BIG DATA: Geneviève Fioraso praises the Grenoble INP / GEM training programme
Published on July 16, 2014
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Communique, Meeting - Debate
June 16, 2014
Our daily lives are replete with software and hardware applications and sensors that produce mass data that, due to their volume or nature, cannot be processed by traditional systems.
Big Data, a blend of information technology, statistics and information management, is a booming market. With this in mind, Grenoble INP - Ensimag and Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM - Business school) - EMSI have put together a joint training programme designed to meet the needs of professionals in this field. This one-of-a-kind Master’s level training course in France will be offered to students for the first time during the upcoming school year. The program was officially announced on 13 June 2014 at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, a Business school run by the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce, at a ceremony attended by Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State responsible for Higher education and Research, as well as several industrial partners.
Grenoble, a leader in the Big Data sector
With strong synergy between the mathematic and information technology communities, notably materialised by the Persyval Laboratory of Excellence, the Grenoble site has naturally established itself in the field of Big Data. For several years now, in cooperation with its academic partners (Université Joseph Fourier, CNRS and Inria), Grenoble INP - Ensimag has trained engineers with expertise in Big Data, both in terms of automatic data processing and large scale data storage and processing architecture. Given the strong use element also involved in the problems surrounding Big Data, Ensimag partnered with Grenoble Ecole de Management to offer a Master’s degree in Big Data.
A training program tailored to meet strategic corporate challenges
The Big Data training program, with its well-balanced scientific, technical and use content, especially highlights the ethical aspects specific to the societal dimension of Big Data. Recently accredited by the CGE (Conférence des Grandes Ecoles - Conference of prestigious schools), the specialised Big Data Master’s program offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management and Grenoble INP will train Big Data specialists and in particular “data scientists”. Their job will be to “transform data into information, information into knowledge and ideas, ideas into decision-making and innovative strategies” stated François Trouillet, Director of EMSI during the presentation. The program was compiled in cooperation with many industrial partners* who have also pledged their continuing support by committing, inter alia, to hiring its graduates. “According to the Gartner firm, the demand for qualified Big Data professionals is expected to reach 4.4 million jobs by 2016. However, it will only be possible to fill 40% of these jobs” pointed out Yves Denneulin, director of Ensimag, during the round table discussion.
Antidot, Hardis and Oracle, the manufacturers in attendance, jointly expressed their appreciation of the twofold science and technology and use expertise offered by this training programme. Yves Denneulin, director of Grenoble INP – Ensimag, and Renaud Cornu-Emieux, founder of the Grenoble Ecole de Management EMSI, received the IBM Faculty Award as recognition for developing this program.
For her part, Geneviève Fioraso expressed her enthusiasm. “Big Data is very important, not because it is fashionable but because it is essential! We are submerged with data that must be processed with agile and robust systems.” The Minister insisted on the fact that the Grenoble metropolitan area, French Tech candidate under the Digital Grenoble signature, is especially well placed to secure the label, which is aimed at federating digital players around an ambitious project to enhance France’s international influence in this area. To conclude, the Secretary of State also highlighted the importance of innovation in teaching during her visit to the GEM serious games room. The Grenoble Chamber of Commerce-run school has already developed more than 5 serious games to teach students and businesses how to innovate. On this occasion, students presented Geneviève Fioraso with a box of the Nanorider game, a board game to innovate in the business of Nanotechnologies.
Partner companies: Antidot, AXA, Euro Disney, Cegid, CIGREF, Data Publica, HP, IBM, Inria, Itris Automation Square / Minalogic PME, Laser-Cofinoga, Michelin, Oracle, La Poste and SAS, SIA partners, Schneider electric. Institutional partner : Institut de Recherche Technologique (IRT) Nanoélectronique.