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Simplesoft Contributes to Job Profile for Data Professionals

April 26th, 2016 by

Paul Hansford from Simplesoft Solutions traveled to Boston April 14th – 16th to participate in a professional panel with 10 people from across the US. This group was selected through their work in the data industry and was chartered to build an occupational profile for a middle-skilled Big Data specialist. The group was led by the Oceans of Data Institute of the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDI) and their work was observed by Community College professors. This event was supported through funding from the National Science Foundation. The outcome was a drafted occupational profile that describes the specific skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to compete in a data-centered economy.  The next step in the process will be reaching out to peers to have them review the work that was completed to check for gaps and/or improvements.

All of this work is very similar to a previous profile (see below) designed for the tasks involved with the work of a data scientist role.

http://oceansofdata.org/our-work/profile-big-data-enabled-specialist

The projected quantity of data is growing each year and the clique that data is “everywhere” in a sense is true.  There is a strong need to promote data literacy and incorporate data-driven thinking into our daily lives.  Our economy is increasingly defined by data as is our knowledge and skills for using it effectively.  Our stakeholders and customers are demanding an increase in results that help make sense of the data in place. Simplesoft was pleased to be able to contribute to the larger picture by having a tenured consultant like Paul share his data expertise. Paul has a unique set of skills to lend to this project with his 20 years of data consulting expertise and his more recent experience teaching at the collegiate level.

Paul was energized by his participation in this valuable work and commented, “It was a real honor to contribute to the work in the world of data and databases. Organizations of all kinds are looking for data to help them transform their business model and increase productivity.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this highly important discussion.”  Simplesoft has highly skilled data specialists with a range of experience in system integration, business intelligence, CRM, and marketing automation tools.  We are looking forward to seeing the finished work.

If you would like to discuss upgrading your system, or to see a free demonstration, please contact Simplesoft Solutions.

Remember to check our CALENDAR and register for free training, demo sessions, and the Heartland Saleslogix Users Group Events.

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Paul Hansford Selected as Expert for Big Data Panel in Boston

April 12th, 2016 by

Our own Paul Hansford was nominated by a professor at Sinclair Community College for a Big Data Career panel in Boston.  Paul will represent Simplesoft Solutions as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) to work with Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) of the Education Development Center, Inc.(EDC). Paul along with other panelists will help build an occupational profile of the Middle Skilled Big Data Specialist. Paul will travel to Boston April 14th-16th to share his twenty years of industry knowledge in the panel discussions.

Paul will be joined by colleagues from the following schools: Bunker Hill Community College (MA), Normandale Community College (MN), Johnson County Community College (KS) and Sinclair Community College (OH). The other panels will help define big data careers and the qualifications needed per career such as certifications and degrees. The colleges can then determine the appropriate fit based on their regional employment needs.  This work will allow the colleges to develop curriculum for their schools to match the career profiles developed. To read more about this project you can visit the ODI website.

Paul reflected on this upcoming event, “It is very exciting to be involved in a project where my profession as a Senior Business Technology Consultant and my love for teaching collide. I have provided consulting expertise to customers both to improve their data quality and share the skills into those roles defined as Data Stewards and business administration. A project of this nature has tremendous value to our clients as they begin to hire data specialists trained through the college structure in the future.”  We are looking forward to hearing the results of the conference and how the results will benefit our customers and our region through Sinclair Community College.

If you would like to discuss upgrading your system, or to see a free demonstration, please contact Simplesoft Solutions.

Remember to check our CALENDAR and register for free training, demo sessions, and the Heartland Saleslogix Users Group Events.

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