New technologies have led to an unprecedented growth in data, with direct implications for current and future business models. Companies today know they will need to be able to use big data and advanced analytics if they hope to succeed, but around the world there is a distinct shortage of qualified professionals in the field.
“From finance to healthcare, the need for big data managers is now greater than ever, thanks to the growth in data available to companies today,” said Dr. Gail Gilboa, Head of the MBA in Big Data at Reichman University, “companies that want to use spatial data also need advanced tools, and they face a shortage of qualified experts. In response to a growing need in the industry for data scientists, academia has been called upon to study the subject in depth and train employees.”
Omri Shtayer, a former Israeli Air Force navigator with a B.A. in Management and Information systems from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is among the first graduates of the MBA in Big Data at Reichman University. Shtayer said he chose to do the program because he is “a strong believer in integrating people and technology, using computers to process large amounts of data and the human mind to process it.” As a result of his exposure to fintech in the program, Shtayer created an investment analytics startup, Lagoon, which has been named one of the top 50 New York City seed companies by the New York VC Network.
“The program at Reichman University was critical in helping me develop my skills in both management and data science and was the most comprehensive in the areas that were important to me,” Shtayer said. “In addition, the network I established enriched my life in many valuable ways.”
The MBA in Big Data at Reichman University offers students both theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Students acquire knowledge and skills in data analytics and management through courses, workshops and company projects, while also being exposed to companies and organizations and gaining hands-on experience.
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