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Beginning Big Data with Power BI and Excel 2013 by Neil Dunlop

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CHAPTER 1

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Big Data

The goal of business today is to unlock intelligence stored in data. We are seeing a confluence of trends leading to an exponential increase in available data, including cheap storage and the availability of sensors to collect data. Also, the Internet of Things, in which objects interact with other objects, will generate vast amounts of data.

Organizations are trying to extract intelligence from unstructured data. They are striving to break down the divisions between silos. Big data and NoSQL tools are being used to analyze this avalanche of data.

Big data has many definitions, but the bottom line involves extracting insights ...

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