University of Phoenix and co-author STEMconnector® has released the white paper Big Data, Big Needs: Meeting Societal Needs for Data Science and Cybersecurity Skills. This publication introduces a framework to help businesses, organizations and foundations unlock the power of data, and reveals a need for data-fluent talent. The paper is based on key findings from the “Big Data, Open Data: Inspiring Corporate & Civic Innovation” event held earlier this year.
By 2020, the availability of data is projected to grow from more than five zettabytes to more than 44 zettabytes, which mean organizations must have the will and talent to understand and utilize data. The paper finds persistent skill gaps slow companies in maximizing their leverage of this wealth of information, and a shortage of data-fluent talent is one of the definitive workforce issues today.
University of Phoenix has created programs to help make students aware of the current utility of data, teach them how to analyze data, and instill the value of data-based decision making. For companies, the challenge is to evolve the management of talent beyond a one-size-fits-all approach, creating opportunities for employees to learn the skills they need to keep pace.