March 15, 2012–Schools are getting smarter by offering analytics to students. As big data takes a greater role in our professional world, teaching this subject ins college is becoming a necessity. We discovered a simpatico educational mind in the recent Smart Data Collective story, “Accelerating Analytics at MSU with Revolution R Enterprise.”
According to the story, Michigan State University and its statistics department are big analytics visionaries. “The department at MSU provides high-performance computing facilities via their Statistical Computing Cluster: a network of high-performance PCs running under the Microsoft HPC Server environment.Revolution R Enterprise 5 provides features to distribute R jobs amongst the nodes of a cluster, and to use the power of distributed computing to reduce the time required to process big-data statistical analyses.”
Schools around the world are placing emphasis like this on analytics. Others are broadening business school horizons, like Trident University’s Department of Research, Analytics and Insights, which “plays an important role in the gathering and distribution of information for planning and decision making, both for administrative and academic purposes.” We couldn’t be more excited about these developments. In ten years, once these students start hitting the work force and taking leadership roles, we imagine big data to grow unpredictably larger.