Big Data

Big Data

This learning path is designed to give you an introduction to the world of Big Data. In this learning path you will learn what Big Data is, what someone working in Big Data does and what you can do to get started in Big Data.

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Big Data Roles

Big Data Roles

Almost every organisation collects huge amounts of data but currently very few fully utilise this powerful asset. Big data simply means massive amounts of data. This can be anything from structured educational data to unstructured financial data. Tools and techniques are constantly being developed and updated in order to tease meaningful insight out of big...

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Data Concepts

Data Concepts

Data is a term that is thrown around quite a lot these days and many people use the word without fully understanding what it means. In technology the word “data” is approximately synonymous with “information”. That is data about a person, is just unprocessed information about them. Almost all companies produce and consume huge amounts...

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Data Technologies

Data Technologies

There are a huge number of technologies out there to handle data analysis and processing. Here we will talk about some of the main ones that you might want to look at to prepare for finding a job in big data. NOTE- many of these will be difficult to learn by yourself on your laptop....

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Database Concepts

Database Concepts

Databases are an important part of building applications and software. If you haven’t already, we recommend that you read our article on data before this article. Databases are very simply a way of storing data on a server or computer. Traditionally, they have been designed to store structured data however in recent times new database...

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Data Modelling Concepts

Data Modelling Concepts

Ever heard of data architecture? If not, it’s an important job in a large organisation so have a quick read-up here. With the rise of data in everything from banking to farming, data architects are becoming increasingly sought after. Overall, their job is to ensure that data systems (such as databases and applications) are designed...

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Data-Driven Decision Making

Data-Driven Decision Making

Want to understand data-driven decision making? Easy. Go watch the film Moneyball. It is both a decent film and a solid introduction to the benefits and challenges of data-driven decision making. So if you’re looking for an excuse to ‘study’ whilst also sat in bed eating ice-cream, this is it. Making decisions in a data-driven...

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Coding Languages Concepts

Coding Languages Concepts

Writing code (or coding or programming or developing or scripting) is the way humans get computers to do things. Whether it is to solve a problem, automate some tasks, or create a video game, together humans and code can do it all. Coding is both a technical and a creative exercise. There’s no single right...

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Data Visualisation Concepts

Data Visualisation Concepts

For anyone working with data, data visualisation should be your bread and butter. It’ll help you understand your data. It’ll help you coax secrets out of your data. And it’ll help you share your data without always having to throw spreadsheets at someone. You’ll need to have some awareness of basic graph types (e.g. line...

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What Training Is Best?

What Training Is Best?

It might be hard to decide whether to commit time to doing a training course about a topic you know nothing about. You might ask yourself if the course is too difficult, worth the money or even worth the time. Many tech employers will even offer training when you begin your job, so why bother...

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Should I do a Certification?

Should I do a Certification?

Certifications are an odd one. Most of the time, people will insist that you don’t actually need them because experience and enthusiasm are far more important. But at the same time, almost everyone seems to do them. So below, we’ve briefly outlined the what, why, and cost of tech qualifications. However if you just want...

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