Demystifying statistics – The need for big data analytics in growing your business

By Robert Half on 29 October 2017

For the most part, companies are aware of their need for big data analytics in understanding its customers, and how essential data mining is.

But what can data about customers’ buying habits – including where, how and why they want a product – do for a company?

The problem lies with how the data is being put to use. Though business decisions made by companies have been reliant on data. An absolute pity, given how a company can identify the buying trends of consumers from a quick analysis of the numbers.

By making sense of the numbers, a well-targeted campaign will be more effective, raising the profit margins of business decisions and reducing the associated risks at the same time.

Who are the big data analytics experts?

Now is a good time as any for companies to actively recruit these data wizards. This is an unusually broad category as data analysis is not limited to one specific feature. The likely candidates should preferably have been employed as one of the following:

  • Solutions architect
  • Developer
  • Data consultant
  • Process improvement head or specialist

Besides setting the search criteria based on one of the above mentioned data analytics professionals, the recruitment department should suss out some essential core skills from likely candidates.

The most basic criterion is the ability to understand statistical concepts and apply the knowledge on statistical software for reporting.

How will it affect Japan?

Not one job fits all though. Trends vary according to each market, a point that needs to be closely monitored by the companies in Asia, with the most interesting market to date is Japan.

Besides the boost by its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ‘Abenomics’, the Japanese market is looking strong in the areas of online and digital marketing. With it, the need to make sense of the big data that comes with it, from customer preference to buying habits, drive the demand for proven professionals with strong data analytics skills.

Are there career prospects in big data analytics?

Hoping to build a career as a data analyst? Getting better at the job is just as essential. Understanding the latest data analysis methodology and process is a constant learning process.

More importantly, each industry has its own unique problems, so a quick mind towards adaptive application is a huge advantage.

For employers and employees alike, do not neglect the soft skills. This is especially important when one needs to communicate the meaning behind the numbers.

An effective communication ability to simplify the meaning behind the data and convince both internal and external parties of its importance is crucial.

The truth is, there is no lack of big data analytics professionals, what with the focus on using data to do effective marketing, not just offline but also digitally via social media platforms.

The trick is to find one that sifts through a mountain of data and applies the knowledge to boost the business profile.

If anything, the market is stronger than ever for IT professionals. The above mentioned points are a primer to get you started on understanding the nuances and need for big data analytics. And more importantly, how you can fit into the bigger picture.

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