Big data is going to have a big impact on IT spending globally as the Gartner research firm forecasts that it is going to create a demand for 4.4 million big data-related jobs globally.
Gartner forecasts total IT spending to rise by 3.8 percent in 2013 to $3.7 trillion (£2.3tn) globally, up from the $3.6 trillion that is expected when the books are officially closed on 2012. Gartner released the forecasts on 22 October at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that it is hosting in Orlando, Florida.
Big data is the catch-all term for technology that is used to store and analyse vast amounts of data that companies and other enterprises are collecting about their customers, their buying habits and other business information, an analysis that informs business decisions.
“Every big data-related role in the US will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in the US will be generated by the information economy,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research at Gartner.
However, Sondergaard warned that there is not enough talent to fill the available positions and that only one-third of the 1.9 million big data jobs are likely to be filled.
“Our public and private education systems are failing us,” he said. “Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity.”…
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