Big Data

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

EMC’s Joe Tucci Forecasts Future for DBAs

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Wonder what the future holds if you’re a database administrator or other IT pro? EMC’s CEO Joe Tucci on Tuesday sent a clear message on the future of the data center – be ready to transform yourself. Tucci, a keynote speaker at Oracle’s OpenWorld, addressed how technology has morphed into a software-defined data center, where the magnitude of unstructured data is growing at a phenomenal rate and millions of new applications are being built to access the information from across… continue…

Big Data = Big Opportunity…But For You?

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Looking ahead, Big Data skills are expected to be in big demand – but hard for employers to find the people who have them. A CompTIA study released this week finds 43 percent of employers plan to hire people who already possess big data skills, while roughly two-thirds plan to invest in training for current employees. The survey queried 500 IT customers and 500 vendor representatives. “As executives across the organization drive data initiatives, new roles may emerge that incorporate… continue…

IBM Expands Big Data Academic Program

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With the explosive growth in Big Data and the new jobs expected to be created around it — 4.4 million worldwide by 2015 – IBM’s working with more than 1,000 universities to prepare students to do them. Students and faculty are hungry for access to real-world data sets, software tools and experts to help them come up with solutions for real problems, Jim Spohrer, IBM Director of Global University Programs, told Dice News. As an academic initiative partner, IBM will… continue…

Big Data Training vs. Education

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“Big Data is Big Business with many new opportunities for technical people.“ I’m sure many of you have heard something like this. Last year, the Harvard Business Review went so far as to call data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” (I actually have this article framed on my office wall as I don’t think anyone will ever again call my job “sexy.”)  My point is: Time and again, we’ve been told that there’s a dramatic lack of… continue…

Cisco to Lay Off 4,000 Workers

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Cisco plans to lay off 4,000 workers beginning this quarter, the networking giant announced Wednesday. The cuts amount to 5 percent of its workforce. The layoffs come as Cisco anticipates a rocky economic environment and seeks to ensure its expenses remain in line with its revenues, said John Chambers, Cisco CEO, during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. “The economy is more mixed and unpredictable than I have ever seen it,” Chambers said. He noted that a large portion… continue…

How to Get Hired by Cloudera

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Cloudera, a Palo Alto, Calif., open source Big Data platform provider, offers Hadoop-based software support and services. Four years old and privately owned, the company guards its internal information closely. Officials there declined to share information on its number of employees, hiring plans and revenue. However, they say it’s growing steadily because of increasing demand for Hadoop solutions and Big Data processing, and that growth means they’re always looking for tech professionals to join their team. Read more Dice Landing@… continue…

Human Resources and Data Analytics

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Much as it’s changed the landscape for marketing and finance, Big Data can transform any business unit into a strategic powerhouse. Many experts say that Human Resource Analytics and Systems — basically the workforce-related metrics that can offer companies valuable information about their talent pool — is the next to undergo such a transformation. But HR professionals aren’t known as the most tech-savvy bunch — so are they ready to assume a more data-oriented, technical role? What can analytics do… continue…

Sequestration and Its Impact on Big Data

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Many have heard the word “Sequestration” bandied about in the press, but few seem to know what it means. It refers to budget cuts to federal spending that began on March 1, 2013 as an austerity fiscal policy enacted by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The spending reductions are approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal year 2013, with similar cuts for years 2014 through 2021. Starting the week of July 8, 2013, many civilian federal workers will be forced to… continue…

Why Hadoop Works for NSA’s Prism

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While news of the government’s monitoring of Internet and telephone communications took many by surprise, subsequent reports that officials harnessed Apache Hadoop to help process the data was simply logical to many Big Data experts. Although Hadoop is just one of the components of the NSA’s Big Data-based surveillance program, reports indicate the NSA considers it critical to the initiative. First developed about seven years ago, Hadoop is open source and frequently lauded as easy to use. It requires relatively… continue…

Interview Questions for Hadoop Developers

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Hadoop is an open distributed software framework that enables programmers to run an enormous number of nodes handling terabytes of data. One of its most significant abilities is allowing a system to continue to operate even if a significant number of nodes fail. Since Hadoop is continuing to mature, hiring managers and recruiters are finding few Hadoop specialists out there. Consequently, many of those being hired for Hadoop-heavy jobs are those able to demonstrate that they can learn it quickly… continue…