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Six Hot Big Data Certifications for 2019

Get one of these six credentials to take your interest in Big Data to the next level!My fourth recommendation for 2019 is the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential, managed by the Certified Analytics Professional Program. While showcasing your knowledge, enhancing your skillset, and opening doors are some of the items the certification promotes, I like it because it provides an immersion in the overall analytics landscape.


Being a jack-of-all-trades bodes well when trying to get this certification because its knowledge and skillset requirements are, overall, some of the most broad you can find. You’ll be expected to pick up tricks from seven different domains. Much as (ISC)²’s CISSP certification is to the cybersecurity profession, so the CAP is to Big Data.


Key skills covered by CAP include Business Problem Framing, which is the ability to articulate Big Data problems and plan how to solve them. This is a must for today’s business realm. You’ll also learn analytics problem framing, or how to apply Big Data solutions to a real-world problems.


The CAP’s third domain is simply “Data,” which needs no further explanation. The other areas of emphasis are methodology selection, model building, deployment, and lifecycle management. Successful CAP examinees will be well prepared to dive into data in almost any modern business environment.


My fifth pick is not purely a Big Data certification, but it is one of my favorites because of its broad knowledge base. I’m talking about SAP’s Hana, with its “in-memory” analytics. You can write your own ticket if you have knowledge of this area.


You are aiming to become an SAP Certified Application Specialist, and the test to take is SAP BW powered by HANA SPS12. The exam will test your knowledge of implementing and modeling SAP BW on SAP HANA. Here’s a specific rundown:


“This certificate builds on both the basic knowledge gained in related BW-on-HANA training and documentation, as well as on practical experience gained as a member of a SAP BW team where the candidate would apply this knowledge practically in projects. In order to be eligible to take this exam you have to have passed one of the following certification exams: C_TBW45_70, P_BIE_70, C_TBW55_73, P_BIE_73, C_TBW60_74, C_TBW65_73.”


As you can see, nailing this credential will require a lot of work and real-world experience, but you can take your skills around the world after you successfully pass of the test. Any company out there will see that you have specialized knowledge of products assembled by the biggest name in data and ERP. This one is a must for any consultant implementing Big Data in Hana.


Last, but certainly not least, is Amazon Web Services’ AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty credential. While not unique in the AWS format, this test is unique on its topic and requirement. You need five years of Big Data implementation experience and an AWS solution architect certification to even take the test.


The exam covers AWS’ solutions to Big Data and how they solve some of today’s toughest Big Data problems. This is a must for anyone wanting to strut their stuff and do it on one of the most prevalent cloud platforms out there. I am currently going after this certification. It will set you back $300, but will pay dividends for a long time to come.


If you’re unsure which certification(s) to go after in the coming year, focus on your career goals and pick the credential(s) that lines up with best with those aims. As always, I wish you good luck and happy certifying!



Nathan Kimpel PhotoNathan Kimpel is a seasoned information technology and operations executive with a diverse background in all areas of company functionality, and a keen focus on all aspects of IT operations and security. Over his 20 years in the industry, he has held every job in IT and currently serves as a Project Manager in the St. Louis (Missouri) area, overseeing 50-plus projects. He has years of success driving multi-million dollar improvements in technology, products and teams. His wide range of skills include finance, ERP and CRM systems. Certifications include PMP, CISSP, CEH, ITIL and Microsoft.