Data analysis, visualization, and other techniques for seeing patterns in data are going to be an increasingly valuable skillset. Employers take notice.
… and the conclusion of the post where I said:
I see this viewpoint all around me at the moment
Here are some more examples that I’ve come across since the original post. I understand that the subject is more likely to come up in these sources (!) but it seems clearer now than ever before.
• BBC: More or Less – a radio show that deals with numbers and statistics in the news. About 10 mins from the end there is an interview with Google’s Chief Economist who says (from the M or L website for this episode) that “the growing availability and role of data give people who can analyse and understand it the edge.”
• Computer Weekly: Recognising value in data (PDF – direct link)