Data analytics and Big Data are quickly becoming the lifeline of successful businesses – in India and abroad, as it allows them to leverage data and analytics to make better business decisions. However, the challenge for the next few years is that although there is rising demand for these positions, the workforce does not have the skill or industry-standard-calibre required for them. This is why many individuals are beginning to look at Big Data certification programmes so that they attain the necessary qualification levels as well as gain more all-around knowledge. Even Infosys Co-founder Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan emphasised on why everyone needs to be aware of new technologies like Big Data. “I see that the future of business will be the ability to leverage AI and Big Data to create ‘personal’ digital experiences for millions of customers,” he said.
Whether you are interested in this sector and looking for relevant qualifications, or are simply interested in upskilling yourself, here are seven top certification programmes that will help you out. These courses have something for everyone, from the absolute newbie looking to learn the ropes to the veteran simply aiming for another feather in their hat. The resources and certifications for these programmes are available online, so feel free to take a look and sign up at your convenience.
An innovative venture initiated by Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, UpGrad offers courses to candidates who want to explore new avenues of education. Through a collaboration with BITS Pilani, the platform offers a solid foundation and industry experience with its Big Data programme and its comprehensive curriculum.
Ronnie is confident about the future of these educational experiences and wants users to fully explore its depths through UpGrad. “Our goal is to significantly leverage technology to transform the way education is delivered in the digital age. We have a world-class team that is committed to provide the most engaging online learning experience to students,” said Ronnie.
Initiated by one of the top management schools in India, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)’s Big Data and Analytics certification programme looks at Big Data from a business perspective. The course is taught by qualified industry leaders who have a structured course model that mirrors international curricula.
IBM’s Big Data certification programmes are an industry benchmark for Big Data education. They prepare working professionals from an industry standpoint and create multifold value for students who want to enhance their career. The programmes are intended for active industry participants, data architects, and developers who want to use Big Data as a large-scale business asset. A certain degree of proficiency and knowledge base about the Big Data environment is expected for these certifications.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an active participant in the global Big Data discussion and community, with a large number of companies actively using AWS services. The platform offers a foundational training programme for Big Data called Big Data Technology Fundamentals. This 90-minute programme will give you an AWS-focused education, but in a world where AWS becomes increasingly commonplace, the payoffs from this short programme can be quite large. The course demands a working knowledge of basic programming in a language such as Java or C#, and not much else, making it perfect for beginners to Big Data.
The CAP, or Certified Analytics Professionals programme, is a unique and well-established educational programme for business decision makers and analysts from across the world. It has a community-focused approach to certification, providing key skills and discussion modules to all students. The programme has higher standards than most others and requires that the graduate be well-conditioned in mastering soft skills and raw technical skills.
Of course, these courses won't make you an expert in Big Data overnight. However, if you’re interested in building a career in the sector, they’ll likely help you get the initial boost you need to get started. Good luck!