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# Your next job possibility - analytics

By Murray Bourne, 16 Nov 2009

Gartner Research is a well-respected company that analyzes the impact of current trends on lives and businesses. Their main focus is on trends in IT.

In a recent article, Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2010 [no longer available], they identify advanced analytics is identified as one of the "the top 10 strategic technologies for 2010".

Their summary:

Advanced Analytics. Optimization and simulation is using analytical tools and models to maximize business process and decision effectiveness by examining alternative outcomes and scenarios, before, during and after process implementation and execution. This can be viewed as a third step in supporting operational business decisions. Fixed rules and prepared policies gave way to more informed decisions powered by the right information delivered at the right time, whether through customer relationship management (CRM) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) or other applications. The new step is to provide simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, not simply information, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action. The new step looks into the future, predicting what can or will happen.

So if you are starting college and wondering what to do, the above may give you some pointers.

Other items on Gartner's list of top strategic technologies (all of which will drive job growth) are cloud computing, green IT. social computing, security, flash memory, virtualization, and mobile applications.

Happy career decisions.

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