Data Science needs More Hardcore Software Engineering Skills Grads: Coles

Tess Bennett 2016-09-01 Niall Keating, head of big data at Coles whose job is to modernise and simplify the supermarket giant’s information ecosystem, wants to see a rise in graduates with “hardcore software engineering skills.” Speaking at The Hadoop Summit in Melbourne this week Keating said the adoption of big data and open source technologies in Australia has been slow. He put the pace of adoption down to two factors: the risk averse nature of the Australian IT industry and a lack of skills. “We have seen a great rise of data scientists. I’ve met a lot of great data scientists here in Australia and I’ve seen a lot of universities creating courses or repositioning courses around data science,” Keating said. “That’s great… But I’m the technology guy that has…


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