Big Data

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

Beyond Hadoop: Open-Source Options for Big Data Analysis

It’s virtually impossible to read any article about big data without hearing about Hadoop and the NoSQL class of databases. With a potential $34 billion lined up to be spent on big data initiatives in 2013, according to Gartner, it looks like the market is widening to include other platforms and technologies that can tackle the number crunching and analytics that big data demands. For example, you can check out Storm and Kafka. Storm, which was developed at Twitter, is… continue…

The Sex Appeal of the Data Scientist

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The sexiest job of the 21st Century is… Data Scientist. At least that’s what Thomas H. Davenport, a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, says. You see, he describes data science as being a field that’s all about supply and demand. It’s like dating: Who’s sexier than the one you want but can’t find? In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Davenport writes: The shortage of data scientists is becoming a serious constraint in some sectors. If capitalizing on… continue…

Learning Mobile Dev, Web Design in Bay Area

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According to Peter Delevett in “Silicon Valley Finds Its Heart In San Francisco” (linked below), startups are swamping the city’s South of Market region. He notes that there are 4,000 startups in the area and that units in one new Mission District condominium project went for a record $900 per square foot. You can bet many have a strong tech component. With all that concentrated activity in the south end of San Francisco, where do people go to learn to… continue…

The Basics of Data Dashboard Design

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There are three different types of dashboard design: strategic, tactical, and operational. Each serves a different purpose and a different audience. Lee Lukehart, Chief Data Visualist for SavvyData gave us the run down in his presentation, “The Art of Dashboard Design” at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp conference. Make It Work Before you let a dashboard out the door, Lukehart says think about how others will see it. If not done right, dashboards can be boring, inaccurate or even… continue…

Where to Get a Master’s Degree in Big Data

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McKinsey & Company predicts a shortage of deep analytical talent of as many as 190,000 people by 2018, which means there should be abundant opportunities for Big Data analysts and business intelligence experts in the coming years. No wonder universities are coming up with a variety of master’s programs. These new programs are “using business intelligence and other analytical tools to turn social media, sensor, purchase transactions, mobile and other sources of big data into useful information for business and… continue…

21 Skills That Pay Top Dollar – Without Certification

Need a raise? Here are 21 IT skills that pay a premium — anywhere from 4 to 17 percent in terms of total compensation. What makes them even more attractive: None require certification. Big Data Although the demand for Big Data skills varies, early adopters are “willing to pay anything” to acquire and retain professionals with the necessary competencies and Java expertise, according to David Foote, CEO of research and consulting firm Foote Partners. Specifically, they’re looking for expertise in:… continue…

5 Cities Where Big Data Is Driving Demand for Business Intelligence

Big Data jobs focus on collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to help a business further its goals. As the sector grows, business intelligence has never been a bigger deal. So where are the jobs? Not exactly where you might think. IT staffing firm Modis has identified five cities where big data is driving job growth: San Francisco: It’s home to large companies in the retail, insurance, healthcare and e-commerce sectors, all of which rely on an aggressive use of data.… continue…

Analytics Specialists: Pay Attention to SAP HANA [DiceTV]

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SAP is placing a big bet on its in-memory database platform SAP HANA and, as a result, its hundreds of thousands of customers may too. And though the platform’s only been on the market for a year, indications are it’s had strong sales. As a result, the demand for professionals familiar with SAP HANA is likely to grow.

SAP HANA’s Sales Bode Well for Data, Analytics Specialists

SAP is placing a big bet on its in-memory database platform SAP HANA and, as a result, its hundreds of thousands of customers may too. And though the platform’s only been on the market for a year, last week’s pre-announced earnings point to its having strong sales. As a result, the demand for professionals familiar with SAP HANA is likely to grow. Jason Lovinger, SAP’s vice president of database and technology developer ecosystem, and Christopher Curtis, global vice president of… continue…

eBay Plans a Green Data Center in Utah

This week saw a fun juxtaposition of power-related stories. First, there was an Amazon Web Services outage. It started with a power failure. Then the backup power failed. Then, the secondary backup power failed. Result: a few hours of downtime. Then, eBay announced that they were building a data center in Utah that will run off the power grid. Said John Donahue, eBay’s CEO: We are embracing disruptive energy technology and designing it into our core data center energy architecture. Running… continue…