While companies are managing to fill big data positions, there's a caveat. "They are finding the candidates but a lot of what they're doing is poaching candidates from other companies," Melland said. "One of the reasons I would expect IBM is making these partnerships to make sure there's enough engineers to meet the demand they're seeing."
Also Wednesday, IBM announced the winners of an awards program aimed at university professors. Fourteen were awarded US$10,000 for their work developing curricula "designed to develop the business and technical skills required for data-crunching jobs."
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