Big Data for Beginners


What Will You Learn?

  • How to deploy Big Data in your environment
  • What technologies make up Big Data
  • Which common business problems Big Data can and cannot solve


The Big Data for Beginners course is designed to introduce the Big Data ecosystem. The course begins with basic concepts behind how Hadoop systems are laid out and how they function. Additionally, it covers the different types of work that you might consider for using Hadoop, and whether or not it is the right tool.



BI Consultant
Josh is a Business Intelligence Consultant with Pragmatic Works. He has been working with SQL Server for almost ten years. He speaks at multiple IT events every year, including SQL Saturdays and Code on the Beach. He is also a member of the Business Intelligence and Big Data Virtual Chapters of PASS, the Professional Association of SQL Server. Josh lives in Orlando, FL where he is a member of OPASS, or Orlando’s local PASS chapter.


What to Know Before the Class

No previous SQL experience is necessary. A basic understanding of Linux and PowerShell is needed to understand the Deployments section. A basic knowledge of Excel, Power Pivot and Power Query will be helpful for the Data Presentation section.

Curriculum For This Course

System Requirements

  • PowerShell 4.0
  • Azure PowerShell cmdlets
  • Access to Microsoft Hyper-V (or other virtualization host) to create Virtual Machines. Hyper-V is available for free with Windows 8 and higher
  • Excel 2013 add-ins for Power Pivot and Power Query

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