HP's Vertica unit, which focuses on big data and unstructured data, has launched a certification program for technology pros.
The program, delivered through HP's ExpertOne certification effort, revolves around using Vertica in implementations and big data business cases. The program is available for HP channel partners and customers.
HP's move is likely to become a trend among enterprise giants. IT workers know that big data is a hotspot and every database admin will want to be a data scientist. Gartner as projected that big data will create 4.4 million jobs in 2015. For enterprise vendors, it pays to have certifications that double as training programs for their hardware and software.
Chris Selland, vice president of marketing at HP Vertica, said that there has been a lot of customers interested in big data certifications. Meanwhile, IT workers see big data as a good career move. Anecdotally, Selland noted he was at a holiday party and overheard how a junior in high school wanted to become a data scientist. "Many companies have been caught off guard about the people and talent needs with big data," he said.
The three- to four-day curriculum will launch with the program, but at a high level it will include monetizing analytics, optimization and growth. The training is targeted at system administrators, database analysts and application developers. An overview of HP's Vertica database architecture, installation and data management is included.
HP's ExpertOne program offers certifications to more than 500,000 IT pros. The Vertica big data certification will run $2,000 per person in a public training session and $7,500 for private classes.