Big Data

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

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…

Here’s the Job Trend You Need to Know About

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In some areas, tech job trends followed surprising paths during 2012. Big Data and cloud efforts, for example, were stymied at some companies by architectural, cultural and organizational issues that got in the way of data sharing, meaningful analysis and effective migration. The result: CIOs slowed down their hiring to explore possible solutions. The good news, according to David Foote, CEO of researcher Foote Partners, is that hiring should ramp up in these areas in 2013 after deciding to weave… continue…

IT Salary Trends: What’s Hot

According to InformationWeek‘s 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey, information technology remains a well-paying field, with median total compensation of $90,000 for staffers and $116,000 for managers. Staffers reported a median rise in total compensation of 1 percent, while managers reported a 1.8 percent rise. Pay is on the increase across job functions. People who perform 11 of 23 staff job functions report median total compensation above $100,000. Last year, just three staff functions broke the six-figure barrier: ERP, enterprise app integration,… continue…

Big Data Talent Shortage? Is Recruiting to Blame?

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Demand for Big Data talent certainly seems strong, but what’s driving it? Some argue there’s a talent shortage, but it seems that the hiring process might play a role as well. Employers may not be asking the right questions in the interview that will help them hire the right candidates. There’s no doubt that the past year has been a wild one when it comes to job opportunities in Big Data. There is a dramatic shortage of Big Data technology professionals,… continue…

New Tools for Real-Time Processing of Big Data

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Here’s a little secret about how Apache Hadoop can help in processing Big Data: It does it in a batch processing mode. At present, Hadoop can’t process data in real-time, or even near real-time. What does this mean? For data that is on a file system or in some kind of storage container (like a data base), it is a matter of ingesting this data into Hadoop, then off we go doing whatever processing is necessary to produce analytic results.… continue…