Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

What Does it Take to be a Great Data Scientist?

Welcome to the dawn of the Big Data age. Your organization may still be years away from implementing a big data strategy, but the groundwork is being laid now and big data skills are highly sought after. Organizations worldwide are looking for data experts who will help lead their organizations into the future.

According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, by 2018, there will be a shortage of 1.7 million workers with big data skills in the U.S. alone—140,000 to 190,000 workers with deep technical and analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to work with big data outputs.


Which core skills should Data Scientists have?

  • Varied technical skills and experience with technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL, Java, C++, Python, ECL, SQL, Hbase, Hive, and Pig… to name a few
  • Data Modeling, Warehouse and Unstructured Data Skills
  • Business Skills and understanding of the Domain expertise
  • Experience with Visualization Tools
  • Communication and story telling skills – this is at the heart of what makes a true data scientist. Read this data scientist core skills article for more about how to tell a story with your data.

Data Science Needs Traditional Data Management Skills and Big Data Analytics Skills

Universities are expanding curriculums to train the next generation of data scientists.

But as Mary Shacklett's article  illustrates, ideal data scientists needs a combination of traditional data management skills and new big data analytics skills.

Even your organization’s big data revolution seems further out. IT developers and analysts everywhere should be building expertise now so you're on the front lines of your data revolution.

Build Big Data Skills with Oracle University Training Courses

As a leader in the world of data, Oracle is uniquely positioned to educate IT professionals about core big data technologies. Top Oracle University training courses to help you become a better data scientist include:

-Kate Jones, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle University

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Transform Your Business with Big Data Training

Across all businesses, big data enables you to analyze more accurately, make more confident decisions and realize better operational efficiencies. Big data can also decrease costs and reduce risks. 

View Oracle Business Analytics and Big Data Video >

Today, companies use data to model and control processes and run their business. This torrent of new data offers an opportunity to gain unprecedented insight and quickly test new ideas. It also provides the power to fundamentally change business operations. 

Big data is revolutionizing the way government and businesses operate virtually overnight. As you explore how to leverage the power of big data in your business, let the experts at Oracle University help you develop the skills you need to let big data transform your world. 

Take Oracle University's Big Data Essentials training:

  • Explore the 4 Big Data characteristics are: volume, velocity, variety and value.
  • Define your big data goals
  • Convert big data into opportunities.
  • Take advantage of an integrated platform for Big Data.
  • Walk through the four-phase solution: acquire, organize, analyze and decide.
  • Explore your data acquisition options in Big Data Appliance.
  • Where does HDFS stand?
  • How about Flume?
  • Take advantage of the convenience of Oracle NoSQL Database.
  • Get introduced to Hive.
  • Use the big data connectors to analyze all your data for extreme performance.
  • With Oracle Loader for Hadoop, you can use Hadoop MapReduce processing to create optimized data sets for efficient loading and analysis.
  • With Oracle R Enterprise, Oracle's version of the widely used Project R statistical environment, you can use R on very large data sets without any modifications to the end user experience.
  • Examine Big Data use cases.

Learn more about Oracle Big Data Essentials

Why not sign up for the Oracle Big Data Essentials course..

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

November 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Courses & Certifications

What's new this month at Oracle University? Here are some highlights.

New Training and Certification for Oracle Applications

PeopleSoft 9.2 Training

JD Edwards 9.1 Training

RightNow Training

We now offer this course in our Training On Demand format.

Primavera Unifier Training

Taleo Training

Training has been updated for the latest release of Taleo Enterprise Edition (TEE). 

New Training and Certification for Oracle Industry Solutions

Oracle Utilities Training

Oracle Retail Training

New - Oracle Big Data Appliance Courses

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing, giving you the opportunity to take the exam at a discounted rate of only $50 USD. Take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's many testing centers worldwide.

Oracle Database 12c Courses – Learn What’s New

Validate your expertise and add value by earning an Oracle Database 12c Certification

New Oracle 12c Courses:  ODI, WebLogic Server, and Coherence

Check out the Oracle University website to learn more. See you in class!

-Oracle University Marketing Team

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