There are undoubtedly many ways to approach a task of this magnitude, but for me it starts with creating more experts.
One of the biggest challenges facing Data Science and Analytics in the Philippines right now is a lack of subject matter experts.
Those who have the background, the experience and the skills to be a senior analyst or data scientist are in short supply.
Over the past years the demand for top DSA has boomed laying bare an unescapable reality, there just aren’t enough of us to go around.
The proliferation of data themed trainings, coupled with the recent launch of several academic efforts to mint experts show us that there are those thinking about how to address the supply problem.
However, my worry is that these efforts are simply too small in scope to significantly alter the trajectory we are currently on.
Even on my own, as a top expert and training resource, I can only directly impact a couple of thousand Filipinos a year.
If my analysis of the current DSA Ecosystem plays out, we, and by we, I mean ALL parties involved in training DSA experts, we will still be far short of the 500,000 DSA job opportunities the Philippines will see by 2022.
To turn things around we need to not just focus on creating DSA experts, but creating DSA experts who can create more DSA experts.
It starts with training trainers who can train DSA topics.
It continues as we influence our leaders, our policy makers and our educators to address the need for experts via the education system.
At the same time we embrace non-traditional ways of learning and we enable self-educated experts.
All the while we train, train, train. Upskill train entry level workers for new careers, train managers to manage using data and build teams who know data, and train executives how to lead their organizations into the digital age.
And our efforts build as we unify the ecosystem to get key players to align into a framework that supports each other.
With that, we then move these efforts nationwide.
Now we are talking. This concentrated effort might just get us to 500,000 Filipino DSA experts, which can mitigate the risk to the BPOs, make us competitive across the Asia-Pacific region and succeed in the digital transformation of an entire country.
And that’s why I call it our Moonshot.
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