Big data will be a big headache soon for IT departments, but not in the way you might think.
A Canadian-based Gartner executive told a Toronto audience Wednesday that demand for specialists who can handle analytic tools that process huge amounts of structured or unstructured data will leap in the next two years, and they’d better be ready.
Hung LeHong, a research vice-president who helps senior corporate executives and CIOs set IT strategy, (pictured) said that by 2015 big data will create a need for 4.4 million jobs around the world
But, he added, only one-third of those jobs will be filled because the expertise is hard to come by.
As result, he warned, if you have staff now in your organization hold on to them.
“There’s a lot of opportunity in big data,” LeHong said, not only for processing Web site tweets and online purchases, but also data generated from Internet-connected machine-to-machine communications and voice calls to call centres.
Not only will people with expertise in distributed computing and storage, Hadoop, NoSQL databases, complex event processing and the like be needed, he said, business analysts as well who understand the possibilities of big data will be in demand.
The session was one of a number behind held largely for Gartner customers across North America to expand on the research company’s 2013 predictions.
Other predictions include:
--Here comes mobile malware: Thanks to bring-you-own-device policies, be prepared for staff-owned mobile devices to be compromised with malware at more than twice the rate of corporate-owned devices.
This should be no surprise: Generally, staff aren’t as knowledgeable as IT pros at keeping malware at bay.
One solution Gartner recommends is organizations follow the lead of universities, which have to face the issue as their WiFi networks expand: Restrict access only to safe mobile devices. That may mean excluding low-end Android devices, whose security is questionable compared to higher-end models, LeHong said.
In fact, he added, it’s not uncommon for organizations to forbid staff from connecting to the corporate network with any Android device.
Gartner recommends that at least one-third of the money saved by BYOD should be re-invested in security initiatives to protect the corporate network.
--Company personnel data will leak onto Facebook: By 2017, 40 per cent of enterprise contact information will be in the wild. Why? Because staff will – wittingly or unwittingly – will let their smart phone contact list be transferred to Facebook. It can be done at the press of a button.