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Big data, data center and services trends in 2017

January 23, 2017

Big data, data center and services trends in 2017

Learn about big data labor needs, emerging data center capabilities and services trends that will affect the future of the data center infrastructure solutions and services that you sell.

Big data labor market trends

Hiring the right staff to support the data center infrastructure solutions and services you sell to SMBs, mid-market and enterprise customers is critical to your success. When it comes to analyzing big data, its growing potential for business insights continues to drive demand for data scientists and statisticians. Mark Findahl, an Ingram Micro sales technology consultant, recommends looking for talent a little differently.

As you know, a data scientist manages and understands the data creation methodology. And a data statistician interprets the data in an unbiased way. Findahl recommends looking for data scientists and statisticians among professionals who are scientifically trained in methodology and statistics, not just among big data certificate programs and degrees. Findahl suggests starting with recent graduate students who possess a nonbusiness degree in sociology or epidemiology. Both are skilled at designing data and interpreting results in an unbiased manner.

Findahl also notes that there’s a misperception that these resources command high salaries. In fact, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, he estimates that salaries are around $80–90K a year.

Data center's emerging hardware trend

Two trends in the data center hardware market continue to evolve. First, as the big hardware manufacturers consolidate, smaller vendors are taking their place in the converged, hyperconverged and virtualization segments by offering more comprehensive vs. standalone solutions.

Second, storage is evolving. In the flash storage space, new players are leading with comprehensive predictive analytics that monitor the entire data center’s hardware stack and promise to simplify operations with machine learning. They’re providing more automated, proactive and diagnostic services to help you to know what’s going to fail and when, which are designed to help you capture more business through comprehensive managed services.

The future of data center services

Until more emerging data center vendors roll out more products with comprehensive predictive capabilities, demand for data center services will continue to grow. And you’ll still need to rely on your team of data scientists and analysts to help you gain an advantage through the ability to predict demands on IT and the service levels that IT can achieve.