No Experience in NoSQL? No Problem.

I just attended a great talk at the Evanta CDO Chicago event. Sriram Mohan of Avalon Consulting, LLC. and Rose-Hullman Institute of Technology spoke on the challenge of finding people who have Big Data or Enterprise NoSQL skills. This topic really resonated with me because, as a Sales Engineering Director for MarkLogic, I’m looking to hire engineers skilled in both. As Sriram says: Few people have any real experience, so how do you find individuals with skills that can close the gap? What would those skills be?

Faced with the challenge of building a team that can deliver MarkLogic’s Enterprise NoSQL message and use the technology to prove our capabilities, I listened intently to Sriram’s suggestions. These are a few of the skills that stood out:

  1. Willingness to learn
  2. Not just a programmer; must have a designer’s mindset
  3. Solid UNIX experience; Windows is fine, but must understand the UNIX architecture
  4. Scripting – Shell, Python, Perl; must be able to stitch processing pipelines together quickly
  5. JavaScript, Java programming
  6. Understanding of distributed systems
  7. SQL experience

There were a few others on Sriram’s list, but these are the ones that validate what I’m targeting in my hires. And because the good professor teaches MarkLogic in his database courses, I hope to see some of his students in the near future!

The final point I gathered from Sriram’s talk was a simple question: “Do you even need Hadoop?” This was an aside, to the skills discussion, but I really think it’s an important question. I often speak with people who “need Hadoop” but aren’t completely sure why. I’ll save that topic for another blog entry.
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