Big Data Manager

Big Data Managers: what do they do?

Big Data Managers are highly sought-after by companies whose core business is based on technological innovation. Data managers are often tasked with creating database systems for organisations and research groups.

Their work involves analysing and studying raw data, which must be converted into an understandable and usable format for stakeholders. Data managers also make sure to identify user needs and create databases that fulfil their requests. This often involves combining old and new containers and modifying them according to their purpose. Data Managers are also referred to as Database Administrators, and their field of application can vary from the medical to financial fields, and from education to training.

But what does the role of a Big Data Manager actually entail?

What does a Big Data Manager do, specifically? Their role often involves:

  • managing the effective implementation of databases and updating work procedures and practices;
  • communicating changes and improvements;
  • performing backups and writing reports on a daily basis, updating standards, procedures and technology;
  • monitoring information, standards, procedures, measures, tools and database management technology;
  • analysing growth trends, performance, capacity and the use of storage resources;
  • getting to grips with any problems or incidents that may have occurred, or foreseeing those that might occur;
  • ensuring that the data management service meets current and future requirements;
  • evaluating storage resources and budget requirements;
  • estimating necessary expenses in order to develop and invest in new technologies;
  • collecting and analysing the information necessary to manage data and recommending improvement activities based on acquired knowledge.

Big Data Analysts must be able to interpret collected data and provide companies with results that have been analysed using proven statistical techniques. They must also oversee the development and implementation of the information collected, know how to use data collection systems and suggest strategies in order to optimise efficiency and statistical quality. Data must be acquired both from primary and secondary sources.

How do I become a Big Data Manager?

The working world needs Data Analysts, and they are often highly sought-after by companies and associations that need to collect and organise information into databases. In recent years, the explosion of big data has resulted in companies needing employees who are able to manage and analyse data in order to provide the best strategies to improve business. Usually, individuals in this particular professional field have a degree in computer science, as well as a good knowledge of computers, networks and internet language. There are also various courses and master’s degrees that can help to train Data Managers to effectively manage large amounts of data.

What sort of knowledge does a Big Data Manager need to have?

Big Data Analysts need a varied skill-set. First of all, they need great analytical skills, given that they have to work with large amounts of data. In fact, they need to be able to read and analyse data effectively in order to reach conclusions that are useful for their clients. Results also need to be presented and converted into an understandable format, which is where communication skills come into play. Big Data Managers need to know how to write and speak clearly in order to transform complex ideas into something simple and usable.

No one ever said that analytical minds aren’t capable of critical thinking. And this is one of the key characteristics that makes a Big Data Manager great at what they do. People in this role need to know how to reach new and original conclusions by looking at numbers, data and trends. In addition, they also need to be very attentive to details and have good mathematical skills in order to successfully interpret algorithms.

How much does a Big Data Manager/Analyst earn?

A Data Manager/Analyst’s average salary depends on several factors. Salary can vary depending on the company and the experience and skill acquired over the years. In Italy – where the role is in great demand, but still quite rare – average annual income is around €30,000 per annum, with the figure estimated to increase significantly in the years to come. In fact, technological innovation has resulted in numerous companies investing in the sector, resulting in a boom in demand for qualifications in this profession.

BBS offers master’s degrees and courses that can help you to become a Big Data Manager

In order to meet the needs of companies and professionals, Bologna Business School offers a wide range of courses to train up students interested in becoming Data Analysts. Depending on your chosen career path, you can enrol on the course that best suits your needs. The list of courses currently includes:

Our Master’s Degree in Data Science offers students highly specialized education and is aimed at providing them with the tools they need to transform raw data into useful and clear information for companies. During the course, students will learn how to manage big data business for large and medium-sized companies and to develop managerial communication techniques in order to work with top management.

The IT Governance & Management Program provides students with the tools needed for Digital Transformation, integrating IT service planning and delivery processes with business processes, administration and company development, reducing risk and increasing efficiency, as well as managing outsourced IT contracts.

The Big Data Analytics course is aimed at people who are interested in understanding how to analyze and juggle large amounts of data in order to improve company performance and to suggest the most appropriate business strategy. The course is designed to develop critical thinking and data analysis in order to provide companies with new and original solutions to promote growth.