Week 2, Day 1
Theme: Big Data Practitioners
Welcome to the start of the second week of our 8 week exploration of the world of analytics. Over the next 5 days we are going to explore big data and how it is being used in a variety of businesses. Today we will look at the closely allied world's of big data and cloud computing.
READ Today's task: Big Data: The Next Frontier 1Mb
McKinsey Global Institute, 'Big Data: The Next Frontier for innovation,
competition, and productivity', May 2011.
Key takeout: Not all frontiers are equal and value in your industry may be more
challenging than in some of the examples you will hear about during this course.
I recommend you also read the full report (1.9MB) online here.
READ For extra credit: Cloud Computing Introduction 600KB
30 minutes (if you skip the notes)
University of California at Berkeley, 'Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of
Cloud Computing', by members of the Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems
Laboratory, February 2009.
Key takeout: The cloud is nothing new - but the rise of the internet and other
technologies has radically changed the economics and the skills needed to exploit it.
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