Meeting Demand for Data Analysts (Part 2)
A longer-term effort to significantly increase the number of Big Data analysts in the Philippines is to introduce more formal courses, both undergraduate and graduate programs in this field. Already there are encouraging signs that the leading institutions of higher learning like the Asian Institute of Management, the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, the Ateneo University and others are already offering or planning to offer specializations in business data analysis or data sciences. What I will describe in this article are the various levels of competencies that academic programs can develop for the BDA sector as have been made available by the University about which I am most familiar, the University of Asia and the Pacific. UA&P was a pioneer in offering a masteral program in applied business analytics which purport to produce as quickly as possible the different skill levels in the BDA industry, i.e., the data steward, the data engineer, the data scientist and the functional analyst. This Master in Business Analytics (MABA) program is addressed to young professional people with undergraduate degrees especially in engineering, accounting and finance, economics, the sciences and the humanities. Many of them can be found in the existing BPO-IT sector, especially among those who are already in the non-voice Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) industry. Others are self-employed entrepreneurs or middle-level managers in large corporations.