DW613G – IBM BigInsights Foundation

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This course provides a foundation of IBM BigInsights through two separate modules: IBM BigInsights Overview and IBM Open Platform with Apache Hadoop.

In the first module, students will cover IBM BigInsights as a platform for managing and gaining insights from your big data, as well as value-add tools including Big SQL, BigSheets, and Big R.

In the second module, students will gain an in-depth introduction to the main components of the ODP core - namely Apache Hadoop (inclusive of HDFS, YARN, and MapReduce) and Apache Ambari.

Course Length: 3 day(s)

Course Price: $2655 CAD

Available Course Formats:

  • In-class
  • Instructor Led Online
  • Self-Paced Virtual Classroom

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Course: DW613G – IBM BigInsights Foundation

Module 1 (DW6A1)

Unit 1: Introduction to Big Data

  • Exercise 1: Setting up the lab environment

Unit 2: Introduction to IBM BigInsights

  • Exercise 2: Getting started with IBM BigInsights

Unit 3: IBM BigInsights for Analysts

  • Exercise 3: Working with Big SQL and BigSheets

Unit 4: IBM BigInsights for Data Scientist

  • Exercise 4: Analyzing data with Big R, Jaql, and AQL

Unit 5: IBM BigInsights for Enterprise Management

Module 2 (DW6B1)

Unit 1: IBM Open Platform with Apache Hadoop

  • Exercise 1: Exploring the HDFS

Unit 2: Apache Ambari

  • Exercise 2: Managing Hadoop clusters with Apache Ambari

Unit 3: Hadoop Distributed File System

  • Exercise 3: File access & basic commands with HDFS

Unit 4: MapReduce and Yarn

  • Topic 1: Introduction to MapReduce based on MR1
  • Topic 2: Limitations of MR1
  • Topic 3: YARN and MR2
  • Exercise 4: Creating and coding a simple MapReduce job (Possibly a more complex second Exercise)

Unit 5: Apache Spark

  • Exercise 5: Working with Spark's RDD to a Spark job

Unit 6: Coordination, management, and governance

  • Exercise 6: Apache ZooKeeper, Apache Slider, Apache Knox

Unit 7: Data Movement

  • Exercise 7: Moving data into Hadoop with Flume and Sqoop

Unit 8: Storing and Accessing Data

  • Topic 1: Representing Data: CSV, XML, JSON, and YAML
  • Topic 2: Open Source Programming Languages: Pig, Hive, and Other [R, Python, etc]
  • Topic 3: NoSQL Concepts
  • Topic 4: Accessing Hadoop data using Hive
  • Exercise 8: Performing CRUD operations using the HBase shell
  • Topic 5: Querying Hadoop data using Hive
  • Exercise 9: Using Hive to Access Hadoop / HBase Data

Unit 9: Advanced Topics

  • Topic 1: Controlling job workflows with Oozie
  • Topic 2: Search using Apache Solr


This intermediate training course is for those who want a foundation of IBM BigInsights.


There are no pre-requisites for this course but knowledge of Linux would be beneficial.

Instructor Led In Classroom

Newcomp can directly deliver  IBM Business Analytics courses for Business Intelligence, Performance Management, and IBM Advanced Analytics through the use of in-class training facilities.

Currently,  in-class courses are offered in Markham, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, and Edmonton. Please note that classes can be added to new areas based on demand.

Instructor Led Online

Students receive the same quality as an in-class course, with a live instructor and the ability to participate in hands-on labs through real-life examples

ILOs help cut costs by reducing time and travel as they can be taken from home or the office and require only the use of a computer, high-speed wired internet and a headset.

Self Paced

Students can receive the same high-quality training, with the same courseware at their own speed and schedule with SPVC.  Individuals with busy schedules can complete a course over a 30-day timeframe at a lower price than in-class or ILO courses. Please note that there is no live interaction with an instructor in this format.