Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2013
Pages: 90

Big data has more disruptive potential than any information technology developed in the past 40 years. As author Jeffrey Needham points out in this revealing book, big data can provide unprecedented visibility into the operational efficiency of enterprises and agencies.

Disruptive Possibilities provides an historically-informed overview through a wide range of topics, from the evolution of commodity supercomputing and the simplicity of big data technology, to the ways conventional clouds differ from Hadoop analytics clouds. This relentlessly innovative form of computing will soon become standard practice for organizations of any size attempting to derive insight from the tsunami of data engulfing them.

Replacing legacy silos—whether they’re infrastructure, organizational, or vendor silos—with a platform-centric perspective is just one of the big stories of big data. To reap maximum value from the myriad forms of data, organizations and vendors will have to adopt highly collaborative habits and methodologies.

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Comments about oreilly Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything:

I was looking forward to this book because of its title. I was under the impression that I was going to find concrete examples on how Big Data has affected and disrupted some industries. The book shows some examples at the end, but in my opinion, it leaves something very important: speed and sophistication. I just came back from Strata 2014, which is why I was looking forward to this book, and when I heard Matei Zaharia's keynote, it was all I needed to know about the current disruption of big data. Nowadays, big data storage is becoming commoditized, so the best value added is speed (how quick you can get the answer of your problem) and sophistication (run the best algorithms on the data). The book doesn't mentioned this but it might be because of its age - things are moving super quick on Big Data.

Some of the things that the book does well:
- Introduces some history about the Big Data problem
- How it affected some of the silos technologies like RDBS
- How they solve the scalability issue

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A lot of insights in just 80 pages

By Michiel van Otegem

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    Comments about oreilly Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything:

    Even though this is just a little book (just 80 pages), it is a very good and insightful read. Jeffrey Needham explains very well what Big Data is and how it differs from "traditional" computing. He effectively shows you need to approach Big Data differently, because the "old school" approach to data just doesn't scale, both in the computing sense and the monetary sense. Because most current IT staff has been brought up with in the RDMBS paradigm, it is often the tool of choice, without thinking about it. This book effectively breaks with that way of thinking, and I would encourage developers, architects, database administrators etc. to read this book to get a sense of perspective. It would greatly help us in not making the mistake of tackling "new world" problems with "old world" solutions. The book is very easy to read, with good examples, funny stories, and insightful comments. There's also a side step into neuro science and the future of supercomputing, which is not only good to know, but interesting in itself.

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