I have just completed reading the book, “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think” by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier.
When I first heard about Big Data, some years back, I thought it was just a
technology to keep terabytes of data in physical storage and extract the data quickly. When Hadoop arrives and stories of big players like Amazon and Google who started their own implementations for handling enormous data, I became fascinated and more than that confused with concepts and technologies related to big data. This is because technically the Big Data implementation is different from each other and also the design paradigm is very much different from the RDBMS world that I’m accustomed to.
After reading the book “Big Data”, I have now a fairly clear picture on this emerging concept and in a better position to move further about this exciting concept.
The authors have presented the concepts with ample examples. There are ten chapters in the book that start with ‘Now’ and end with ‘Next’ and discuss concepts, values, risks involved in it and control of big data in between the starting and ending chapters. The chapter heading is atomic! (yes, single word, that give a clue on what underlies in the chapter).
This is not a technical book and the authors tried to explain Big Data in simple words with adequate examples so that anyone interested in the subject from a non-technical background also can easily get an idea. The subtitle of the book also summarize the Big Data concept as ‘A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think’
The takeaway for me, after reading this book is, data is everywhere, and we eat, live, and drink data. Data is a gold mine and when we dig deep and explore that mine, we will get precious information and insight that will transform the world around us.