology tasks are moving outside of the traditional IT department, with business units relying on embedded expertise to handle their unique technology needs. Here’s another example of the trend: More non-technical departments are developing their own analytics strategies and kicking off projects with their own resources rather than relying on a central IT function. In part, that’s because business leaders often see the technology group as a stumbling block as opposed to a resource.… continue…

Yes, In-Memory Tech Is a Lot of Hype. But You Can Profit From It.

Posted In Data, Working in Tech
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A few years ago, executives at SAP AG decided to make a very big bet on in-memory technology as a competitive differentiator. The logic went something like this: customers want faster applications, and a data-management system that leverages main memory for storage (rather than a “traditional” database system, which stores data on persistent media) is more than capable of delivering that necessary speed. Driven by that thinking, SAP has integrated its proprietary in-memory technology (known as HANA, which stands for… continue…

Google’s Android Studio vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

Comparing Eclipse and its Google-made Google Plugin with Google’s own Android Studio. continue…

Snowden Appears at TED Via Robot

The government whistleblower seems determined to keep a public profile despite his asylum in Russia. continue…

IBM Denies Giving Client Data to NSA

In a blog posting, IBM insists that it hasn’t been involved in PRISM or other surveillance efforts. continue…

Goldman Sachs Ambivalent on Bitcoin

In a new report, the investment firm suggests that Bitcoin “likely can’t work as a currency.” continue…