Right now, big data skills are much in demand. But what will happen as software becomes sophisticated enough to handle many of those functions?
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This topic came up during a Cisco media event in Sydney yesterday after Cisco Australia CTO Kevin Bloch noted the current huge demand for people with analytics and big data skills. IBRS analyst James Turner pointed out that history suggested that eventually much of the current custom work being performed to enable this kind of analysis would be built directly into software platforms:
The mathematics will eventually be done at the software level. All the stuff will be on menus so you don't have to do it yourself.
That's a logical assumption: we saw the same pattern on a smaller scale in spreadsheets, which now routinely include built-in functions for what would have once required highly specialised coding. At that juncture, big data roles are likely to focus on business outcomes, not technology needs.
Nonetheless, we haven't reached that point yet, and the need to standardise data sources before they can be effectively interrogated suggests there will be tech-centric roles in this area for some time to come. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.