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Closing the Big Data talent gap – new report

October 29, 2015
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Recruiting, retaining and training big data analytics professionals is becoming increasingly difficult among employers across all regions, sectors and industries, according to a new paper published by Canada’s Big Data Consortium, Closing Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap.

The paper outlines six strategies for closing the big data gap. SFU is part of the consortium of senior information technology leaders, created by Ryerson University in 2014, collaborating on key issues relate to big data and analytics. SFU computing science professor Fred Popowich is on the team and can elaborate on the strategies as well as the issues connected to the big data talent gap. He says managing Canada’s big data capabilities and addressing the growing need for education and training in the field is critical to the country’s competitive advantage. Last fall, SFU launched its Professional Master's Program in Big Data, designed to help meet the demand for big data specialists.

Popowich is also the founding director of the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA, a joint research institute between SFU, UBC and BCIT) and president of the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics. SFU is a CANVAC founding member.

Fred Popowich, Faculty of Applied Sciences, 778.782.4193; popowich@sfu.ca