Channel Makes Slow Progress in Big Data Race

By Michael Vizard  |  Print this article Print

The challenge facing solution providers is not when big data projects will manifest themselves but if they will have the skills to seize those opportunities.

Training Will Be Key

For solution providers in the channel the number of trained big data specialists being turned out by universities, such as MIT, is key. One one hand, it's those specialists that help create the demand for big data applications. Just as importantly, those graduates also create the pool of talent that solution providers need to build, deploy and service those applications.

A shortage of big data talent is hampering the overall growth of the market. Corporate interest in big data outpaces the availability of skilled workers to address its potential.

"As organizations rely more on analytics, there is a sense of urgency to retool their workforce with skills that will enable more decision-makers to take advantage of new analytic technologies," wrote Chris Preimesberger of eWEEK, a Channel Insider sister site.

The real challenge facing solution providers, however, may not be when exactly those big data projects will manifest themselves, but rather if they have the skills needed to seize those opportunities when the demand for big data expertise finally materializes.

A recent column in Forbes summed up big data's progress: "Here's the thing: though big data itself has certainly grown into adolescence and the need for big data analysis has reached somewhat of a unanimous, economy-wide realization, big data platforms are still in their primal state."

Solution providers need to start preparing today if they really want to profit from big data tomorrow.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.