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Excellent high level book about Big Data and the struggles that occur
on May 10, 2013
For anyone looking for a great primer on Big Data and the concerns that surround it, this is the book for you. I would highly recommend for business analysts and managers, including c-level execs. Mayer-Schonberger does a great job on identifying the key issues around Big Data and offering his opinion and insights on how we should move forward.
The only reason why I did not give this a five-star review is that the beginning starts off a bit slow and then the book hits it's stride about midway through. Truthfully, this would be a solid 4 1/2 star review, if Amazon allowed. If you can be patient through the first few chapters, you will not be disappointed. However, if you are completely new to the Big Data revolution, this books would make my top five list of must-reads to get your mind around the phenomenon. The first few chapters do a great job setting the stage.
To the initiated in Big Data, there are some fantastic arguments and well thought out opinions on how the industry should proceed as a whole. Frankly, I know I am wiser and have a more rounded understanding after reading. Should make any Big Data person's bookshelf.
(Just in case the author ever reads this review - I appreciate that you wrote this book for a broad audience. I would love to read some material written by you that is more focused on the issues surrounding Big Data. As an example, I think you could do a great job of writing a book simply on the ethics of data and our responsibilities as data stewards)