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New Post 12/10/2015 3:25 AM
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IT BA & Big data 
Modified By Chris Adams  on 12/10/2015 11:59:30 AM)

Hi, i am an IT BA currently working in Capital markets domain. I would like to explore career prospects in big data. 

Does learning R,SAS,EXcel help IT Business analyst in improving career prospects for me in big data? Please advice. 

New Post 12/10/2015 11:23 AM
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Re: IT BA & Big data 

Short answer, yes. It's a good start but not the entire picture.

The big data analysts I've worked with almost all use R, SPSS, SAS, or Matlab.  R seems to be increasingly popular.  You'll need some programming skills such as Ruby or C++.  If you don't know about MapReduce, take the time to investigate.

You also need to have a handle on both Relational Databases and NoSQL Databases.

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New Post 2/8/2016 2:09 PM
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Re: IT BA & Big data 

I found myself having to start back at Statistics 101 and moving up from there.  I am currently working with some SSAS building OLAP cubes etc.  Excel has some plug-ins that allow Naive Bayes analysis along with category timing lining.  I think I might be late to the part, but even understanding this at a data analyst level has help.  ***Def not a Data Scientist.  

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