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Course Review – Big data and Hadoop Developer Certification Course by Simplilearn

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Introduction

There is no question that the Big Data revolution sweeping through the world of business has made its impact on companies big and small. Multinational giants and startups alike are going out of their way to incorporate Big Data capabilities, including the likes of Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, Facebook, Tesla, and more.

The Big Data boom has resulted in a surge in the demand for skilled Big Data professionals not just in India – but around the world. In particular, the insurance, FMCG, online marketing, and e-commerce sectors -which deal with huge volumes of data on a regular basis – are facing a shortage of data specialists.

And according to a report by McKinsey Global, the demand-supply gap is acute, with an estimated 1.5 million Big Data managers needed by 2018!

Simplilearn’s Big Data and Hadoop Developer Certification Training offers you an opportunity to start your dream career in big data from scratch.

Not too long ago, I had a chance to chat with Indranil Banerjee, Associate Director, Simplilearn. I learned about their motives for launching this course and how they are trying to transform big data industry in India. I met their course instructors and learned about their methodology of teaching this course.

Recently I came to know that many students are contemplating taking this course and looking for further information on the same. To help them make a more informed choice, I’ve reviewed the course and offered my input.

Read on to find out more about this popular course and why it’s been the starting point for thousands of successful Big Data professionals the world over.

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What is the objective of this course ?

The main objective of this course is to develop skilled professionals in various big data technologies like Hadoop, Apache Spark, Mapreduce, Cassandra and many more. The course aims to provide comprehensive knowledge of Big Data tools to enable professionals at any level tackle data assignments with ease. The mandatory real-life industry projects that are included with the course ensure participants get adequate hands-on experience.

Needless to say, all this will contribute to one’s chances of employability in big data industry.

 

What is the Course Structure ?

This course is available in two formats: Self-paced, and Instructor-led \ Online Classroom. The online classroom instructor led program is offered via Flexipass. This feature allows access to multiple batches of training, across timezones for a period of 90 days. Both formats provide high quality e-learning content for 180 days to enable self paced training.

In both cases, the self-contained pedagogy used in this course primarily benefits students with no prior knowledge of big data. For instance, big data requires knowledge of Java. But even if you have no formal training in Java, the course offers a module in Java to get you started.

This course follows a basic to advanced level teaching structure. In addition to other big data tools, this course offers a dedicated module on Apache Spark (widely considered to be the future of Big Data). This course is thus up-to-date and is in-line with the latest industry trends and developments. The course offers training in Hadoop 2.7, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase, Zookeeper, Sqoop, Flume and predictive modeling in R (additional course). Check out the complete course listing here.

For an enhanced learning experience, it offers a unique CloudLab feature. This feature gives the user the experience of working on a state of the art hadoop cluster with no maintenance issues. Also, the inclusion of industry projects across retail, insurance, social media, offers the much-needed practical experience of working on Big Data. A candidate will receive a 3 months experience certificate after the successful completion of this course.

However, amidst such exemplary offerings, moving with the currents trends, I understand that they are adding Python/R in the course as well. Use of these analytic tools with Big Data will further strengthen their course, which is already among the best available today.

 

What’s the Faculty like ?

The training faculty that host the sessions are fairly experienced and aware of the latest industry developments. I found no instances where the course instructor struggled to answer questions adequately

I noticed that the instructors laid more emphasis on explaining technical topics with illustrations from real-world scenarios. This helps participants relate theory with practice and absorb dense technical details easily.

Needles to say, if you opt for self paced classes, you’d miss out on this experience. However, the choice of course is completely left to your discretion.

 

How good is the content ?

The pre-recorded video tutorials have nice and clear video & voice clarity. The instructor’s accent is easy to understand and interpret. Difficult topics are explained using interesting real life examples.

The upcoming version of the course will provide upgraded content based on the new Cloudera certification. They will also feature motion graphics and an on-screen instructor. I think that will be an exciting change as I always feel that on-screen instructor provides higher engagement.

This will help increase concentration and make learning more visualized compared to voice explaining slide mode.

 

Who should take this course ?

This course is broadly suited for candidates of all domains who are keen to pursue big data as a career. The inclusion of Java module has made it even more appealing for non-technical candidates as well.

However, as per my understanding, prior knowledge of java in this course should be a major advantage. The additional java module can be used as a refresher (if required). Candidates from IT background would find this course easier to relate and understand. On the other hand, a newbie with some diligence and enough practice should be able to discern the terminologies used in different stages of this course.

Hence, I would thus suggest that this course is best suited for experienced (<2 years) IT professionals. But that doesn’t mean a newbie cannot benefit from the training. You might need to work harder than others, but if you truly aspire to become a big data scientist, I don’t see it being impossible.

 

Past Students Experience

Professionals who have taken the Big Data certification training in the past seem quite satisfied. Many have landed their first big gig in Big Data as a direct result of the course. Here are a few reviews I have picked from their website.

Deepak Priyadarshi (Founder and CEO at Filament Factory) – a student of this course : It was an amazing experience to train on BIG DATA with Simplilearn. This course is very feasible to the beginners and the course contents are downloadable on the go.

Devendra Sahu (Project Manager at Wipro) – This program is very well structured and planned to help anyone who want to understand Big Data & Hadoop concepts. I recommend it to everyone who wants to get into the Hadoop ecosystem.

 

Overall Recommendation

My final verdict is: I recommend this course to all aspiring big data candidates. This is a good starting point for your journey. Apart from the quality of the offerings, which is exceptional, the price point of the course also makes it value-for-money material.

The self paced module is available for just Rs.10,999. The instructor led / online classroom module can be availed at Rs. 21,999. After looking around a bit, I’ve come to realize that it’s difficult to find a course in this price range, considering the immense array of offerings being provided.

Also, the CloudLab feature offered saves a lot of time spent in installation and configuration. This virtual hadoop environment provides an accelerated learning experience. The inclusion of industry projects across sectors make for an much needed practical experience on your resume.

 

End Notes

I hope this review would help you in deciding on your first or next big data course. I understand there are many courses available on big data and each has its own “value proposition”, Simplilearn’s course is a great place to begin.

If you have any questions about the program, I’ll be happy to share my views & perspective. If I don’t have the answer myself, I’ll reach out to people who do.

You can test your skills and knowledge. Check out Live Competitions and compete with best Data Scientists from all over the world.

18 Comments

  • mahesh says:

    Sir
    I have registered for simplilearn hadoop developer course. But as of now I have freezed my course. When is the course going to be updated .
    What is the best learning path for an data scientist job.

    • Dhananjay Yadav says:

      To become well-versed with The Sexiest Job ( Data Scientist) as per Harvard Business Review, you can start with Data Scientist with SAS and Excel followed by Data Scientist with R- language. In current scenario, SAS and R courses are a necessity for landing an Analytics Job at any well renowned Organisation. Simplilearn’s Data Scientist Programs offers you all of it.

  • ankush says:

    This is very helpful, was planning to do Big data training.

  • Sandeep says:

    Hi Kunal,

    I am a Analytics professional with exposure to SAS/R. Now I want to learn Big Data as well, can you please let me know, which course among the below two is better
    1) SimpliLearn
    2) Course offered by Jigsaw Academy.

    Request you to please provide your recommendation

    Regards
    Sandeep

    • Dhananjay Yadav says:

      My personal suggestion would be to go with Simplilearn’s Big Data & Hadoop Developer course. Since, not only is it a cheaper option, you also get added benefit Cloud Labs to perform your practical understanding on the platform.

  • kirandugad says:

    HI Kunal,

    I am MBA finance professional with 7 years experience in Capital market domain & aspiring to enter into Big data industry. I have done Business Analytics course from OrangeTree Global with knowledge on SAS & R. But still find it difficult to get an entry in to Analytics industry, as most of the companies required people who have organisational experience.

    Pls guide me how can a professional like me will get an entry into Analytics industry?

    Will this course from Simplilearn provide me the platform which I am looking for? Is there any placement assurance from Simplilearn?

    Regards,
    Kiran

  • kirandugad says:

    HI Kunal,

    I am MBA finance professional with 7 years experience in Capital market domain & aspiring to enter into Big data industry. I have done Business Analytics course from OrangeTree Global with knowledge on SAS & R, also done ‘The Analytics Edge’ course on EDX. But still find it difficult to get an entry in to Analytics industry, as most of the companies required people who have organisational experience.

    Pls guide me how can a professional like me will get an entry into Analytics industry?

    Will this course from Simplilearn provide me the platform which I am looking for? Is there any placement assurance from Simplilearn?

    Regards,
    Kiran

    • Dhananjay says:

      Hi Kiran,

      Since you have already done Data Science with R and SAS, the obvious progression has to be with Big Data. Data Science combined with Big Data makes for a much envious skillset, which majority of the large organizations such as IBM, EMC2, Accenture, Vodafone and others are willing to hire. Furthermore, the demand for Big Data Specialists is expected to increase by 2, 00,000 in the coming 3 years. Hence, it will enable you to stay ahead of the competition.

      While Simplilearn doesn’t provide placement assistance, but their course is well regarded globally, and Big Data Thought Leader – Lillian Pierson as there course advisor. Also, you get course completion certification along-with 3 months Experience Certificate, as they make you work on exhaustive Industry Projects during the course.

      Thanks,
      Dhananjay

  • cseaspirant says:

    I’ve the same question , which course is better among

    SimpliLearn or Course offered by Jigsaw Academy.

    and

    How is the placement support ??

    • Dhananjay says:

      Hi,

      I wanted to do a Big Data courses myself, and after coming across a lot of companies I realized that no course provider can assure you a placement, but certifications can certainly help you in landing an interview call. In comparison to Jigsaw, Simplilearn’s Big Data Hadoop Architect Master Program provides with Specialization not only in Big Data and Hadoop Developer but also Apache Spark and Scala along-with MongoDB Developer and Administrator/ Apache Cassandra.The program also offers additional skills in the form of Storm, Impala, Kafka.

      Additionally, multi-skilled employees get paid more. From Indeed’s data, I have learned that the multi-skill employees are paid 35 % more.

      Interestingly, Simplilearn’s provides with a unique offering of Flexi-Pass, wherein you pay once and get unlimited access to 7+ batches for 90 days. Simplilearn’s course is globally recognized brand, and has Big Data Thought Leader – Lillian Pierson as there course advisor. Their courses are conducted by International Subject Matter Experts. Also, you get course completion certification along-with 3 months Experience Certificate, as they make you work on exhaustive Industry Projects during the course.

      Thanks,
      Dhananjay

  • Sriram RV says:

    Hi I am in MIS department using excel and aged more than 40. Can I be recommended for this course

  • Mrinmoy Laha says:

    Hi Kunal,,
    I am an Oracle certified Professional with 10+ years of development experience in IT. Now I want to switch to Big Data, can you please let me know, which course among the below two is better
    1) Course offered by Jigsaw Academy (Jigsaw-Willy certification course).
    2) SimpliLearn

    How is the placement support of Jigsaw? They are telling they have around 100+ partner through which they will try to place if we can do Bigdata + Data Analyst course. You also reviewed their Bigdata course in other blog.

    Request you to please provide your recommendation for best options out of two.

    Thanks and Regards
    Mrinmoy Laha

    • Dhananjay says:

      Hi Mrinmoy,

      I have done lot of research in the field, and have come to understand that none of the online course providers in India can assure you with placements. In comparison to Jigsaw, Simplilearn’s Big Data Hadoop Architect Master’s Program provides with Specialization not only in Big Data and Hadoop Developer but also Apache Spark and Scala along-with MongoDB Developer and Administrator/ Apache Cassandra. The program also comprises Storm, Impala, Kafka, which are additional skill-sets to ensure you become a Hadoop champion. As per Job Site – Indeed.com, multi-skills in Big Data has been helping skilled professionals earn almost 35 % more than a single skilled professional in Big Data.

      Unlike any other online course providers, Simplilearn’s provides with a unique offering of Flexi-Pass, wherein you pay once and get unlimited access to 7+ batches for 90 days.

      Simplilearn’s course is globally recognized brand, and has Big Data Thought Leader – Lillian Pierson as there course advisor. Their courses are conducted by International Subject Matter Experts. Also, you get course completion certification along-with 3 months Experience Certificate, as they make you work on exhaustive Industry Projects during the course.

      Thanks,
      Dhananjay

  • Yogesh says:

    Nice Info. I m also above 40 and currently doing online course at intellipat.Hadoop .

  • Hi Kunal
    Big Data is the new trend added to academic discipline. Its gud that simplilearn is offering related courses.

  • Sundar says:

    Hi everybody,

    Pls give a one advise I completed M.Sc, Computer science in 2006. I am working in Pharma company. So, can I change my profession to Big data. If it is possible please inform to me. How to learn this course and how to get job in future.

    Regards
    Sundar

  • Mrs Kavita R Shimpi says:

    I want to update myself with the certificate course in hardware and networking

  • nithinbhatt says:

    I have taken Big data and Hadoop Training from it skills training services and they are good and it was Very helpfull….www

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