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Big Data Talent War: 7 Ways To Win

53% of big data-focused companies say analytics experts will be tough to find for the next two years. Here's how IT leaders plan to train, borrow, or steal talent--and what job seekers should know.
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Tip 1: Tap Low-Cost Conferences, Webinars And Classes
Companies won't be able to fill the talent gap with recent graduates and people lured away from other companies. Fortunately, you won't have to beg existing employees to line up for training opportunities. If you've attended a Hadoop or NoSQL-related conference in the last year, you've undoubtedly seen the throngs of 20- and 30-something data geeks (and sometimes 40- and 50-something geeks) packing into the keynotes and seminars.

Big data events put on by show organizers and vendors alike are serving up a growing diet of educational content. And there are myriad online courses, webinars and certification programs available. Hadoop software distributors Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR have all made training a big part of their business models, and most of the open source and commercial NoSQL database providers have done the same.

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Tony Kontzer
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1/23/2013 | 8:26:14 PM
re: Big Data Talent War: 7 Ways To Win
I'm shocked to come to this story more than 2 months after it posted and see no comments here. This seems to me a valuable and insightful set of tips that can serve as a launch point for a discussion on how to best fill the data science talent gap. And I'm sure readers would be able to add more tips of their own--and maybe even offer counter-evidence questioning the effectiveness of one of the tips listed here. What say you, readers?

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