LAS VEGAS: Young people seeking a job in the IT industry should pay closer attention to the emerging field of data science, according to EMC chief executive Joe Tucci.
Speaking to reporters at the company's annual EMC World conference, Tucci said the emergence of big data platforms and large-scale cloud computing systems will make the practice of analysing and managing data a key skill which may prove even more vital for employment than a computer science degree.
"The question is how do I tap into that data as well as my own structured and unstructured data?" Tucci said.
"That is what is going to make the business of tomorrow successful."
The comments come as EMC has made big data and cloud the focal points of its annual user conference along with the rollout of new hardware and software platforms.
Tucci is one several top EMC executives who have urged firms to pay closer attention to data analysis this week. President Pat Gelsinger told reporters that as cloud platforms and virtualisation have reduced the role of the enclosed, on-premise application, data management is becoming more important than ever.
Gelsinger predicted that in the near future firms will make purchasing decisions based not on ties to a specific application but rather the requirements of the data itself.
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