Over the past couple of years, if not longer, Big Data has been on IT's radar as a fountain of opportunity at many levels: for companies and organizations to extract added profit and value from their customer and client interactions, for IT to demonstrate value and get to the bottom line, and for IT employees to boost their visibility and find more and better job opportunities. In looking at this trend myself, I've blogged and written articles. This morning, I was delighted to find an article from Kachina Shaw at ITBusinessEdge that confirmed and amplified what I've been reporting all along.
In her story "List of Big Data Certifications Growing Quickly," Ms. Shaw covers the bases in this technology, training, and certification space pretty nicely. Under the heading of vendor-specific Big Data items, she mentions the following: (1) Teradata Certified Professional Program, (2) Oracle Big Data Appliance platform, (3) HP Vertica, (4) Datameer (Certified Admin and Certified Analyst), and last, (5) the various Cloudera Certified Professional offerings. Of these, the Datameer elements are new to me.
Next up comes a litany of higher-education certificate programs with training components. These are mostly neither as long and involved nor as expensive as outright degree programs, of which some are starting to appear as well. Ms. Shaw makes mention of offerings from the following institutions:
As far as I can tell, this is merely the tip of a massive iceberg that conceivably go into the hundreds of items for an exhaustive survey in the US and Canada alone. Presumably, other parts of the globe are also witnessing a similar burgeoning of academic offerings in the Big Data arena.
The last item in her survey is labeled "(Mostly) Free Online Big Data Certifications and Training," and comprises an interesting grab-bag of offerings. These include Coursera's "Web Intelligence and Big Data" course, the online classes from Big Data University, a smattering of Big Data MOOCs (such as IU's Big Data Applications and Analytics), and a four-day (fee-based) Big Data Cert from Learning Tree.
Here again, this is just a sampling of a very large set of offerings. If you read through some of my blogs or articles on this subject for PITC, but also for Tom's IT Pro and TechTarget (run this Google Search to see what I've written on this topic), you'll get some sense for other parts of the landscape that Shaw does not mention in her excellent article. Like the topic itself, even talking about "Big Data" requires something less than a complete recitation of all the details! Great stuff, nevertheless.