In the past, to become an “expert”, you went to school; you studied a body of knowledge, received a degree or certification, and then went to work.
But now the nature of competition and the forces of innovation are shifting the frontiers of business, technology and education continuously.
For example, analytics is no longer the domain of just mathematicians or statisticians. Employees today are looking for a broad set of workers with analytics skills to help analyze sales patterns so they can better target customers with product offers; pick apart and modify operations to make them more efficient; and slice and dice data for patters and trends — faster than a teacher can say ‘don’t forget to do your homework!”
That’s why IBM is partnering with various urban educational institutions to give students the skills they need to make an impact in the world.
Toward that end, last week New York City-based Fordham University launched a Center for Digital Transformation, an academic research and development incubator centered on business analytics. Fordham is also collaborating with IBM on a business analytics degree program – along with a handful of additional courses around information management.
Similarly, IBM and Yale University recently teamed up on an MBA program to teach a curriculum of social analytics, and prepare students for the new jobs on a smarter planet.
There’s a potential treasure trove of information in all the messages being exchanged on social networks. And now students at Yale are able to get their hands on clever new software from IBM that can analyzie social media content from billions of blog posts, thousands of online forums and discussion groups, and media channels like Facebook and Twitter.
As an added bonus, students get to work side-by-side with IBM researchers and developers on new tools and approaches for putting the ballooning quantities of data companies face to good use.
These are partnerships where everybody wins. Students and teachers gain access to IBM technological expertise and routes to market. And IBM gains a “front-row seat” in nurturing the skills needed to thrive in a world awash in data.
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