Founded in Orlando, Pentaho, hosts an open-source comprehensive data integration and business analytics platform that is used by industry leaders such as Sears Holdings and NASDAQ. The company was recently acquired by Hitachi Ltd for more than $500 million, a move that provides opportunity for growth in Orlando. According to Pentaho leadership, the company enjoys its Orlando location because of the convenience of the Orlando International Airport, which hosts over 175 daily nonstop flights.
With businesses turning to big data to guide their decisions, the need for a data analytics talent pool has grown. Fortunately, Orlando’s higher education institutions have developed degree programs to meet this demand. Many Orlando-based colleges offer graduate degrees in business intelligence and data analytics:
- The University of Central Florida offers a Master of Science in Data Analytics. The program, created with cooperation and input from the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, instructs students on how to turn complex data into knowledge to drive business decisions.
- Full Sail University offers a Master of Science in Business Intelligence. In addition to teaching the collection and analysis process of big data, the program teaches students how to create powerful visual representations to convey the data’s meaning.
- Embry-Riddle’s Orlando campus offers a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, where students can choose to specialize in business intelligence and analytics.
- Webster University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics.
The need for data analytics and intelligence continues to grow as technology evolves and society becomes increasingly digital. Orlando is positioned as a frontrunner for data analytics because of its highly skilled workforce pipeline and business friendly environment.
“The Orlando area proved to be a great location for the U.S. Delivery Center,” noted Bert Naquin, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Center director. “We met our initial hiring goals in half the time we expected it would take and given the success of the center and to stay ahead of clients’ needs, we’re adding up to 850 new jobs to our Lake Mary Center. The strength of the region – including a thriving international community and well-respected educational institutions – providing access to skilled, tech savvy workers – confirms our original choice for this location and makes expansion an easy call.”
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