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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Data Mining and Analytics hot career

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have published a list of job-market hotspots, and in the top ten is Data Mining and Analytics.  The study is based on enrollment figures, national employment statistics and interviews with San Diego business executives.

One interesting tidbit from the study: “A study by students and faculty at the University of California Berkeley found that the amount of data in the world doubles every three years.  For this reason, more employees are needed in the data mining industry to drill down, analyze and interpret the data.”

Check it out at “Hot Careers For College Graduates 2011: A Special Report For Recent and Mid-Career College Graduates.”


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