My journey in Big Data started back in 2012 in one of our unit meetings. Ranjan Bhattacharjee (our boss) threw in some food for thought with his questions: “Do you guys know Big Data? What do you think about it?” That was the first time I heard the phrase “Big Data.” His inspirational speech on Big Data, Hadoop, and future trends in the industry, triggered the passion for learning something new in a few of us.

Now we are seeing results from a historic collaboration between open source and proprietary products in the form of Microsoft HDInsight. Microsoft and Apache have joined hands in an effort to make Hadoop available on Windows, and HDInsight is the result. I am a big fan of such integration. I strongly believe that the future ...

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