Demand for Business Intelligence Professionals Rising: How Have These Roles Evolved? -Marco Fontenelle

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Writes Marco Fontenelle, General Manager of Quest Software, Latin America

Data-driven companies, the so-called “data driven”, have professionals – administrators, engineers and analysts – who are seeing how their functions evolve. With increased automation and more robust cloud services, data experts are working more closely with their organizations to deliver higher capabilities.

Almost three in four, 74%, of data experts indicate that the number of databases they manage has increased in the last three years. For 42%, the expansion of their responsibilities has been significant.

These are some of the findings from a global survey “The State of the Data Ecosystem and Job Roles 2022” that looked at how these roles are changing and embracing new modes of collaboration and technology. This study was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. in collaboration with Quest Software.

Featured Findings

  • Changing roles: Data management functions are moving away from routine to high-level tasks. There is also a more intense emphasis on cybersecurity.
  • The “Great Renunciation” arrives in this sector: Data professionals have not been immune to the Great Renunciation. Most teams in large companies report unusually high levels of employee turnover.
  • The rise of the “DevOps” culture has only just begun: Although most companies have not yet fully adopted DevOps or other approaches, interest is high, and benefits are seen among those who implement these methodologies. They are seeing the benefits of having development and operations teams that are no longer “siloed”.
  • The slow but steady rise of automation: Only about half of companies have advanced in database automation. Backup and recovery is the task that has been automated the most.
  • The balance strategy, between cloud and premises: The lines between on-premises and cloud environments are blurring. Although a substantial part of the data is now in the cloud, companies are likely to maintain data sets “on premise”.
  • Budget and staffing concerns: Although more has had to be done with less, budgets related to database tasks have been robust. Only 3% of companies have suffered budget cuts, and only 7% had a reduction in staff.

The report highlights that leaders are looking for professionals to guide the evolution towards data-driven companies. As organizations move their database operations to cloud providers, as well as the automation of routine tasks, data professionals are focusing on next-generation analytics and creating true business intelligence.
Cybersecurity – most essential to data-driven companies – has seen the biggest shift, with 67% of talent spending more time on security issues than any other role. In addition, 60% answered that they are also spending more time on analytics and data quality.
At Quest Software we envision a greater demand for data-driven skills and talent, which reflects the needs of companies worldwide to maximize their investments in cybersecurity, analytics and artificial intelligence solutions, and thus accelerate their digital transformation projects for gain the agility that markets and customers expect.

Marco Fontenelle: General Manager of Quest Software, Latin America

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