featuring Cloud computing, BI, analytics top CIO priorities; What's 'cool' according to Gartner; 'Big Data' a Big Deal; and 'Customer Insight' Class Focuses on Analytics
A new IBM study of more than 3,000 global CIOs shows that 60 percent of organizations are ready to embrace cloud computing over the next five years as a means of growing their businesses and achieving competitive advantage. The figure nearly doubles the number of CIOs who said they would utilize cloud in IBM's 2009 CIO study, and is one of dozens of new insights and trends learned from CIOs worldwide in businesses of all sizes.
Delivering and consuming services to improve business outcomes is the new driver of "coolness" for the 2011 Cool Vendors research series, according to Gartner, Inc. Innovative technologies, the ongoing "consumerization" of IT and cloud computing also continue to characterize vendor coolness.
According to a recent report from McKinsey Global Institute entitled, "Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity," the United States "faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical and managerial expertise, and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the study of big data."
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be a 24 percent increase in demand for professionals with management analysis skills over the next eight years. Helping to fuel this increase is the rising use of business analytics by companies in their efforts to learn more about their customers, including buying habits and preferences.