Satishnnarayana Konidena

Satish Vorkady Naik

Technical Architect, North American Financial Institution
Toronto, Canada
Big Data and Hadoop Certification Training
Before DeZyre:
BI Consultant
The instructor is teaching practical concepts. I am happy as after a couple of classes with the current instructor, I am able to work on the project with a hands on approach.

DeZyre: Satish, can you please walk me through your career and the kind of technologies you are currently working on?

Satish: I started out as a technical consultant in Hinduja Global Solutions. Then I joined Mashreq Global Services in 2015 as Systems Engineer. While working in the financial sector, I realised the enormity of the data we deal with everyday. If you do not work in the Finance sector, you will not know how complex financial data can get and how voluminous it is. I had come across Big data analytics many times, and with our company using Hadoop, I finally made the decision to learn it.

DeZyre: So learning Hadoop was driven by the requirement at your job?

Satish: Yes. So, like I told you, I am currently working on SAS and Netezza platform. Going forward we may include Hadoop as one of the solutions. The company is still not at the stage where they have implemented Hadoop as a solution but they will definitely implement Hadoop in the near future. I want to get trained in Hadoop now, so that I can pursue a career in this technology once the company implements it. That is why it is very important that I get practical hands on training in Hadoop now, as I will be one of the first members in my company to work on this technology. Also, I am simultaneously undergoing training in Python, as that is another tool that I want to focus on.

DeZyre: Is your company dealing with a lot of big data currently?

Satish: We are not dealing with a lot of data at the moment. We use SAS for data analysis in a small way but in the long term, we will be moving towards Hadoop technologies because what is happening is - data storage is becoming very expensive in the current platform and we are planning to move to Hadoop as it is commodity hardware and it will be cheaper for the organization.

DeZyre: How has your DeZyre experience been so far?

Satish: The course content is sufficient to meet my requirements. One thing I observed, after going through a couple of classes and changing my batch, is that the approach of different tutors varies vastly. All the instructors should have a consistent pattern of teaching, as the students will not know who is good or not. For me, I was learning a brand new technology. I needed to learn with a more hands on approach so that I get a feel of the technology rather than attending some theoretical course that I could have learnt very well online from other providers.

For someone who is learning a new technology definitely needs have more hands on kind of training. The current batch that I am in, is good. The instructor is teaching practical concepts. He is giving much more emphasis on hands on learning - now I am happy as after a couple of classes with the current instructor, I am able to work on the project with a hands on approach.

DeZyre: Is there any particular Hadoop project that you wanted to work on?

Satish: At present I am still in the initial stage of learning Hadoop. Once I complete some percentage of the course I can think of the kind of Hadoop project I want to work on.

DeZyre: Prior to DeZyre, did you go through any learning material for Hadoop?

Satish: Yes, I had gone through some theoretical material before this - and that helped me understand Hadoop and then I ventured into investing in learning this technology by working on practical assignments.

DeZyre: So this is something that most people who take up this Hadoop course want to know - What are the technologies that they already should be knowing before signing up for Hadoop?

Satish: Well, if they are already working on data, like data modeling or some analytical tool, take my case for example, I was working on Netezza platform, data modeling plus I was working on business intelligence tool like SAS and Spotfire. So I could visualize as to what are the advantages of Hadoop and such related technologies. That is generally the case - if they have some exposure on any data warehouse or BI technologies, then it would be helpful for them to learn Hadoop. Also they need to have some operating system knowledge like Linux and a little knowledge of Java.

Hadoop is actually leveraging all these other technologies like Linux, Java, relational databases - overall it comprises of them all and that is what got me interested in pursuing this technology.

DeZyre: Lastly I would like to ask if there is any blog or influencer that you follow to update your knowledge of Hadoop?

Satish: I have not found many interesting blogs since I have started learning about Hadoop.

DeZyre: Just wanted to recommend our DeZyre Blog. We write about a lot of upcoming trends in Hadoop if you'd like to take a look.