Appendix B. Microsoft and “Big Data”

This appendix introduces you to the concept of Big Data and the evolving tools that Microsoft and other vendors are using to harness and extract value from large, growing, and increasingly unstructured sources of information. You will begin to see the role the tools discussed in this book play toward getting value from data. We discuss Big Data with respect to Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Office 2013, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012, which all play a role in getting value from Big Data investments.

We provide instruction for how Microsoft HDInsight integrates with Hadoop (which we’ll introduce and describe a little later in this appendix) to query and visualize data and the difference between open source ...

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