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Cloudera Advances Its Mission to Close the Data Skills Gap; Offers Performance-based Testing and Education on State-of-the-Art Data Solutions


Cloudera University Adds New Courses and Certifications to Prepare the Next Generation of Data Professionals

STRATA+HADOOP WORLD SINGAPORE — December 07, 2016 — Cloudera, the global provider of the fastest, easiest, and most secure data management and analytics platform built on the latest open source technologies, today announced an updated lineup of training courses and performance-based certification exams for data analysts, database administrators, and developers. The expanded training offerings directly address the skills gap around the industry’s most in-demand solutions, such as Apache Impala (incubating), Apache Spark, Apache Kudu, Apache Kafka and Apache Hive. Cloudera’s dynamic training curriculum ensures data professionals are set for success in real world situations.

According to Dice, the most in-demand technology skills are in big data, Spark and Hive. Although the need for these skills has increased in the past few years, employers are still challenged to find qualified candidates. The Taneja Group saw similar findings in a global survey sponsored by Cloudera of nearly 7,000 technical and managerial-level professionals working in big data. The survey found that nearly half of the respondents see the big data skills gap as the most significant challenge to deploying Spark, and one-third named complexity in learning Spark as a barrier to adoption. Cloudera is directly addressing these concerns and offering more foundational courses along with opportunities for hands-on learning through Cloudera University, which has trained over 45,000 people and certified more than 10,000 individuals to date.

“Cloudera University has established itself as a valuable resource for preparing data professionals across every industry. We’ve seen throughout the years that organizations which invest in training up front drive deeper results from their big data initiatives and move more quickly from proof of concept into full production environments,” said Mark Morrissey, senior director, Education Programs at Cloudera. “The skills gap continues to be the biggest hurdle in our industry, so we’ve made it our mission to overcome this challenge by offering the world’s most comprehensive training curriculum, and performance-based certifications, for the Hadoop ecosystem.”

Cloudera University’s new training and certification offerings include:

Updated Cloudera Data Analyst Training
○ Teaches SQL developers how to apply traditional data analytics and business intelligence skills to big data using leading open-source engines like Impala and Hive interact with Hadoop and Spark
○ New course content includes Hive on Spark and complex types in Impala
○ Available now

New Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Data Analyst Performance-Based Certification Exam
○ Assesses foundational SQL analysts skills, such as how to query and pull information from existing data sets using Impala, Hive, and Pig
○ Exams can be purchased today; first exams begin January 1

Updated Spark and Hadoop Developer Training
○ Teaches developers how to import data from relational systems using Apache Flume and Apache Kafka, write and run Spark applications, how to analyze incoming data in real-time with Spark Streaming, and much more
○ Provides a general overview of various CDH platform components and how they work with Spark and Hadoop
○ Available now

Updated Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Spark and Hadoop Developer Performance-Based Certification Exam
○ Assesses a candidate’s ability to leverage standard development tools (typically solved using Spark) to ingest data, and transform into new values or formats
○ Update available early 2017

Updated Cloudera Administrator Training
○ Provides a comprehensive understanding of all the steps necessary to operate and maintain a Hadoop cluster using Cloudera Manager
○ Now teaches concepts for managing your cluster using Cloudera Director
○ Update available early 2017

New Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Administrator Performance-Based Certification Exam
○ Assesses how to install CDH, maintain clusters and do basic troubleshooting in Cloudera Manager
○ Includes a performance-based exam suited for IT professionals who manage Hadoop clusters using Cloudera Manager
○ Available early 2017

New Introduction to Apache Kudu Training Course
○ Provides a high-level course on Kudu fundamentals, use cases, strengths of the platform, basic architecture concepts, and how to develop Kudu applications with Impala
○ Available through Cloudera’s OnDemand course library in early 2017

New Introduction to Machine Learning Training Course
○ Provides a high-level look at Machine Learning, including coverage of collaborative filtering, clustering, classification, algorithms, and data volume
○ Available through Cloudera’s OnDemand course library today

Employers who are tasked to build a highly skilled workforce to implement new digital strategies already expect certifications in the latest technologies. Cloudera supports this movement by providing the education and certification needed to push forward innovations in big data and open source initiatives. Since it’s founding, Cloudera has been dedicated to expanding professionals’ skillsets to reflect the biggest demands in the tech industry. With the addition of hands-on, performance-based certifications focusing on administrators, developers and data analysts, that replicate real world scenarios in a big data environment, Cloudera continues to support organizations and individuals who wish to maximize their abilities to gain insights from their data.