Which Tool Do Analytics Professionals Prefer? New Survey Results from Burtch Works

EVANSTON, IL, July 13, 2016 — Burtch Works, a recruiting firm specializing in analytics and data science professionals, recently released updated results of their highly popular “SAS vs. R vs. Python” analytical tool survey. For the first time, the survey reported that open source tools R and Python received more votes than SAS.

The responses from 1,123 analytics professionals across the U.S. were tallied, and year-over-year trends showed that open source tools are continuing to gain ground, accounting for 61% of 2016 votes compared to 48% in 2015, and 35% in 2014. This was the first year in which Python was an answer choice, due to overwhelming requests from analytics professionals for the tool to be added.

Survey responses were further analyzed by respondent location, industry, education, years of experience, and analytical specialty. The full results are detailed on the Burtch Works blog.

About Burtch Works

Based in Evanston, IL, Burtch Works offers contingent and retained searches nationwide for clients ranging from start-ups to major corporations. Their specialties include data science, marketing analytics, credit/risk analytics, marketing research, consumer insights, and web analytics. Their insights have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes, CNBC, InformationWeek and other media outlets.

Katie Prezas
Director of Research and Operations

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