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April 5, 2010

Science of Business Intelligence

Universities Around the World Lack the Technology and Content to Prepare the Next-Generation Work Force in the Science of Business Intelligence, concludes a Survey.



Teradata Corporation has conducted an international survey. Responding to the survey were professors from more than 80 universities around the world, including Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

The survey shows:

• Universities around the world lack the technology and content to prepare the next-generation work force in the science of business intelligence.

• Their instructors are struggling to teach in conformity with the expanding demands for data analytics.

• With the rapid growth of business data, professors need access to larger systems and data sets to teach proper analysis of information.

• The Challenges, reported by the Survey Respondents, are: Technology (43%), Content (41%), Marketing (11%) and Staffing (5%).

• Teachers can't adequately prepare students because they lack access to the needed software, hardware and real-world business problems.

• Students are ill-prepared for the required rigorous statistical analysis.




• Companies are hungry for qualified new business workers. But the universities around the world are struggling to develop the next-generation business intelligence work force.

The two largest areas of concern are an inability to provide relevant and meaningful problems for students to solve, and the cost of providing the database technology needed to solve the problems.

"It's clear from the survey that instructors want to change the way students learn about business intelligence," states Barbara Wixom, associate professor at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. "Professors want to provide large data sets, contemporary software tools, and real-world content within their classrooms. But, factors like high technology costs, complex maintenance requirements, and steep learning curves present insurmountable obstacles."

Meanwhile, Teradata Corporation has stepped forward to provide the needed tools, including free software, hardware through the Teradata University Network.

"When we can help students understand what it means to use business intelligence to address problems faced by companies today, they are much better prepared to become productive employees," explained Scott Gnau, vice president and general manager, Research and Development, Teradata Corporation. "We recognize the obstacles universities face in teaching BI (Business Intelligence). By helping them prepare students, we're helping the business world capitalize on data analytics, one of the top technology priorities for companies today."

Source: Teradata University Network, Teradata Corporation



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