Data

Tools and techniques related to managing, analyzing, and understanding large amounts of data.

Evolving From SQL Monkey to BI Pro

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The notion that business intelligence (BI) developers are no more than SQL monkeys who crank out reports is outdated. Companies need to handle increasingly complex data flows, so they’re looking for candidates with cross-discipline skill sets. If you want to distinguish yourself, you’ll have to do a lot more than produce a daily Crystal Report. Overlapping Roles According to David Yang, co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy, the increasing overlap between business intelligence and evolving fields such as data… continue…

Security Awareness: The Next Hot Field?

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According to recent reports from Symantec and Verizon, user mistakes were responsible for most of the successful cyberattacks that occurred last year. The Verizon report claims that more than two-thirds of the 290 electronic espionage cases it learned about in 2014 involved phishing; Symantec’s report found that phishing attacks are proving so successful that even sophisticated state-sponsored spies rely on it. And the FBI calls phishing the most vulnerable attack vector in cybersecurity. Because IT security departments have made tremendous… continue…

How to Become a Data Scientist

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What’s the best advice I would give a budding data scientist? Not everyone has the time or the inclination to get a Ph.D. (and doing so full time or part time is a lengthy endeavor). But there is a big demand for the profession right now, with an estimated shortage of as many as 190,000 data scientists, which is unlikely to get filled anytime soon by the people already enrolled in Ph.D. or undergraduate programs. Check out the latest data science… continue…

Entering the (Growing) Healthcare-Privacy Field

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Healthcare privacy experts are in demand, and a tech pro with strong analytical and interpersonal skills has the potential to cross industries and enter the healthcare field. No transition is without its challenges, however. For starters, most positions related to healthcare privacy require you become HIPAA-certified in data privacy and security. But considering the growing need in a booming industry, the time and effort necessary to lock down such a certification could be worth it. Operations and Processes The role… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 2

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This is a continuation of our short series ‘Why I Became Involved in Data Science’. Click here to read the Part 1 stories. Saba Teserra, Data Scientist I guess I always liked to find the structure in a mess, although early on I thought that meant matching strings and counting words. Somewhere along the way, I learned more about the distribution of words in text and their linguistic significance to syntax and semantics; that made unstructured natural-language data processing all… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 1

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Why do people decide to become data scientists? Read these personal stories from the members of the Dice Data Science team to see what draws people to one of the hottest professions in tech. Simon Hughes, Chief Data Scientist Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s with movies such as Terminator 2, Aliens and Blade Runner, I became fascinated with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) from a young age. As a teenager I decided that a true AI would need… continue…

Rising Cyberattacks Mean Opportunity for Security Pros

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The Web can be a dangerous place: According to the latest annual “Internet Security Threat Report” from Symantec (PDF; registration required), sophisticated attacks such as highly targeted spear-phishing are on the rise, and often aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses that may not be able to afford the advanced IT security of enterprises. (Of course, the past few years have demonstrated that not even enterprises are immune from devastating cyberattacks.) Symantec has seen advanced attackers do everything from building custom… continue…

Amazon Launches Machine-Learning Platform

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Ever wanted a machine-learning platform capable of making predictions based on your in-house data? Even if the thought never actually crossed your mind, you can’t deny that the concept has a certain appeal: Who wouldn’t want a system capable of offering up solid advice, based on everything your business has done? Amazon, which has evidently never met some aspect of storage and analytics it didn’t want to try and sell for cheap to businesses all over the world, has just… continue…

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

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Yes, “Big Data” has become one of those buzzwords, along with “cloud,” that’s way overused these days. But it’s clear that employers want tech pros who can analyze massive datasets and deliver actionable intelligence: According to the most recent Dice Report, firms in several states consider data-analytics skills a critical resource, one that they’re more than happy to shell out big bucks to obtain. Dice found that a full 24 percent of survey respondents in Seattle had Big Data skills—an… continue…

Dice Report: The Hottest Big Data Markets

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Looking for tech professionals with Big Data skills? Not surprisingly, many companies are. It’s probably also not surprising that the highest concentration of tech professionals with Big Data skills can be found in predictable places. More on that in a moment. Some of the hottest skills associated with Big Data, namely Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase, Flume and Pig, are amongst the top 10 highest-paid tech skills, according to Dice’s Annual Salary Survey. Big Data is becoming a must-have skill set across… continue…