Big Data

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

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…

Tech Innovation at the Heart of Retail

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Technology is increasingly the differentiator among brands in retail, according to research firm Gartner, which pointed in a recent report to four forces — cloud, mobile, social and information — with the power to “either recreate businesses or level them.” “If you’re not familiar with it, you probably don’t realize how technologically advanced retail is,” says Jerry Sheldon, retail analyst with IHL Consulting Group. Indeed, the National Retail Federation has launched a “This is Retail” campaign to highlight and raise awareness of career… continue…

Why the Future Belongs to Big Data

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When it comes to buzzwords, Big Data is currently at the top of the technology heap. You may have your own definition, but Michael Minelli, Michele Chambers and Ambiga Dhiraj, the authors of Big Data, Big Analytics, describe it this way: Big Data goes beyond the traditional limits of data along three dimensions: volume, variety and velocity. The combination of these three dimensions makes the data more complex to ingest, process and visualize. It’s the wide variety of available data… continue…

Opening Day? Analytics Tools to Predict the World Series Now

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Billy Bean and Theo Epstein are right: Baseball isn’t all about skills, tactics and chewing tobacco bubble gum, it’s about numbers, and maybe even numbers first. It’s Big Data in the big leagues, baby. Which means if you’re trying to figure out how optimistic — or nervous — you should be about your team’s performance this season, analytics can help. For those of you who don’t want to crunch your numbers via nostalgic pencil and paper or Microsoft Excel, there… continue…

High Demand Pushes Linux Salaries Higher

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Salaries for people skilled with Linux are rising at nearly double the rate of other tech professionals, and job prospects are strong, too: Some 93 percent of hiring managers plan to recruit Linux talent in the next six months. Those are just two of the optimistic findings in The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, a global survey of 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the… continue…

Teradata Seeks Both Tech and Soft Skills When It Hires

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As Teradata rides the wave of data warehousing and analytics, it needs tech professionals who can not only create hardware and software, but also work directly with clients to apply that technology to solve their individual business problems. The Dayton, Ohio company hires in two areas: engineering and technical consulting. It has about 100 engineering openings at the moment in software, testing, hardware and architecture and a similar number in consulting. See All Dice Landing@ Stories “We’re looking for people… continue…

How to Land a Job at Red Hat

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After hiring about 200 people in each of its last three quarters, open-source provider Red Hat is on track to bring its total new hires to 900 to 1,000 as its fiscal year ends Feb. 28. It’s primarily looking for software and technical support engineers, and salespeople who can help it strengthen its cloud-technology capabilities. “Specifically, we’re looking for people who can architect complex solutions and integrate our products and technologies as we expand on our foundational enterprise operating system… continue…

IT Automation Jobs Require Cross-Platform Skills

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As IT environments grow more complex, companies are increasingly looking to automate business processes across myriad platforms. That’s fueling a demand for engineers who can tie it all together. “Companies have been scheduling these processes manually or doing it through custom scripting, and inevitably they reach a tipping point where it becomes too much,” says Colin Beasty, marketing manager for automation vendor Advanced Systems Concepts. “[They’re looking for] a way to more easily build and automate these processes across different… continue…

Demand for Data Analytics Skills Rises Sharply

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Though hiring managers are particularly interested in tech professionals with Java/J2EE development skills, the demand for data expertise has increased notably in the past year, according to a report released Thursday by Dice. Last year, the need for data analysts and analytics skills didn’t even make the top 10. But in the latest survey, they were in the No. 4 spot. It makes sense, considering that more businesses are using Big Data as a strategic tool. For example, game companies… continue…