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Starting my journey in learning about Big Data

In my quest to identify the key players in the Big Data space, I investigated the Gartner Magic quadrant for web analytics

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics
Gartner Magic Quadrant for web analytics

I then looked into courses that would help me learn about the field. IBM’s Big data university provided some great tutorials and I have already earned a few badges after passing the online learning tests.

The great thing about the course was that you could easily setup VMware to try out and play with the product and solutions that IBM provide.

The next really good industry resource that I stumbled upon was this video Elephant Riders where some of the key Big Data players debate about the relevance of Hadoop. The key companies present in the panel were MapR, Cloudera, HortonWorks and Continuity. The video is worth watching just to see the Elephant bouncing on the trampoline.

Overall this is a great to start to my journey in learning and investigating more about Big Data.



I come from a background where I have built up and run as successful marketing agency. I am now interested in looking at new more innovative approaches, particularly in the area of Big Data, Business Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence and Statistics.

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