Monday, April 11, 2016

Study Big Data Through Online Learning - Jordan Friedman, US News

While the meaning of the term can vary​, "big data" usually refers to data sets that are too large and complex to be processed by traditional types of software. As technology advances and more and more data ​are collected and used each day to drive business decisions and strategies, there's an increasing demand for employees who are educated in this area, says Daphne Koller, president and co-founder of Coursera, a major provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. "What you do with all of that data, how you make use of it, is an opportunity that everyone is excited about," says Koller, "but yet there's not nearly enough qualified people to actually live up to that promise right now." With this growing demand for talent, the U.S. alone by 2018 could see a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with "deep analytical skills," according to a 2011 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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