Gartner Research

Adopt Managed Analytic Services to Address Growing Analytics Demand and Skill Shortage

Published: 14 September 2015

ID: G00280424

Analyst(s): Daniel Barros


Demand for data science skills is driving organizations to adopt a managed analytic services model. This is still incipient, so sourcing best practices are not yet established. Sourcing managers must understand the business drivers and ensure contract terms are adequate for the deal.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • Most BI and analytics services and platforms are designed to be process-specific or to address vertical markets, challenging sourcing managers to deal with diversified offerings in the market
  • Many BI and analytics initiatives today are contracted through a fixed price or a time-and-materials consulting project, forcing sourcing managers to deal with higher prices and risk
  • Growing analytics demand and technology evolution are driving lines of businesses and IT departments to collaborate with their sourcing managers on shifting to a managed service model to address the challenges of keeping the team's data science skills up to date

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