Bill Franks, Teradata chief analytics officer and author of the book, " Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave: Finding Opportunities in Huge Data Streams with Advanced Analytics," said, "Analytic talent is in huge demand today and having this certification can speed the initial screening process by validating that a candidate has the base technical skills. This allows the interviewer to focus on the other critical skills such as business knowledge and communications abilities."
A student certification pilot program conducted in the spring of 2012 involved a small group of undergraduate and graduate students from three universities: Arizona State, Oklahoma State and University of Georgia. All of those who completed the free online training course and the examination had little or no prior expertise with the Teradata Database or the Teradata data warehouse platform. Of those who passed the exam, 80 percent became Teradata Certified Professionals, while 20 percent earned Teradata Certified Associates accreditation.
"The pilot proved online training is sufficient for some students to achieve certification, and the student survey results provided us guidance on how to better prepare students for the Teradata Certification exams. We have already made some changes based on their feedback," said Susan Baxley, Teradata University Network director. "Certification signifies strong knowledge of Teradata and provides students with the foundation for a career path that they can begin while still in college and continue anywhere in the world."
The student certification program is the latest expansion of the Teradata University Network. It is already used by more than 45,000 students around the world majoring in everything from information systems, management or computer science to finance, marketing or accounting.Relevant Links Short slide show, "Can On-line Technical Training Help Companies with Big Analytics?" Video: Executive Board member Ramesh Sharda, Oklahoma State University, provides an overview of Teradata University Network. Learn more about The Data Analytics Teaching Portal Learn more about Teradata Certification About Teradata University Network Led by academics, Teradata University Network is a free, web-based portal that provides teaching and learning tools to faculty and students in data warehousing, business intelligence/decision support systems, and database. Get to know Teradata:Twitter: https://twitter.com/teradatanewsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeradataYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/teradataLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/teradata/products Teradata is a trademark or registered trademark of Teradata Corporation in the United States and other countries.  McKinsey Global Institute, "Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity," May 2011. SOURCE Teradata University Network