|Data, Data, Everywhere ...|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Tuesday, 08 November 2022|
... and not enough people with the skills to cope with it all. The whole raft of Udacity's data-related Nanodegrees and courses are restarting November 9th and Udacity is currently offering a 75% discount!
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Udacity's 75% discount means that even for a 4-month course you would pay just $399 - the usual "Pay as you go" rate for a single month. The offer applies to all Udacity programs and courses and you'll find all the options by search its Program Catalog but this article looks at some of what on offer in the School of Data Science culminating in the Data Architect Nanodegree, a valuable credential to earn if you want to move into a senior, data-related role responsible for defining the policies, procedures, models and technologies to be used in collecting, organizing, storing and accessing company information.
In this digital age we are collecting data at an unprecented rate. A couple of years ago in Data Scientist or Data Engineer? Choose Your Path On Udacity I quoted the statistic that 2.5 million terrabytes of data are created every day - giving us the problems of how to store, organize and analyze it all.
Referring back that article we can make this distinction between Data Scientists and Data Engineers:
Depending on your starting point you might need to complete two or more Nanodegrees to prepare for either of these roles. If you aspire to be a Data Scientist the prerequisite for embarking on the 4-month Data Scientist Nanodegree is Machine Learning with Intro to Machine Learning with PyTorch being recommended. You might also like to follow up with the Data Visualization Nanodegree, which I covered in detail here.
Prior to embarking on the Data Engineer Nanodegree, the modules for which are listed here you need both Python and SQL skills at intermediate level that can be gained through the Programming for Data Science with Python Nanodegree.
The role of Data Architect can be thought of an an extension of Data Engineer focused on high-level business intelligence relationships and data policies combined with that of a Database Architect so the skills that you need as prerequsites for enrolling in Udacity's Data Architect Nanodegree include intermediate SQL, for which the Learn SQL Nanodegree would help and the basics of ETL/Data Pipelines, for which you might want the Data Streaming Nanodegree as outlined here.
Data Architect Nanodegree is a 4-month program, assuming you devote around 10 hours per week to it as it is self-paced you can reduce or extend the time frame to suit your other commitments.
It overview states:
In this program, you’ll plan, design and implement enterprise data infrastructure solutions and create the blueprints for an organization’s data management system. You’ll create a relational database with PostGreSQL, design an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) data model to build a cloud based data warehouse, and design scalable data lake architecture that meets the needs of Big Data. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply the principles of data governance to an organization’s data management system.
It comprises four courses, each of which is based around a hands-on project:
The skills acquired through this program are already in demand and will be increasingly required in the coming years. Earning this credential is a passport to a well paid job in many different industries.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 November 2022 )|