A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the desperate need businesses have for workers skilled at analyzing data. The article outlines how many companies have been partnering with major US business schools to develop curriculum and certificate programs for data analytics.

The article makes it clear that finding individuals who have these skills is exceedingly difficult. From the article:

“XO Communications, a business-to-business telecommunications-services company, has been looking to increase its analytics team but is coming up short. Trent Taylor, director of customer intelligence at XO, said it isn’t easy to find someone who can pick up the business context while understanding statistics and how to structure a project.”

I’ve written a bunch about business intelligence in the past. The need for skilled data analysts will only increase as time goes on. What is your association doing when it comes to analyzing your data?