"We are trying to get the students to really see the potential of big data and what the business outcomes can be from these new sources of data," Bhambhri says. "We're giving them use cases from retail, healthcare and telecommunications companies. We're showing them what was not possible before is possible now because of the work we have done with different customers in these different industries."
Bhambhri is optimistic about the career prospects for IT professionals with data management and Hadoop skills.
"In every industry, there is a lot of data that is getting captured, whether it is sensor data or log data or data coming from social media like Facebook and Twitter," Bhambhri says. "The volumes of the data are huge. So what has been happening is that a lot of our customers are capturing the data, but until now there was no technology that was available that they could use to analyze this data quickly in a cost-effective manner. That was a huge bottleneck. Now we read what Yahoo and Google are doing around Hadoop and MapReduce, and it certainly looks like these open source tools will solve that bottleneck."
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