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Is the next generation ready for the challenges of data governance?

Richard Jones Archive

As the information technology sector looks to the next generation for an influx of data analytics talent, there's both good news and bad. The good news is that the students currently populating the world's high schools and colleges are naturally technologically adept. They were raised with computers in their homes, and they've been able to use high-tech solutions for problem solving from a young age.

The bad news is that when it comes to the specific skills needed for information management - including mining, ensuring data quality and performing high-level analysis - formal training has been lax. It's rare that you'll come across a high school or college curriculum that truly emphasizes data governance. The data revolution is a clear phenomenon in the 21st century, but higher education isn't doing enough to meet the industry's needs.

According to Smart Data Collective, there simply aren't enough schools making data governance a priority. Nigel Turner, vice president of information management strategy at Trillium Software, points out that while some are stepping up, they are more of the exception than the rule. The University of Arkansas, Little Rock in the United States and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom are two notable examples. Most of higher ed, however, still lags behind.

"Until data management in all its forms becomes a staple of education in both business and IT disciplines, it's always going to be an uphill battle to educate those for whom data management is an alien concept," Turner explained, according to the news source.

Turner says that other elements are a bigger part of the curriculum at business schools, such as project management and finance. Even IT isn't putting enough emphasis on data. If this changes in the years ahead, it will benefit professionals at all levels - by focusing on data quality and information management, businesses everywhere can achieve better results.