A persistent skills gap plagues employers in all major industries, spurring creation of SAS Analytics U, a program for developing the next generation of analytical talent. But the skills gap, we know, can mean different things to different people. This series features interviews with those who employ, possess, and educate analytics talent.
We launch our look at the analytics skills gap from the employer perspective.
BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
MaryAnne DePesquo, an health analytics thought leader who currently works at BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
(BCBSAZ), shared her views on the need for analytics talent in an interview with Trent Smith, a government and education specialist at SAS (this site's sponsor).
DePesquo, who has a Master's in statistics, has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years, taking her skills to major pharmaceutical companies, contract research and healthcare quality improvement organizations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Veterans Health Administration. At BCBSAZ, where she is senior manager of informatics advanced analytics, her responsibilities include predictive modeling, marketing segmentation, and price and quality transparency initiatives.
A voracious consumer of knowledge and new experiences, DePesquo has traveled to all seven continents, yet her list of countries to visit is still very long. When at home, she sharpens her analytical mind by doing crosswords, jigsaws, number puzzles, and reading books.
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