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December 2013, Volume 1, Number 6

As Hadoop 2.0 hits the streets, big data skills in high demand

The Apache Software Foundation recently released Hadoop 2, the newest version of its popular open source framework for highly scalable, distributed computing most commonly associated with big data. Hadoop 2 incorporates several new features, including YARN, a redesigned resource manager that Apache now describes as a large-scale, distributed operating system that allows multiple big data applications to run simultaneously. But the release also shines a light on a major problem that companies mulling Hadoop initiatives are destined to face: The staggering lack of big data expertise in today's labor pool. "There's a huge skills shortage," said Dr. Eric Little, vice president and chief scientist at Modus Operandi, a Melbourne, Fla., company that provides data management and analysis technology to government agencies, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. Modus Operandi, which runs Hadoop among other big data technologies, is a small company and has found itself competing for the same talent as large software vendors ...

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