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Analytics Talent Initiative

Close the Big Data and Analytics Skills Gap

Employer demand for analytic professionals is at record levels. Organizations in every industry need people who can uncover hidden insights in Big Data and apply them to improve decision-making and competitive advantage. The challenge is finding candidates with the right combination of talents.

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Introducing the IBM Analytics Talent Initiative

Succeeding in analytics requires more than technical skills. The Analytics Talent Initiative is an online questionnaire that enables college and university students to discover personality traits, values and cognitive abilities which could make them a good fit for analytics careers. This innovative tool reveals insights that can help:

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    Students who complete the assessment will receive a personal report listing their strengths and narrative feedback on how to develop competencies that IBM research has identified as indicative of "top performers."

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    Each participating college and university will receive end-of-semester reports showing their students' aggregate scores. These reports will help institutions better understand how their curricula have prepared students for careers in Big Data and Analytics so that they can provide the most relevant courses.

Join Leading Academic Institutions

The Analytics Talent Initiative draws on 25 years of experience tailoring assessments for individual organizations. At Kenexa, an IBM Company, our methodology combines science and a proven history of predicting performance through unique methods and observations.

The list of current academic participants is growing and will be published soon.

The Analytics Talent Initiative is part of a larger Smarter Workforce vision to empower people and transform business through innovative solutions that combine behavioral science insight, technology and analytics.