The phrase "big data is the new oil" may be a little tired these days, but it still holds weight in the business sector. Big data is a valuable commodity, mainly because most organizations have only begun to scratch the surface of its potential. To expedite this process, business professionals in non-technical positions are relying on IT to help leverage their information. This is a significant shift from the role IT traditionally played in its relationship with the organization. Today, standard practices such as system maintenance are commonplace, and IT departments truly provide value by their ability to assist with big data initiatives.
ZD Net contributor Jason Hiner discussed this in a recent article. Hiner says the increasing value of big data is one of the top trends driving future business technology jobs.
"So many future businesses and industries are going to be built around data, that it's going to make IT a central asset and a revenue-generator," he wrote. "Whatever you're doing in IT, think about how it relates to the future of big data and analytics because that's likely to be where a large chunk of the attention — and the budget — will be aggregated."
This is an important trend for businesses to understand because those that don't successfully leverage their data and transform collected information to actionable tools will end up falling behind the competition. The need to gain a better understanding of big data is increasing the value of working with VARs and MSPs that can provide this assistance. These organizations can benefit from working with VAR Staffing, which can help identify and recruit smart and talented individuals who understand how to help organizations make the most of their data.