DataStax : developers bemoan lack of NoSQL skills

DataStax has run a survey with developers worldwide — of 273 responses, only eight per cent of those surveyed thought that there were enough skilled people available to meet demand from companies for skills around NoSQL.

The firm itself is a provider of database software for cloud applications.

According to the research, Cassandra has gone from being a new database option into being critical to those surveyed within their roles. Nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed stated Cassandra was not viewed as critical only six months ago, yet it is viewed as critical to the business by 73 per cent of respondents today.

The survey suggests (DataStax would say confirms) the presence of a massive skills gap in the database industry and highlights the increasing need for skills in managing and implementing Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise (DSE) within engineering, administrator and architect job function.

“As today’s modern applications drive new data management requirements, it’s clear through the survey results that the expertise and skills required for today’s developers, administrators and architects is also changing,” said Christian Hasker, director of DataStax Academy at DataStax.

“DataStax Academy helps address the widespread adoption of Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise, as well as the increasing importance placed on NoSQL expertise, by offering free self-paced courses and removing costly training programs as an obstacle to learning,” said Hasker.

According to Gartner, skills shortages remain a challenge and searches for ‘qualified data scientists’ have become project impediments.