Universities aren’t doing enough to fix the analytics talent drought

McKinsey Global Institute sounded the data-science-shortage alarm back in 2011, sending waves of panic through IT management circles. Since then, experts have debated whether the shortage is reality or myth.Amy Gershkoff, chief data officer at Zynga and adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, where she teaches a data science for executives course, falls on the reality side of that debate. During a presentation at the recent Chief Data Officer Summit in New York, Gershkoff argued that universities aren’t doing enough to educate students in analytics and data science. In her experience, the programs available are few and far between, with an even smaller number catering to undergraduate students, she said. Among the programs that do exist, the curriculum is often light on either the…


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