Data analysts spend half of their time doing actual analysis with the rest spent on cleansing and integrating information, according to a study sponsored by Fivetran.
Fivetran's research, conducted by Dimensional Research, highlights how data analytics has become like IT--a profession that spends more time on keep the lights on instead of innovating. The most damning item in the research is that 68% of data analysts have ideas to drive profits, but don't have the time to implement.
According to the nearly 500 data pros surveyed, more than 60% said they waste time waiting for engineering resources each month. And 90% of respondents said that their work has been slowed by unreliable data sources.
Fivetran's survey highlights a bevy of moving parts in the data analysts industry. Consider:
98% of companies are using business intelligence tools.
71% of companies plan to hire more data analysts within the next year.
74% of companies will grow business intelligence users in the next year.