My advice is to carefully consider the scope of the role you’re aiming for
As a BA I expect that you’d be able to add value by understanding your business data processing challenges and turning them into specifications for map/reduce jobs. This doesn’t require you to have any Java coding skills as such, just a good handle of the map/reduce concepts. It also helps if you understand common use-cases associated with these technologies (as it’s really an ecosystem of related toolsets) as well as what they’re not so good for.
This would allow you to contribute to solution design on behalf of the business but assumes you’re not concerned with the actual implementation/administration side of things. Definitely only bother re-learning Java if you’re going to be the one writing the code. You do need to have had experience of working with data of some kind (this is a data processing environment at the end of the day) but simply reading a decent Hadoop book and googling a few websites should give you a decent enough background as a BA
From: Lokesh Basu [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 28 June 2013 12:35
Subject: Re: Business Analysts in Hadoop World
If you are a beginner in the open source project then I would recommend you to first get familiar with Java and some version control system and then go to this (http://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/HowToContribute) page.
If you are not aware of the Hadoop project then you should go through some online text/videos to get the insight.
Best of luck
Lokesh Chandra Basu
Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
India(GMT +5hr 30min)
On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM, Vijaya Narayana Reddy Bhoomi Reddy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am just trying to get myself acquainted with Hadoop and other related technologies. I am very much fascinated with the potential of the Big Data world and hence would like to be part of it!!
However, it has been a while I have done any coding. Earlier for a brief period of time during early days of my career, I have done some work in Java. All these days, I am working as a Business Analyst in the CRM space.
· Before I start exploring Hadoop world, I would like to hear your thoughts on the following queries:
· Being a business analyst, what would be the possible career opportunities in the Hadoop space?
· Is it necessary to have a strong technical background before jumping into Hadoop? If so, which technologies need to be learnt primarily? Java, SQL etc?
· What are the various certifications available in the Hadoop world? Are there any certifications for Business Analysts?
Please let me know your valuable thoughts.
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