The Big Data revolution is sweeping across India. The right certification can help you get in on the action.It’s no secret that in today’s high-tech world, vast quantities of data are being generated and gathered at an ever-accelerating rate. With such significant amounts of “Big Data” pouring in, it’s increasingly important that organizations correctly gather, store, and analyze this data to determine trends, challenges and opportunities.

Analysis of Big Data enables business decisions to be based on foresight rather than hindsight. Organizations able to carry out timely analytics on their data gain an edge over competitors through faster and better business decision-making. Indian organizations are turning to Big Data analytics on a massive scale, and it’s fast becoming the clear favorite among IT organizations.

As per a report by NASSCOM and BlueOcean Market Intelligence, the Big Data trend has caught up with India big time. The current $1 billion Indian Big Data analytics market will double to $2.3 billion towards the end of 2017-18.

As an IT professional, you must always be looking out for new skills to add to your repertoire, and Big Data might just be the best one yet. Wondering why you should choose this niche? A quick search through any popular job site such as Naukri.com or Monster.com reveals a large number of postings seeking big data professionals. The demand for Big Data scientists and consultants is rising exponentially, and you don’t want to miss this bus.

Need for Big Data Certification

The growth of Big Data is bound to continue in India due to a tremendous increase in the usage of smart devices and related applications, the eCommerce revolution, the Digital India campaign, increased broadband coverage, and better speeds.

There is a growing scarcity of IT professionals who can effectively perform and interpret the analytics of Big Data. This scarcity isn’t only in India, it’s happening around the world. A credential in Big Data can open up great career options. Certification in any technology is a good thing, as it helps enhance your knowledge, but achieving it in a niche area like Big Data may be the big break that you have been waiting for.

Let’s examine some of India’s more highly valued Big Data certifications and programs.

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

The CAP program offered by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is more of a practice-based certification comprised of rigorous job and task analysis. It covers seven major practice areas: business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data, methodology selection, model building, deployment, and lifecycle management.

Once you enroll for CAP certification, you can download a CAP study guide along with preview material from the official website. Candidates appear for the general analytics certification by completing the CAP computer-based exam (as per your scheduled date) at any of more than 50 Kryterion testing centers in India.

Certificate in Engineering Excellence Big Data Analytics and Optimization (CPEE)

The International School of Engineering (INSOFE) offers this CPEE certification program. The course duration is approximately six months (or 22 weeks) with classroom-based training and is designed specifically for working professionals so they can attend classes on weekends.

The course lays importance on R and Hadoop skills, along with statistical modelling, machine learning, data analytics, text mining, and optimization.

You can download the detailed course curriculum from the INSOFE official website and submit your queries before enrolling for the course. Candidates are continuously evaluated with scheduled assessments during the course via real-world capstone projects and quizzes.

Certificate Program in Business Analytics (CBA)

The renowned Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad offers the CBA course and requires you to attend classes every alternate month (for one year) on campus for a five-day schedule (with stay), which will mostly include a weekend to avoid major hindrance to your working schedule.

This means that, for six months, you have classroom-based training, while for the remaining six months, you will learn through a technology-supported platform. CBA is a rigorous program with plenty of guest lectures, group learning and projects. There are also periodic assessments to gauge your progress.

To enroll for the CBA course, you can visit the ISB website and download the brochure for the ISB-Biocon Certificate Program in Business Analytics.

Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics (PGPBA)

The Great Lakes Institute of Management locations in both Gurgaon and Chennai offer this course. The aim of the PGPBA course is to facilitate you with structured thinking and tools that will assist you in taking effective, data-driven decisions for your business.

You can learn industry specific business analytics during this course as it involves a good deal of industry interaction. It also involves classroom and technology-aided learning as well. If you have more than five years of work experience in BI or IT Consulting, this course can help you make a strong claim for managerial roles in your company.

Executive Program in Business Analytics (EPBA)

The Big Data revolution is sweeping across India. The right certification can help you get in on the action.This course is offered by the Indian Institute of Management (Kolkata), India’s biggest management school. The major advantage of this course is the Institute’s endorsement on your resume, along with what you have learned about Big Data analytics.

The course is spread over 10 modules taught over a period of one year. While most learning sessions are delivered to you via the Hughes Global Education interactive learning platform, this course also requires you to stay on campus (with two visits) at the Institute for a period of five days. However, it doesn’t demand high work experience from its students.

Cream of the Crop

Out of all the Big Data certifications above, Indian companies are likely to prefer CAP and CPEE as these are internationally recognized and rated highly by CIO Magazine for their effectiveness and reach.

A few others, however, will also give you the opportunity to undergo a full-fledged executive program or post-graduate program. Don’t discount the breadth and depth of those programs. You need to make an informed choice depending on the stage of your career and future goals.

So, which certification course are you considering and why? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading!