Data. Why is such an often overly uttered word one of the most puzzling and difficult to understand, Forbes reports?

According to a recent Gartner survey, “64 percent of organizations have invested or plan to invest in Big Data in 2013.” Paradoxically, according to The Global Language Monitor, “Big Data” heads the 2012 list as the most confusing buzzword of the decade so far.

Perform a search on “What is Big Data?” and Google will return more than 1.8 billion results. Looking for answers? You have to dig deep.

To begin to understand Big Data, it is helpful to understand where the term...

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