Big Data's demand and effectiveness are at stratospheric levels in the industry at the moment. While many top-tier companies have gorged over the benefits, Big Data's effectiveness has been a testament of its clinical open-source framework, Hadoop. Scalability, courtesy being able to store and distribute gigantic data sets over scores of servers running simultaneously. Cost-effectiveness, courtesy costing at just hundreds of dollars per terabyte. Fluid, courtesy being able to access multiple data sets and read both structured and unstructured data to derive insights and value from that data. Zero risk of failure, courtesy the feature of data replication across clusters during operations. The list goes on, Hadoop is hot and professionals trained in Hadoop and Big Data implementations have the highest demand opening doors to gazillion opportunities.


IBM InfoSphere's Datastage is among the most prominent ETL tools used today. Available in multiple editions, Datastage helps efficiently construct data integration solutions while being known for swift development and substantially decreased maintenance costs with its GUI tools. Driven by a single interface to integrate various applications, Datastage helps professionals work according to their preferences making it incredibly user-friendly while reducing training requirements. Along with these features, Datastage is also known to perform efficiently on both Windows as well as Unix servers. Perhaps the most striking feature is its seamless integration with high-end products which are interfaced with the likes of Oracle, SAP and Teradata which makes it a critical tool. Expertise in Datastage is considered a critical career asset and a highly marketable one for major companies.


A relational database management system that has a proven track record of scalability which is impeccable and close to unlimited, parallel access with quick sorting and analysis. Teradata is also known for its advanced optimizer which handles even the most advanced of queries. Add to that the low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) due to ease of development, maintenance and administration and you have a fruitful solution to relational database management.


Informatica ETL(Extract, Transform, Load) has evolved as the numero uno in data integration and data quality services. Informatica ETL's staggering success had been often credited to its use of lean integration which is a practice by companies to avoid redundancy. Some of the other reasons behind Informatica ETL's success include simple training and availability of tools which is a bonus for large companies as availability is critical for swift and seamless operation. Another key feature of Informatica is the internal scheduler which makes matters easy for companies as they do not have to go through the ordeal of looking for third-party schedulers.

Ab Initio

Ab Initio is among the common data processing platforms which has been used extensively for data warehousing, data movement and analytics. The platform also provides tight integration of data sources while providing comprehensive metadata control. Ab Initio is well known for having solved the most technicallycomplex of scenarios in multiple sectors that include finance, insurance, e-commerce, retail as well as healthcare. Apart from the above, Ab Initio also provides multiple parallelism mechanisms that certify it as effective and robust. 


Pentaho's Business Analytics Suite has been consistently providing data integration, mining and more. Pentaho has been considered quintessential by scores of major companies courtesy its low cost of infrastructure as well as time take for tight-knit integration as compared to other BI tools. The suite is also known for brilliant scalability, being able to deal with large pools of data that amount to treasure troves of terabytes. Add to that the 24/7 support community along with countless data sources and visualizations which makes Pentaho a go-to suite for BI while professionals with exposure to Pentaho are having amazing prospects in the industry today. 


A household term in relational database management, SQL is the first choice of any user or organization when it comes to effective communication with a database. The popularity and use of SQL is courtesy its query set to retrieve large sets of data swiftly, established standards which are being followed and implemented by the likes of ANSI and bare-minimum coding to manage database systems. SQL is considered an important tool to this day being used everywhere by the second while consultants and professionals with a vice grip on SQL are still a hot commodity in the industry.

Microsoft Business Intelligence

Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) helps analyze complex enterprise-level data and stats to deliver decision-critical sharable data that provides critical insights which are highly valuable for large corporations. The software helps proved server-based solutions to generate, control and deliver traditional, interactive and web-based reports. The in-built data storage and SQL package helps create a platform to gather data from even the most complex of sources in order to present them in the form of critical, readable data. Since BI requirement is on the rise in the industry, consultants trained in Microsoft BI are often offered jobs and are sure to have a career with the skills possessed.