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This is amazing - about 300 pages on new technologies, written just like a novel, with long paragraphs, few bullet lists, no formula, no maths. Not sure what the target audience is. Their sections on analytics are just like narration, you'd be better off doing a search on Wikipedia to learn about big data analytics if you are truly a dummy.  I've found their two chapters on Hadoop (chapter 9 and 10) to be very interesting though, I even learned new stuff.

Here's the book description, from Amazon

Big data management is one of the major challenges facing business, industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Data sets such as customer transactions for a mega-retailer, weather patterns monitored by meteorologists, or social network activity can quickly outpace the capacity of traditional data management tools. If you need to develop or manage big data solutions, you'll appreciate how these four experts define, explain, and guide you through this new and often confusing concept. You'll learn what it is, why it matters, and how to choose and implement solutions that work.

  • Effectively managing big data is an issue of growing importance to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government, and IT professionals
  • Authors are experts in information management, big data, and a variety of solutions
  • Explains big data in detail and discusses how to select and implement a solution, security concerns to consider, data storage and presentation issues, analytics, and much more
  • Provides essential information in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand style that is empowering

Big Data For Dummies cuts through the confusion and helps you take charge of big data solutions for your organization.

Check out this book on Amazon.

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