Big Data

Tools and techniques related to managing and understanding ever-larger amounts of data

Do You Need an Oracle Database Specialization?

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Companies need solid teams if they’re going to build environments to take advantage of Big Data, and what a given company looks for in candidates depends on its specific data needs. If you’re looking to jump in or upgrade, the possibilities for the next 12-18 months may seem limitless. “First and foremost, any skill in the database arena is really, really strong right now and demand for professionals in this space is very high,” says John Reed, senior executive director… continue…

10 Startups Leading the Way on Big Data

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An increasing number of startups are positioning themselves to take advantage of demand for Big Data solutions. It’s no surprise. IDC forecasts that the Big Data market will outpace the growth of the overall information and communications tech sector to reach $32.4 billion by 2017, so Big Data is a good place to be. The use of Big Data is relatively new, which means the candidate pool for solutions can be small, observes John VanderSande, a Boston-based principal consultant with… continue…

Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

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One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Newcomers to Hadoop

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The Hadoop market reached $256 million in vendor revenue during 2012 and is forecast to grow to nearly $1.7 billion in 2017, according to Wikibon, an open source advisory community based in Marlborough, Mass. So veteran developers, architects and data warehousing specialists are spending every spare moment learning the framework for storage and large-scale processing of data sets. If you’re new to Hadoop and are interviewing for a Hadoop-heavy job, be ready to describe your hands-on experience with the framework,… continue…

Is Apache Spark the Next Big Thing in Big Data?

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In any article or blog post, any mention of Big Data usually includes something about Hadoop. When it comes to Big Data, Apache Hadoop has been the big elephant in the room, and the release of Hadoop 2.0 in 2013 made the environment easier and more stable. But even with the inclusion of Impala for querying stored information real-time, Hadoop is still a batch-based system that processes data in, well, batch mode. Big Data processing is said to have three… continue…

Attitude, Aptitude Can Trump Experience in Big Data Jobs

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The hiring landscape for tech professionals skilled in NoSQL is changing as more companies move toward adding Big Data applications to their arsenals. John VanderSande, a Boston-based principal consultant with WinterWyman’s Software Technology Search group, notes that the use of Big Data in business is relatively new, and that while the number of companies utilizing NoSQL is increasing rapidly, the number of people who have the skill set necessary to harness it is relatively small. “There’s that wide gap (between… continue…

Is Julia the Future for Big Data Analytics?

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In many Big Data analysis blogs, at Big Data meetups and in the halls of the most recent O’Reilly Strata Conference, one of the most-discussed topics is which language is better for data analysis: Python or R. Some of the talk has even reached “religious” overtones not unlike previous discussions on Windows vs. Linux or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer vs. Mozilla Firefox. So what’s the issue here? Why are Big Data analysts so concerned with what language to use? In my… continue…

Increasing Demand for Oracle DBAs

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Employment for DBAs is projected to grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While that’s a slightly slower gain than is anticipated for some other areas of technology, it’s still significant enough to get attention. Among those DBAs, industry watchers say, many positions will go to those with Oracle DBA experience. John Reed, a Colorado-based senior executive director at Robert Half Technologies, is bullish on Oracle DBA hiring trends. “Oracle is positioned really,… continue…

Why Retail Analytics Specialists Need New Skills

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Following the consumer fallout of the massive security breach that engulfed Target, retail analytics specialists may find it tougher to glean valuable shopping data from consumers. Consumers’ privacy concerns have already been heightened by the National Security Agency phone spying debacle, and may be exacerbated by the Target incident, making them more reluctant to willingly share information with retailers. Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that 2014 will be the year of privacy, says InformationWeek. In the wake of all… continue…

Big Data Job Openings Jump 13 Percent

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Nearly 90,000 Big Data jobs were available during September, a 13 percent year-over-year increase, according to an analysis of online job postings by Wanted Analytics. Given the corporate world’s continually growing appetite for analytics and intelligence gleaned from the data it collects, it’s no surprise. Specifically, 88,000 jobs were open during the month. The industries with the biggest need for Big Data professionals were health and medical insurance carriers, colleges, universities and professional schools, business support services, computer systems design… continue…