Armada Group TED Talks

The online TED Talks are among the best places to hear from top experts in every field. You can keep up with advances in every field of study, and get advice about how to live your best life. Here are some of the best TED talks to help you get further in your career.

1. If you're working in technology, you're undoubtedly smart. But a high IQ isn't enough to make you successful. Listen to Angela Lee Duckworth's talk about the power of grit and determination.

2. If you want to get hired — or to hire the best talent — you need to understand how the job market really works. Wingham Rowan discusses how technology can support flexible hiring.

3. The job you're doing today may not be around tomorrow. Artificial intelligence, droids, and robots mean machines can do more and more of the work that currently requires people. Where will there still be jobs? Listen to Andrew McAfee to find out.

4. For most people, work takes at least 40 hours per week. That's more time than we spend on anything else, except maybe sleeping. Learn how to find meaning in your work in this talk by Dan Ariely.

5. You'll enjoy your time at the office more if you adapt principles of simple living to the workplace. Learn six rules for simplifying work in a talk by Yves Morieux.

6. The best workplaces are collaborative, not command-driven, but that doesn't mean you can't learn about leadership from a general. Hear what Stanley McChrystal has to say about effective leadership.

7. While building your career is important, so is enjoying the rest of your life. Nigel Marsh's talk will help you take control and find the balance between working and living.

If you've absorbed the lessons from the TED Talks and want to further your career by exploring a new opportunity, The Armada Group is ready to help. We have years of experience connecting candidates to employers who need their skills and value their contributions. Check out our hot jobs database to see some of our openings, and then connect with one of our recruiters to start your search. Your next job is out there waiting for you!

Published in Staffing News

Hadoop Lucrative IT

Big Data is big. The technology is now being used across all industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to even relatively low-tech retail and hospitality firms. The main technology behind Big Data, Hadoop is a framework that lets calculations on massive data sets take place on clustered nodes of inexpensive hardware, often in the cloud.

Big Corporate Commitments to Big Data

According to the research firm Gartner, more than 40 percent of companies they surveyed will invest in Hadoop development over the next two years. In the manufacturing industry, another survey showed big data was a priority for more than 80% of firms.

For many companies, one of the biggest stumbling blocks is a lack of familiarity with the technology and a lack of staff with the necessary experience. Because of this, developers with Hadoop skills are able to pull down big salaries – the average annual salary for Hadoop developers is more than $115,000.

Multiple Options for Companies Using Hadoop

Companies that sell big data products are trying to reduce the skills threshold in several ways. All vendors offer training, of course. Cloud providers including Amazon and Google offer Hadoop as a Service, letting businesses more easily spin up a Hadoop environment. These on-demand environments let companies dive right into the analysis that matters to them, rather than focusing on details like provisioning nodes and tuning clusters. Companies like Oracle provide pre-packaged analytics for specific industries.

Multiple Options for Developers with Hadoop Skills

All of that means that developers with Hadoop skills have lots of opportunity available to them, including working with a company implementing its own big data projects, a cloud vendor implementing big data environments on demand, and a packaged software vendor creating standard analytics reports.

Get Training in Big Data Skills

Developers who want to work with Big Data should get training in Hadoop, but that's not the only skill they need. Big Data depends on databases, and NoSQL is the chief database technology used. Although many Big Data developers will work with vendor analytics products, understanding data mining and statistical analysis is still necessary. Big Data developers should also have real familiarity with at least one of the vendor Hadoop as a Service offerings.

Currently, most big data opportunities are in geographic areas with large clusters of technology firms, like Silicon Valley, New York, and Seattle. As big data usage continues to spread, so will the need for its skills, meaning the opportunities will spread across the country. 

Published in IT Infrastructure