Big Data

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

Posted In Data, Looking in Tech
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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…

Necessary Skills for Database Analysts

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Despite an ever-increasing number of specializations within the Big Data space, there’s still an overwhelming need for traditional database analysts. Much of the current hiring is for junior and mid-range positions, so candidates can expect salaries anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 for starters. According to Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, “Database analysts have to straddle both hemispheres of their brains.” If you’re currently seeking work in the field, you may want to exercise your brain’s left hemisphere by engaging… continue…

IBM Thinks Data Can Improve Football Stadiums

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IBM has spent years highlighting its data-analytics capabilities in the context of professional sports. At the U.S. Open tennis tournament, for example, it sets up “digital walls” that display players’ chances of winning, among other data points. But now Big Blue plans on taking its sports relationship to a whole new level. According to Bloomberg, IBM is weaving its products into the infrastructure of an under-construction stadium in Atlanta. Not only will IBM technology manage essential services such as security… continue…

10 Reasons Why You Need a Cybersecurity Plan

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Over the past year, we’ve witnessed all the hype surrounding cybersecurity finally transform into a frightening new reality, one where corporate and government organizations seem helpless to stop cyberincursions. No need to list statistics or polls anymore to try to quantify the threat: Cyberattacks have become nonstop headline news. The transformation from perceived threat to actual headlines has occurred for the following reasons: Hacking, cracking and other forms of cybermischief have reached a level of sophistication equaling (and in many… continue…

What Does It Mean to Be a Data Scientist?

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At Dice, we’ve had a data-science team for two years. As research and development for the firm, we’ve worked on a number of different projects; although many haven’t hit the site yet (stay tuned), a few of our earlier projects have rolled out over the past 12 months. For example, last January we replaced the “More Jobs Like This” section on the jobs pages with a custom-built recommender solution. More recently, on the employer side of the site, we released… continue…

Can Big Data Pick a Winning Startup?

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Can you predict whether a startup will collapse or succeed? Wall Street and Silicon Valley would certainly like to think so. According to Wired, a handful of independent entrepreneurs and big companies are using data analytics to better forecast whether that hot startup will become the next Uber, or merely the next Click here for analytics jobs. Thomas Thurston, who runs a research firm called Growth Science, told the magazine that his algorithmic simulations accurately predict 88 percent of… continue…

Chicago: Strong in Healthcare and Big Data

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  What’s New This Quarter Over the past couple of years, the evolution of Chicago’s Motorola Mobility division has made headlines time and again. Now things may be settling down: In October, Lenovo Group completed its purchase of the Libertyville-based company from Google, a $2.91 billion deal that guarantees the unit will stay in Chicagoland. As part of the deal, Google will keep many patents and license them to Lenovo, while about 2,000 patents will go to the latter. Lenovo… continue…

Secret Service Wants Sarcasm Detection. That’ll Work Out.

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The Secret Service is in the market for software capable of detecting sarcastic language online, according to the Washington Post. In a note posted on, the agency indicated that it wants a software tool that can perform real-time stream analysis, sentiment and trend analysis, audience and geographic segmentation, access to historical Twitter data and “ability to detect sarcasm and false positives,” among other attributes. Click here to see jobs involving sentiment analysis. “Our objective is to automate our social-media… continue…

For Best Data Analytics, Collaboration is Key

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Data Collaboration
A new report from research firm IDC suggests that “Big Data” projects yield best results when a company’s IT, analytics, and line of business (LOB) units collaborate tightly together. Seems obvious, right? Except that, as interest in analytics increases among companies, there’s the perception that employees tasked with data crunching can (and should) do their jobs without the involvement of other business units; the rise of powerful “self-service” business-intelligence tools has only emphasized that theme. With many companies’ personnel resources… continue…