Top 5 Advantages of AWS Big Data Speciality

Top 5 Advantages of AWS Big Data Speciality

The Biggest Disruption in the IT Sector

Now unless you’ve been a hermit or a monk living in total isolation, you will have heard of Amazon Web Services and AWS Big Data. It’s a sign of an emerging global market and the entire world becoming smaller and smaller every day.  Why? The current estimate for the cloud computing market in 2020, according to Forbes (a new prediction, highly reliable), is a staggering 411 Billion USD$! Visit the following link to read more and see the statistics for yourself:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2017/10/18/cloud-computing-market-projected-to-reach-411b-by-2020

To know more, refer to Wikipedia for the following terms by clicking on them, which mark, in order the evolution of cloud computing (I will also provide the basic information to keep this article as self-contained as possible):

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1. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

This was the beginning of the revolution called cloud computing. Companies and industries across verticals understood that they could let experts manage their software development, deployment, and management for them, leaving them free to focus on their key principle – adding value to their business sector. This was mostly confined to the application level. Follow the heading link for more information, if required.

2. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

PaaS began when companies started to understand that they could outsource both software management and operating systems and maintenance of these platforms to other companies that specialized in taking care of them. Basically, this was SaaS taken to the next level of virtualization, on the Internet. Amazon was the pioneer, offering SaaS and PaaS services worldwide from the year 2006. Again the heading link gives information in depth.

3. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

After a few years in 2011, the big giants like Microsoft, Google, and a variety of other big names began to realize that this was an industry starting to boom beyond all expectations, as more and more industries spread to the Internet for worldwide visibility. However, Amazon was the market leader by a big margin, since it had a five-year head start on the other tech giants. This led to unprecedented disruption across verticals, as more and more companies transferred their IT requirements to IaaS providers like Amazon, leading to (in some cases) savings of well over 25% and per-employee cost coming down by 30%.

After all, why should companies set up their own servers, data warehouse centres, development centres, maintenance divisions, security divisions, and software and hardware monitoring systems if there are companies that have the world’s best experts in every one of these sectors and fields that will do the job for you at less than 1% of the cost the company would incur if they had to hire staff, train them, monitor them, buy their own hardware, hire staff for that as well – the list goes on-and-on. If you are already a tech giant like, say Oracle, you have everything set up for you already. But suppose you are a startup trying to save every penny – and there and tens of thousands of such startups right now – why do that when you have professionals to do it for you?

There is a story behind how AWS got started in 2006 – I’m giving you a link, so as to not make this article too long:

https://medium.com/@furrier/original-content-the-story-of-aws-and-andy-jassys-trillion-dollar-baby

For even more information on AWS and how Big Data comes into the picture, I recommend the following blog:

Introduction to AWS Big Data

AWS Big Data Speciality

OK. So now you may be thinking, so this is cloud computing and AWS – but what does it have to do with Big Data Speciality, especially for startups? Let’s answer that question right now.

A startup today has a herculean task ahead of them.

Not only do they have to get noticed in the big booming startup industry, they also have to scale well if their product goes viral and receives a million hits in a day and provide security for their data in case a competitor hires hackers from the Dark Web to take down their site, and also follow up everything they do on social media with a division in their company managing only social media, and maintain all their hardware and software in case of outages. If you are a startup counting every penny you make, how much easier is it for you to outsource all your computing needs (except social media) to an IaaS firm like AWS.

You will be ready for anything that can happen, and nothing will take down your website or service other than your own self. Oh, not to mention saving around 1 million USD$ in cost over the year! If you count nothing but your  own social media statistics, every company that goes viral has to manage Big Data! And if your startup disrupts an industry, again, you will be flooded with GET requests, site accesses, purchases, CRM, scaling problems, avoiding downtime, and practically everything a major tech company has to deal with!  

Bro, save your grey hairs, and outsource all your IT needs (except social media – that you personally need to do) to Amazon with AWS!

And the Big Data Speciality?

Having laid the groundwork, let’s get to the meat of our article. The AWS certified Big Data Speciality website mentions the following details:

From https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-big-data-specialty/

The AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exam validates technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS services to derive value from data. The examination is for individuals who perform complex Big Data analyses and validates an individual’s ability to:

  • Implement core AWS Big Data services according to basic architecture best practices

  • Design and maintain Big Data

  • Leverage tools to automate data analysis

So, what is an AWS Big Data Speciality certified expert? Nothing more than an internationally recognized certification that says that you, as a data scientist can work professionally in AWS and Big Data’s requirements in Data Science.

Please note: the eligibility criteria for an AWS Big Data Speciality Certification is:

From https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-big-data-specialty/

To put it in layman’s terms, if you, the data scientist, were Priyanka Chopra, getting the AWS Big Data Speciality certification passed successfully is the equivalent of going to Hollywood and working in the USA starring in Quantico!

Suddenly, a whole new world is open at your feet!

But don’t get too excited: unless you already have five years experience with Big Data, there’s a long way to go. But work hard, take one step at a time, don’t look at the goal far ahead but focus on every single day, one day, one task at a time, and in the end you will reach your destination. Persistence, discipline and determination matters. As simple as that.

Certification

From whizlabs.org

Five Advantages of an AWS Big Data Speciality

1. Massive Increase in Income as a Certified AWS Big Data Speciality Professional (a long term 5 years plus goal)

Everyone who’s anyone in data science knows that a data scientist in the US earns an average of 100,000 USD$ every year. But what is the average salary of an AWS Big Data Speciality Certified professional? Hold on to your hat’s folks; it’s 160,000 $USD starting salary. And with just two years of additional experience, that salary can cross 250,000 USD$ every year if you are a superstar at your work. Depending upon your performance on the job Do you still need a push to get into AWS? The following table shows the average starting salaries for specialists in the following Amazon products: (from www.dezyre.com)

Top Paying AWS Skills According to Indeed.com

AWS SkillSalary
DynamoDB$141,813
Elastic MapReduce (EMR)$136,250
CloudFormation$132,308
Elastic Cache$125,625
CloudWatch$121,980
Lambda$121,481
Kinesis$121,429
Key Management Service$117,297
Elastic Beanstalk$114,219
Redshift$113,950

2. Wide Ecosystem of Tools, Libraries, and Amazon Products

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From slideshare.net

Amazon Web Services, compared to other Cloud IaaS services, has by far the widest ecosystem of products and tools. As a Big Data specialist, you are free to choose your career path. Do you want to get into AI? Do you have an interest in ES3 (storage system) or HIgh-Performance Serverless computing (AWS Lambda).  You get to choose, along with the company you work for. I don’t know about you, but I’m just writing this article and I’m seriously excited!

3. Maximum Demand Among All Cloud Computing jobs

If you manage to clear the certification in AWS, then guess what – AWS certified professionals have by far the maximum market demand! Simply because more than half of all Cloud Computing IaaS companies use AWS. The demand for AWS certifications is the maximum right now. To mention some figures: in 2019, 350,000 professionals will be required for AWS jobs. 60% of cloud computing jobs ask for AWS skills (naturally, considering that it has half the market share).

4. Worldwide Demand In Every Country that Has IT

It’s not just in the US that demand is peaking. There are jobs available in England, France, Australia, Canada, India, China, EU – practically every nation that wants to get into IT will welcome you with open arms if you are an AWS certified professional. And look no further than this site. AWS training will be offered soon, here: on Dimensionless.in. Within the next six months at the latest!

5. Affordable Pricing and Free One Year Tier to Learn AWS

Amazon has always been able to command the lowest prices because of its dominance in the market share. AWS offers you a free 1 year of paid services on its cloud IaaS platform. Completely free for one year. AWS training materials are also less expensive compared to other offerings. The following features are offered free for one single year under Amazon’s AWS free tier system:

https://aws.amazon.com/free/

The following is a web-scrape of their free-tier offering:

Freemium

AWS Free Tier One Year Resources Available

There were initially seven pages in the Word document that I scraped from www.aws.com/free. To really have a  look, go to the website on the previous link and see for yourself on the following link (much more details in much higher resolution). Please visit this last mentioned link. That alone will show you why AWS is sitting pretty on top of the cloud – literally.

Final Words

Right now, AWS rules the roost in cloud computing. But there is competition from Microsoft, Google, and IBM. Microsoft Azure has a lot of glitches which costs a lot to fix. Google Cloud Platform is cheaper but has very high technical support charges. A dark horse here: IBM Cloud. Their product has a lot of offerings and a lot of potential. Third only to Google and AWS. If you are working and want to go abroad or have a thirst for achievement, go for AWS. Totally. Finally, good news, all Dimensionless current students and alumni, the languages that AWS is built on has 100% support for Python! (It also supports, Go, Ruby, Java, Node.js, and many more – but Python has 100% support).

Keep coming to this website – expect to see AWS courses here in the near future!

AWS

AWS in the Cloud

 

How to Land a Job As a Data Scientist in 2019

How to Land a Job As a Data Scientist in 2019

It’s the buzz!

Everyone is talking about data science as the dream job that they want to have!

Yes, the “100K $USD annual package” is a big draw.

Furthermore, the key focus of self-help and self-improvement literature coming out in the last decade speak about doing what you enjoy and care about – in short, a job you love to do – since there is the greatest possibility that you will shine the brightest in those areas.

Hence many students and many adventurous challenge-hunting individuals from other professions and other (sometimes related) roles are seeking jobs that involve problem-solving. Data science is one solution since it offers both the chance to disrupt a company’s net worth and profits for the better by focusing on analytics from the data they already have as well as solving problems that are challenging and interesting. Especially for the math nerds and computer geeks with experience in problem-solving and a passionate thirst to solve their next big challenge.

So what can you do to land yourself in this dream role?

 

Fundamentals of Data Science

Data science comprises of several roles. Some involve data wrangling. Some involve heavy coding expertise. And all of them involve expert communication and presentation skills. If you focus on just one of these three aspects, you’re already putting yourself at a disadvantage. What you need is to follow your own passion. And then integrate it into your profession. That way you earn a high amount while still doing work you love to do, even at the level of going above and beyond all the expectations that your employer has of you.  So if you’re reading this article, I assume that you are either a student who is intrigued by data science or a working professional who is looking for a more lucrative profession. In such a case, you need to understand what the industry is looking for.

From http://news.mit.edu/2018/mitx-micromasters-program-statistics-and-data-science

a) Coding Expertise

If you want to land a job in the IT or data science fields, understand that you will have to deal with code. Usually, that code will already have been written by some other people or company in the first place. So being intimate with programming and readiness to spend hours and hours of your life sitting before a computer and writing code is something you have to get used to. The younger you start, the better. Children pick up coding fastest compared to all other age groups so there is a very real use-case for getting your kids to code and to see if they seem to like it as young as possible. And there is not just coding – the best choices in these cases will involve people who know software engineering basics and even source control tools and platforms (like Git and GitHub) and have already started their career in coding by contributing to open source projects.

If you are a student, and you want to know what all the hype is about, I suggest that you visit a site that teaches programming – preferably in Python – and start developing your own projects and apps. Yes – apps. The IT world is now mobile, and anyone without knowledge of how to build a mobile app for his product will be left in the dust as far as the highest level of earning is concerned. Even deep learning frameworks, that were once academic, have migrated to the mobile and app ecosystem. That was unthinkable a mere five years ago. If you already know the basics of programming, then learn source control (Git), and how to build programs for open source projects. And then contribute to those projects while you’re still a student. In this case, you will actually become an individual that companies go hunting for before you even complete your schooling or college education. Instead of the other way around!

Mentoring

If you are a student or a professional who is interested in this domain, but don’t know where to start – well – the best thing to do is to find a mentor. You can define a mentor or a coach as someone who has achieved what you aim to achieve in your life. You learn from their experience, their networking capabilities, and their tough sides – the way to keep up your ambition and motivation when you feel the least motivated. If you want to learn data science, what better way than to learn from someone who has done that already? And you will gain a lot of traction when you show promise, especially on your networking side for job placement. For more on that topic (mentoring) – I highly recommend that you study the following article:

https://dimensionless.in/how-to-find-mentors-for-data-science/ 

b) Cogent Communication (Writing and Speaking skills)

Even if you have the world’s best programming expertise, ACM awards, Mathematics Olympiad winning background, you name it – even if you are the best data scientist available in the industry today for your domain – you will go nowhere without communication skills. Communication is more than speaking, reading and typing English – it is the way you present yourself to others in the digital world. That is why blogging, content creation, and focused interaction with your target industry – say, on StackOverflow.com – are so important. A blog really resonates with those to whom you seek a job. It shows that you have genuine, original knowledge about your industry. And if your blog receives critical acclaim through several incoming links from the industry, expect a job interview offer in your email before too long. In many countries but especially in India, the market is flooded with graduates, postgraduates, and PhDs who might have top marks on paper but have no marketable skills as far as their job requirements demand.

Overcome your fears!

Right now it is difficult to see the difference between a 100th percentile skilled data scientist and a 30th percentile skill level by just looking at documents that you submit to a company. A blog testifies that you know your field authoritatively. It also means that you have gained attention from industry leaders (when you receive comments). A StackOverflow answer that is highly rated or even a mention in technology sites like GitHub indicate that you are an expert in your field. Communication is so critical that I recommend that you try to make the best use of every chance you get to speak in public. This is the window the world has on you. Make yourself heard. Be original. Be creative. And the best data scientist in the world will go nowhere unless he or she knows how to communicate effectively. In the industry, this capacity is known as soft skills. And it can be your single biggest advantage over the competition. If you are planning to join a training course for your dream job, make sure the syllabus covers it!

c) Social Networking and Building Industry Connections through LinkedIn

Many sources of information don’t focus on this issue, but it is an absolute must. Your next job could be waiting for you on LinkedIn through a connection. Studies show that less than 1% of resume submissions are selected for the final job offer and lucrative placement. But the same studies show that at least 30% of internal referrals from within a company get placed into the job of their dreamsNetworking is important – so important that if you know the job you’re after, please reach out and research. Understand the company’s problems. Try to address some of their key issues. The more focused, you are the more likely it is that you will get placed in the company you aim for. But always have a plan B – a fallback system, so that in case you do not get placed, you will know what to do. This is especially important today with the competition being so intense.

The Facebook of the Workplace

One place where you can be noticed is through industry connections in social networks. You might miss this, even if you are an M.S. from a college in the US. LinkedIn profiles – the Facebook of the technology world – are especially important today. More and more, in an environment saturated with high-quality talent, who you know can sometimes be even more important as what you know. Connecting to professionals in the industry you plan to work in is critical. This can occur through meetups, through conferences, through technological symposiums and even through paid courses. Courses who have instructors with industry connections are worth their weight in gold – even platinum. Students of such courses who show outstanding promises will be directed to their industry leaders early. If you have a decent GitHub profile but don’t know where to go after that, one way is to go for a course with industry experienced experts. These are the people who are the most likely to be able to land you a job in such a competitive environment. Because the market for data scientists – in fact for IT professionals in general – is highly saturated, including locations like the US.

Conclusion

We have not covered all topics required on this issue, there is much more to speak about. You need to know Statistics – even at PhD levels sometimes, especially Inferential Statistics, Bayes Theorem, Probability and Analysis of Experiments. You should know Linear Algebra in-depth. Indeed, there is a lot to cover. But the best place to learn can be courses tailored to produce Data Scientists. Some firms have really gone the extra mile to convert industry knowledge and key results in each subtopic to create noteworthy training courses specially designed for data science students. In the end, no college degree alone will land you a dream job. What will land you a dream job is hard work and experience through internships and industry projects. Some courses like the ones offered by www.Dimensionless.in have resulted in stellar placement and guidance even after the course duration is finished and when you are a working professional in the job of your dreams. These courses offer – 

  1. Individual GitHub Profile Creation & Mentoring (Coding Expertise)
  2. Training in Soft Skills
  3. Networking Connections on LinkedIn
  4. Instructors with Industry Experience (not academic professors!)

It’s a simple yet potent formula to land you the job of your dreams. Compare the normal route to a data science dream job – a PhD from the US (starting cost Rs. 1,40,28,000.00 INR for five years total, as a usual range) – to a simple course at Rs. 50K to Rs. 25K (yes, INR) from the comfort of taking the course from wherever you may be in the world (remote but live tuition – not recorded videos) with a mic on your end to ask the instructor every doubt you have – and you have a remarkable product guaranteed to land you a dream job within six months. Think the offer’s too good to be true? Well; visit the link below, and pay special attention to the feedback from past students of these same courses on the home page.

Last words – you never know what the future holds – economy and convenience are both prudent and praiseworthy. All the best!

 

 

Top 10 Advantages of a Data Science Certification

Top 10 Advantages of a Data Science Certification

Data science is a booming industry, with potentially millions of job openings by 2020, according to the latest analyst’s business predictions. But what if you want to learn data science without the heavy cost of a postgraduate degree or the US university MOOC specialization? What is the best way to prepare for this upcoming wave of opportunity and maximize your chances for a 100K+ USD (annual) job? Well – there are many challenges that stand before you in such a case. Not only is the market saturated with an abundance of existing fresh talent, but most of the training you receive in college has no relationship to the actual type of work you get on the job. With so many engineering graduates passing out every year from so many established institutions such as the IITs, how can you hope to realistically compete? Well – there is one possibility you can choose if you wish to stand out from the rest of the competition – high-quality data science programs or courses. And in this article, we are going to list the top ten advantages of choosing such a course compared to other options, like a Ph.D., or an online MOOC Specialization from a US university (which are very tempting options, especially if you have the money for them).

Top Ten Advantages of Data Science Certification

1. Stick to Essentials, Cut the Fluff.

Now if you are a professional data scientist, no one expects you to derive any AI algorithms from first principles. You also don’t need to extensively dig into the (relatively) trivial history behind each algorithm, nor learn SVD (Singular Value Decomposition) or Gaussian Elimination on a real matrix without a computer to assist you. There is so much material that an academic degree covers that is never used on the job! Yes, you need to have an intuitive idea about the algorithms. But unless you’re going in for ML research, there’s not much use of knowing, say, Jacobians or Hessians in depth. Professional data scientists work in very different domains while compared to academic researchers or academic counterparts. Learn what you need on the job. If you try to cover everything mentioned in class, you’ve already lost the race. Focus on learning bare essentials thoroughly. You always have Google and StackOverflow to assist you as long as you’re not writing an exam!

2. Learning from Instructors with Work Experience, not PhD scientists!

Now from whom should you receive training? From PhD academics who’ve never worked on a real professional project but have published extensively, or instructors with real-life professional project experience? Very often, the teachers and instructors in colleges and universities belong to the former category, and you are remarkably fortunate if you have an instructor who has that invaluable component called industry experience. The latter category are rare and difficult to find, and you are lucky – even remarkably so – if you are studying under them. They will be able to teach you with context to the job experience in real-life, which is always exactly what you need the most.

3. Working with the Latest Technology Stacks.

Now, who would be better able to land you a job – teachers who teach what they studied ten years ago, or professionals who work with the latest tools available in the industry? It’s undoubtedly true that the people with industry experience can help you to choose what technologies you should learn and master. Academics, in comparison, could even be working with technology stacks over ten years old! Please try to stick with instructors who have work experience.

4. Individual Attention.

In a college or a MOOC with thousands of students, it’s simply not possible for each student to get individual attention. However, in data science programs, it is true that every student will receive individual attention tailored to their needs, which is exactly what you need. Every student is different and will have their own understanding of the projects available. This customized attention that is available when batch sizes are less than 30-odd is the greatest advantage such students have over college and MOOC students.

5. GitHub Project Portfolio Guidance.

Every college lecturer will advise you to develop a GitHub project portfolio, but they cannot give your individual profile genuine attention. The reason for that is that they have too many students and requirements upon their time to be able to spend time with individual project portfolios and actually mentor you in designing and establishing your own project portfolio. However, data science programs are different and it is genuinely possible for the instructors to mentor you individually in designing your project portfolios. Experienced industry professionals can even help you identify ‘niches’  within your field in which you can shine and carve out a special brand for your own project specialties so that you can really distinguish yourself and be a class apart from the rest of your competition.

6. Mentoring even After Getting Placed in a Company and Working by Yourself.

Trust me, no college professor will be able or even available to help you once you get placed within the industry since your domains will be so different. However, its a very different story with industry professionals who become instructors. You can even go to them or contact them for guidance even after placement, which is, simply not something most academic professors will be able to do unless they too have industry experience, which is very rare.

7. Placement Assistance.

People who have worked in the industry will know the importance of having company referrals in the placement process. It is one thing to have a cold call with a  company with no internal referrals. Having someone already established within the company you apply to can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful recruitment process. Every industry professional will have contacts in many companies, which puts them in a unique position to aid you at the time of placement opportunities.

8. Learn Critical but Non-Technical Job Skills, such as Networking, Communication, and Teamwork

teamwork in data science

While it is important to know the basics, one reason why brilliant students do badly in the industry after they get a job is the lack of soft skills like communication and teamwork. A job in the industry is so much more than bare skills studied in class. You need to be able to communicate effectively and to work well in teams, which can be guided by industry professionals but not by professors since they will have no experience in this area because they have never worked in the industry. Professionals will know who to guide you with regard to this aspect of your expertise, since its a case of being in that position and having learnt the necessary skills in the industry through their job experiences and work capacities.

9. Reduced Cost Requirements

It is one thing to be able to sponsor your own PhD doctoral fees.  It is quite another thing to learn the very same skills for less than 1% of the cost of a PhD degree in, say, the USA. Not only is it financially less demanding, but you also don’t have to worry about being able to pay off massive student loans through industry work and fat paychecks, often at the cost of compromising your health or your family needs. Why take a Rs. 75 lakh student loan, when you can get the same outcome from a course less than 0.5% of the price? The takeaways will still be the same! In most cases, you will even receive better training through the data science program than an academic qualification because your instructors will have job experience.

10. Highly Reduced Time Requirements

A PhD degree takes, on average, 5 years. A data science program gets you job-ready in a few months time. Why don’t you decide which is better for you? This is especially true when you already have job experience in another domain or you are more than 23-25 years old, and doing a full PhD program could put you on the wrong side of 30 with almost no job experience. Please go for the data science program, since the time spent working in your 20s is critical for most companies who are hiring today since they consider you to a be a good ‘çultural fit’ for the company environment, especially when you have less than 3-4 years experience.

Summary

Thus, its easy to see that in so many ways, a data science program can be much better for you than a data science degree. So, the critical takeaway for this article is that there is no need to spend Rs. 75,000,000+ for skills which you can acquire for Rs. 35,000 max. It really is a no-brainer. These data science programs really offer true value for money. In case you’re interested, please do check out the following data science programs, each of which have every one of the advantages listed above:

Data Science Programs Offered by Dimensionless.in

  1. Data Science with Python and R: https://dimensionless.in/data-science-using-r-python/ 
  2. Big Data Analytics and NLP: https://dimensionless.in/big-data-analytics-nlp/
  3. Deep Learning: https://dimensionless.in/deep-learning/

All the best and happy learning!