Gartner Says Big Data Creates Big Jobs: 4.4 Million IT Jobs Globally to Support Big Data By 2015

  Gartner Says Big Data Creates Big Jobs: 4.4 Million IT Jobs Globally to
  Support Big Data By 2015

      Analysts Discuss Key Issues Facing the IT Industry During Gartner
               Symposium/ITxpo 2012, October 21-25, in Orlando

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012

Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla. -- October 22, 2012

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, a 3.8
percent increase from 2012 projected spending of $3.6 trillion, but it’s the
outlook for big data that is creating much excitement, according to Gartner,

“By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data,
generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States,” said Peter Sondergaard,
senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “In addition,
every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three
people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in
the U.S. will be generated by the information economy.“

“But there is a challenge. There is not enough talent in the industry. Our
public and private education systems are failing us. Therefore, only one-third
of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable
commodity,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “IT leaders will need immediate focus on how
their organization develops and attracts the skills required. These jobs will
be needed to grow your business. These jobs are the future of the new
information economy.”

Mr. Sondergaard provided the latest outlook for the IT industry today to an
audience of more than 8,000 CIOs and IT leaders at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo,
which is taking place here through October 25. He said the IT industry is
entering the Nexus of Forces, which includes a confluence and integration of
cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information.

“This is a time of accelerating change, where your current IT architecture
will be rendered obsolete,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “You must lead through this
change, selectively destroy low impact systems, and aggressively change your
IT cost structure. This is the New World of the Nexus, the next age of


The cloud is the carrier for the three other Forces: mobile is personal cloud,
social media is only possible via the cloud, and big data is the killer app
for the cloud. Cloud will be the permanent fixture, the foundation.

“Cloud is not merely about cost-cutting, the end game is not just cheap
on-demand services. In fact, 90 percent of these services are still
subscription based, not pay-as-you-go,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “We are just at
the beginning of realizing the cost benefits of cloud, but organizations
moving to the cloud are also attracted by the new capabilities they do not get
today. It is bringing new approaches to designing applications, specifically
for the cloud, and providing more resilience by architecturing failure as a
design concept. Cloud also teaches us about services and service levels, and
the contrast between what the business wants for outcomes versus IT’s old
methods of getting there.”


In 2016, more than 1.6 billion smart mobile devices will be purchased
globally. Two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40
percent of the workforce will be mobile. The challenge for IT leaders is
determining what to do with this new channel to their customers and employees.

“Mobile is about computing at the right time, in the moment. It is the point
of entry for all applications, delivering personalized, contextual
experiences,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “It means: marketing gets more time with
the customer; employees become more productive; and process flows get
dramatically cut.”

In less than two years, iPads will be more common in business than
Blackberries. Mr. Sondergaard said some CIOs are now placing orders for tens
of thousands of iPads at a time. Productivity is the driver. Two years from
now, 20 percent of sales organizations will use tablets as the primary mobile
platform for their field sales force. As a result, by 2018, 70 percent of
mobile workers will use a tablet or a hybrid device that has tablet-like

Gartner forecasts that in 2016, half of all non-PC devices will be purchased
by employees. By the end of the decade, half of all devices in business will
be purchased by employees.

Social Computing

In the next three years, the dominant consumer social networks will the limits
of their growth. However, social computing will become even more important.
Companies are establishing social media as a discipline. Gartner predicts that
in three years, 10 organizations will each spend more than $1 billion on
social media.

“Social computing is moving from being just on the outside of the organization
to being at the core of business operations,” Mr. Sondergaard said. “It is
changing the fundamentals of management: how you establish a sense of purpose
and motivate people to act. Social computing will move organizations from
hierarchical structures and defined teams to communities that can cross any
organizational boundary.”

Big Data

By tapping a continual stream of information from internal and external
sources, businesses today have an endless array of new opportunities for:
transforming decision-making; discovering new insights; optimizing the
business; and innovating their industries.

Big data creates a new layer in the economy which is all about information,
turning information, or data, into revenue. This will accelerate growth in the
global economy and create jobs.

“Big data is about looking ahead, beyond what everybody else sees,” Mr.
Sondergaard said. “You need to understand how to deal with hybrid data,
meaning the combination of structured and unstructured data, and how you shine
a light on ‘dark data.’ Dark data is the data being collected, but going
unused despite its value. Leading organizations of the future will be
distinguished by the quality of their predictive algorithms. This is the CIO
challenge, and opportunity.”

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