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Phil Simon

The Business Case for Big Data

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'Too Big to Ignore' by Phil Simon is a guide to using big data in business. It explains what big data is, why it matters, and how to use it effectively to gain insight and make better decisions.

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    Our changing consumption patterns and plummeting technology costs have led to the growth of “Big Data.”

    Everyone’s talking about Big Data these days, and many companies hire data scientists. But what exactly is Big Data? And why is it spreading now?

    “Big Data” refers to huge data sets that are too large or complex to be dealt with easily. They can’t be processed using basic applications like Microsoft Excel or Access.

    The growth of Big Data has been driven by our changing consumption patterns. Smart phones, cloud computing and broadband connections ensure that we’re constantly consuming and generating data.

    This new, fast and simple access to data ensures that we’re always “on.” Think about it – what’s the first thing you do when your plane lands? Turn on your phone, right?

    After that, you probably check your email, Facebook or Twitter. When you do that, you aren’t just accessing data – you’re creating it. This kind of consumer behavior created Big Data.

    Our consumption patterns have changed because of plummeting technology costs. Technology – especially storage and bandwidth – has become extremely cheap.

    This change really can’t be understated. Modern, inexpensive technology enables and even encourages us to contribute to Big Data. How many TV series would you stream if each episode cost $10 of bandwidth, on top of rental or purchasing fees?

    In 1990, data storage cost $10,000 per GB. By 2010, that figure had fallen to ten cents.

    Affordable technology and Big Data allow for 48 hours of video to be uploaded to YouTube every minute. It allows over 200 billion videos to be viewed each month. Without Big Data, such things wouldn’t be possible. So what are we supposed to do with it?

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    What is Too Big to Ignore about?

    Too Big to Ignore explains why Big Data is tremendously important for your business. It illustrates the ways that Big Data analysis can revolutionize your company, and takes you step by step through the tools you need to harness it. It also looks ahead to our Big Data future.

    Too Big to Ignore Review

    Too Big to Ignore (2012) is an intriguing exploration of Big Data and its impact on businesses, governments, and society as a whole. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It unveils the important role of Big Data in decision-making and highlights the profound changes it brings to various industries and sectors.
    • Through compelling case studies and real-world examples, it demonstrates the power and potential of Big Data in driving innovation and improving businesses.
    • The book effectively conveys complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner, making it an engaging read that ensures you won't find it boring.

    Best quote from Too Big to Ignore

    Big Data only brightens the flashlight, it does not eliminate darkness.

    —Phil Simon
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    Who should read Too Big to Ignore?

    • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship or business
    • Anyone interested in technology
    • Anyone looking to use Big Data in their company

    About the Author

    Phil Simon is a technology consultant, and the author of The Age of the Platform. His work has been featured on NBC, CNBC, ABCin BusinessWeek and The Huffington Post.


    © [Phil Simon: Too Big to Ignore] copyright [2013], John Wiley & Sons [Inc. or Ltd. as applicable] Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons [Inc. or Ltd. as applicable] and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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