In 2019, the UK was listed as the largest data market in Europe, and the third largest globally behind the US and China respectively. Around the globe, the amount of data being created every year will grow exponentially if previous years are any indicator - according to IBM, 90% of the world’s data was created between 2017 and 2018 alone.
The number of companies that have fully implemented big data has more than doubled in the past year, while more than eight in 10 have increased investment and nearly half of UK organisations applying big data for insights.
There are a variety of established industry bodies representing data professionals across the globe. While Computing and techUK are some of the leading associations within the UK, global industry bodies such as the DSA and the DAA have an extensive network of data professionals all over the world, with each working towards advancing the use of data to understand and improve the digital world through professional development and community.
The sector will continue to grow rapidly as society becomes more reliant on technology. The IDC predicts that by 2025, the total amount of digital data created worldwide will rise to 163 zettabytes, ballooned by the growing number of devices and sensors. According to “The Data Economy Report” by Digital Realty, UK-based data centres will be responsible for the storing of data worth just over £103bn annually by that same year, leading to a massive increase in the number of jobs created.
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