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.
6 Tools to Protect Big DataMost IT teams have their conventional databases covered in terms of security and business continuity. But as we enter the era of big data, Hadoop, and NoSQL, protection schemes need to evolve. In fact, big data could drive the next big security strategy shift.
Big Data Brings Big Security ProblemsWhy should big data be more difficult to secure? In a word, variety. But the business won’t wait to use it to predict customer behavior, find correlations across disparate data sources, predict fraud or financial risk, and more.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?