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Post by Wd40 » Sat, 22 Aug 2015 1:04 pm

I have come to realize that Big Data is not just hype anymore, its already mainstream and I am seeing lots of job descriptions with words like Hadoop, NoSQL, Map Reduce etc for data engineers and data scientists etc. This is especially true in the Banking domain.

I work in datawarehousing and business intelligence space mainly the microsoft stack and have had a great career for the last 8-9 odd years, but I am finding myself getting increasing outdated as these new technologies are taking over.

So I am now considering updating myself before it is too late. Anyone here feels the same? Any stories about how you are making/made the shift?

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Re: Big Data

Post by nakatago » Sat, 22 Aug 2015 5:48 pm

I climbed my up *a* stack, starting a few levels higher than silicon up to all the web dev all the kids are into these days.

Our kind has three options:
* change
* die
* become management
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Post by MikeJones » Sat, 22 Aug 2015 8:08 pm

I take it those are in order of preference :)

In my company Big Data is not quite here yet but is certainly on the horizon, not really my area though so may not need to upskill just yet.

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Post by Wd40 » Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:10 pm

I am not really a management kind of person, I know I will have to do it some day, but I am trying to stay away from it as long as possible.

I see 2 paths, either embrace new technologies or move into a domain specific business analyst kind of role.

One of the reasons I am sticking with banking, inspite of being a techie, is so that I gain some domain knowledge and build a reputation as Banking IT guy :)

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Post by zzm9980 » Sun, 23 Aug 2015 6:06 pm

You just realized this now, not 3-4 years ago? :)

I wonder really if Singapore IT is that far behind, or just you wd40 :)

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Re: Big Data

Post by Wd40 » Sun, 23 Aug 2015 6:26 pm

zzm9980 wrote:You just realized this now, not 3-4 years ago? :)

I wonder really if Singapore IT is that far behind, or just you wd40 :)
Just me. If I was so proactive, I wouldn't have been in Singapore, I would have been in Silicon Valley ;)

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Re: Big Data

Post by midlet2013 » Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:48 pm

What about Data Science (Machine Learning) ? I enjoy Data Science more than Data Engineering but I notice that ritenow, most jobs in US are not hiring Data Scientists on H1B. Most openings are for Developers .

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Post by Wd40 » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:21 am

I did some reading, apparently data science is for people good in math's, statistics and quants. I am not good in any of those. So it is a skip for me. I am looking at the easiest way to extend my IT career, so far just knowledge of SQL and stuff around it got me here :) I don't even know a proper object oriented programming language like Java or C#. So you know where I am coming from.

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Post by midlet2013 » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:36 am

I work as a data scientist but I notice that most people are recruiting for software developers. Altho I have experience in hadoop, nosql, spark, etc.
For data science, knowing Python, R , Java are good. Maybe Scala in future but I dont know it.

For you, it is best to get a job and learn there. But most people hire experienced people. So, some self effort is needed.

Pick up some books on Data Science or Analytics with Spark/Hadoop and see if you can learn. But without Java or Scala, it looks like a huge entry barrier into data engineering. And without Python or R, data science is out. Again you said, you dont like Math so data science is tough.

I think unless your company switches or you put a lot of fite, its tough.

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Re: Big Data

Post by nakatago » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 6:42 am

I know how to traverse a graph both breadth and depth first; does that count?
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Re: Big Data

Post by nakatago » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 6:44 am

zzm9980 wrote:You just realized this now, not 3-4 years ago? :)

I wonder really if Singapore IT is that far behind, or just you wd40 :)
The same guy who only recently discovered mobile phones can act as wifi hotspots. :roll: :P :mrgreen:
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Post by ecureilx » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 6:58 am

nakatago wrote: The same guy who only recently discovered mobile phones can act as wifi hotspots. :roll: Image :mrgreen:
Priceless :)

And I thought I was not keeping myself updated. ;)

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Re: Big Data

Post by Sporkin » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:39 am

For every data scientist, there is an engineer whose life is made a living hell. "Oh just use SSE and GPU"....

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Re: Big Data

Post by bgd » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:38 am

I have a guy working for me in London as contractor. He is a MS Access developer. He might be younger but he looks early sixties. He is very good at what he does, loves it and is very well paid.

He is an example of surviving well without following the latest trends. Find the right niche and you can have a good living.

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Re: Big Data

Post by ecureilx » Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:01 pm

bgd wrote:I have a guy working for me in London as contractor. He is a MS Access developer. He might be younger but he looks early sixties. He is very good at what he does, loves it and is very well paid.

He is an example of surviving well without following the latest trends. Find the right niche and you can have a good living.
Damn, MS Access :) Fun times, and still rocks, within it's limitations - until Microsoft started pushing SQL Express.

I know some of my friends, who decided to stick with Cobol and lot of them are in high demand, considering a lot of others moved away from Cobol thinking there is no future for Cobol !!!

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