Businesses Fill Hadoop Skills Needs With Partners

Enterprises are adopting Hadoop faster than they can hire IT talent to build and maintain these distributed computing deployments. To fill the gap, many are turning to partners that can offer a mix of Hadoop consulting, software development and training services.

By John Moore
Thu, July 26, 2012
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Training is another Hadoop service—and one that distributors provide. Hortonworks, for instance, offers courses in developing solutions using and administering Hadoop. The developer class spans four days; the administrator course takes two days.

Renee Beckloff, senior director of global delivery services for Hortonworks, cites the scarcity of Hadoop professionals. "I've been in education for the last 15 years, and this is probably the shortest supply of quality personnel for any type of platform or any type of technology that I've seen," she says.

MapR Technologies offers training for administrators, data modelers and developers. Cloudera also offers a combination of developer and administrator training.

Omer Trajman, vice president of technology solutions for Cloudera, says the company has trained about 12,000 people since launching its training program three years ago. The company is currently training Hadoop personnel at the rate of 1,500 per month.

"Training is in high demand and the skills are in high demand," Trajman says. "Not enough people have learned how to use Hadoop."

John Moore has written on business and technology topics for more than 20 years. His areas of focus include mobile app development, health IT, cloud computing, government IT and distribution channels. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

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