5 Things Data Professionals Need to Focus on in 2018

Back in 2012, the data scientist was declared "the sexiest job of the 21st century," largely due to the huge amount of potential for these professionals to create business value from countless volumes of messy data. Here it is almost 2018, and data professionals continue to find themselves with the most sought-after expertise in the US. That's because data creation is happening at lightning speeds from sources that multiply daily.

Data is coming at us fast, and not just via streaming big data. The role of the data professional becomes even more challenging as new database types, services and features are being delivered at a faster rate. Add to this a mix of new compliance and legislative changes and even the most savvy professionals are struggling to keep up.

On Demand
1h 00min

Join Karen Lopez, Chair of the 2018 Interop ITX Data & Analytics track, as she walks through the top five technologies and methods career data professionals – and aspiring data professionals -- should be focusing on to stay ahead of the data deluge in 2018.

During this webinar we’ll explore:

  • Why 2018 will be the “year of data” yet again
  • How you can help your entire company get a grip on big data
  • Critical areas you can’t neglect
  • Emerging technologies to be on the lookout for in 2018
  • And more.

Featured Speakers

  • Karen Lopez
    Karen Lopez
    Sr. Project Manager and Architect

    Karen is a senior project manager with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards based on the department's culture, experience, and focus.

    Karen is a chronic volunteer. She is an international speaker on modern development and design processes. She specializes in engaging, often irreverent presentations on data and career-related topics. She blogs at www.datamodel.com. In her spare time, Karen volunteers to provide social media outreach for non-profit and governmental agencies on the topics of STEM, space exploration and diversity issues in the workplace.

  • Peter Krass
    Peter Krass
    Contributing Editor

    Peter Krass is an editor and writer specializing in business technology. Formerly, Peter held senior editorial positions with Inc., Planet IT, Smart Enterprise, TechBuilder, InformationWeek and the BusinessWeek newsletter group.