Editor’s Pick: Top 10 Posts On Big Data

big dataBig data has been a hot topic here on the Business Innovation blog. In my role as editor, I’ve seen a lot of great content on how it is changing the face of business and the potential challenges confronting those who are just wading into the deep waters of big data.

By far the most popular posts of 2012 were those that addressed the basics. If you’re just getting your feet wet when it comes to big data, you’ll find these top 10 posts a helpful starting point for getting your sea legs.

1. Top 50 ‘#BigData’ Twitter Influencers

Are you connected to the top #BigData influencers on Twitter? This list of who’s who on Twitter compiled by Jen Cohen Crompton makes it easy to join the online conversation.

2. Top 10 News/Blog Sites for Big Data

Stay on top of the latest news and business trends with these recommendations from Jen Cohen Crompton on the top 10 news sites and blogs devoted to big data.

3. Big Data Analysis – What Every CIO Should Know [eBook]

This overview of CIO magazine’s ebook links to an in-depth discussion of big data and its challenges for business leaders who want a deeper dive into the subject.

4. Big Data Terms You Need to Know

Are you new to the conversation about big data? Jen Cohen Crompton defines some basic terminology that will help you follow the discussion.

5. A Beautiful Friendship: Big Data and Social Media

Jen Cohen Crompton makes an important distinction between raw data and the right data – that is, data that drives actions.

6. What Is Hadoop?

Do you know the origins of Hadoop, and how it got its unusual name?  We let you in on the ‘secret’ of this open-source software for handling large volumes of data.

7. Top 6 Tips for Big Data Visualization

Jen Cohen Crompton outlines a fundamental methodology for using data visualization effectively when presenting an analysis of large, complex data sets.

8. Big Data Myths…BUSTED

Jen Cohen Crompton takes on the top three myths about big data and busts them wide open!

9. Big Data Can Mean Big Returns in Retail

Lindsey Nelson explains how new sources of data are giving retailers unprecedented  insight into product sales both offline and in their physical stores.

10. What is MapReduce?

In a companion piece to her popular post on Hadoop (no. 6 above), Jen Cohen Crompton uses a funnel metaphor to explain how MapReduce streamlines processing of large data sets.

Interested in more recommendations?  Check out Editor’s Pick: Top 10 Posts on Analytics. Join me on Twitter (@eagaines) or connect on LinkedIn or Google+.

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