Should We Hire or Train IT Professional To Analyze Data

by Phuong H
In the article ” Big Data Analysts: Do You Hire or Train for it?” written by Mary Shacklett, the author asked should the company hire or train a an IT profession to analyze the big data. There is con and pro for both. Hiring an IT profession would definitely boost up the process because they’re used to the tools and the process. However, it comes with a high cost to hire an experienced IT profession. On the other hand, training an IT profession will save money but it will takes time. The author also give a scenario where it would be a good idea to train an IT profession rather than hiring one and vice versa. For example, when there is a problem with data analyzing, accuracies (company like pharmaceutical) or develop complex algorithm, it would be best to hire a professional IT analyst. When it come to data mining, the company should “looking internally at their own engineering and research people” because they are expert in that field doing data mining can also help them searching for the new trend. For instance, “A market research analyst in Marketing can potentially be stretched into a big data analytic expert on customer and product trends.”

I choose this article because the article’s title hook me. I thought that it will be a good idea to hire a professional from outside to help because they are an expert in that field. However, after I read the article, I realized that for small company it’s not the case. Instead they should train an individual within the company for the job because that would save them money and moreover, the person who do the data mining can also learn the new trend.


5 thoughts on “Should We Hire or Train IT Professional To Analyze Data

  • November 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I think that it is better to hire somebody with an experience already in the field because in the long run it helps save money and time to a company. I don’t believe that business owners should invest in training people when we need somebody to deal with sensitive aspects of a business such as data because it will only delay the company’s progress by having first to train the people to do the job. However, as student I must agree that is good for companies to invest in their employees to develop skills in areas they need the most so that we can have the real life experience and develop skills.

  • November 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Interesting post! There are both pros and cons of whether to hire or train, it is really hard to make choice between. However, I think in order to make the right decision that employers need to ask themselves: Where we are? What we need? If a company is running well and stable, then it might set up a training program and offer it to people who are committed to the company. If a company is just doing fine but not very stable, then they might not have the financial power or time to investing in the training program. Therefore, hiring a qualified and experienced professional IT employee is more considerable.

  • November 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Very interesting article choice. This is a dilema that I am sure every company face, not only with weather they should train internally or hire, but also promote internally or hire externally. I know at my current job they always attempt to train associates to do other tasks(not as technical as those in this article), but I believe this is to also boost morale a bit to show other employees they can move up in the company.

  • November 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Interesting post, In my opinion, I think the answer is what field you are in. If it requires very technical data, you should definitely hire a profession for it although it costs a lot, it would be more time wasting if you train a person to do the same job. In my current job, my company use to promote internally before looking to hire new profession at high cost. If the person who has commitment to do the job, I have seen them learn new task very quickly.

  • November 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Its funny you say that you chose this article because the title attracted you – I’m replying to your article because your title attracted me to read your post! As an individual who works at a non-profit, I agree with your opinion that for smaller companies, the expert in the field who already works at the company should be the one analyzing the data. Because smaller company have limited resources, they may be hurting themselves more than they are helping themselves. Though, if I was running a large corporation, I would hire a data analyzer in a heart beat so that our operations could run smoothly, and more importantly, accurately.

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