Hadoop is an open source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware.
While the global Hadoop market is expected to soar, with revenue reaching $84.6 billion by 2021, the sector is witnessing a severe lack of trained and talented technical experts globally.
Hortonworks develops and supports open source Hadoop data platform software. The California-based company says its enterprise Hadoop is in high demand in SA, but to date, Hadoop skills have been scare and costly to acquire locally.
InfoFlow provides software, consulting and specialised services in business intelligence solutions, data warehousing and data integration.
The company will deliver localised expert resources and Hadoop training support programmes to a wide range of local companies across the financial services, retail, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.
“There is huge demand in SA for enterprise Hadoop skills, with large enterprises having to fly expensive resources into the country to give their enterprise Hadoop projects guidance and structure,” says Veemal Kalanjee, MD of InfoFlow.
“Instead of moving existing skills around across various clients, Hortonworks wants to take a longer term approach by cross-skilling people through the training and leveraging the graduate programme run by InfoFlow.”
This partnership makes InfoFlow the only accredited Hortonworks training entity in Sub-Saharan Africa, adds Kalanjee.
The Hortonworks training will be added to InfoFlow’s broader portfolio of accredited Informatica Intelligent Data Platform graduate programmes across data management and data warehousing, governance, security, operations and data access.
The Hortonworks-InfoFlow partnership will bring to Johannesburg the only Hortonworks training and testing site in SA, according to the companies.
Local professionals will be able to attend classes focusing on a range of Hortonworks product training programmes at InfoFlow’s training centre in Fourways, Johannesburg.
The courses to be offered include: Hadoop 123; Essentials; Hadoop Admin Foundations; Hortonworks Data Platform and Developer Quick Start.
“There is currently no classroom-based training available on Hortonworks locally and if clients require this, the costs are too high. Having classroom-based training affords clients the ability to ask questions, interact on real-world challenges they are experiencing and apply the theory learnt in a lab environment, set up specifically for them.”
InfoFlow will have an accredited trainer early next year and will provide the instructor-led, classroom Hortonworks training at reduced rates, concludes Kalanjee.