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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422168166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422168165
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ADVANCE PRAISE for "Big Data at Work"

Jane Griffin, Managing Director Analytics, Deloitte Canada and Americas--
""Big Data at Work" is the first and only book to describe how real organizations are using big data, extracting value from it, and combining it with other forms of data and analytics. It's an invaluable guide to planning and action."

Jonathan D. Becher, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP--
"Is Big Data a buzzword or does it have practical applications in business? "Big Data at Work" goes beyond tech-talk to help businesspeople turn Big Data into Big Decisions."

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School--
""Big Data at Work" provides a terrific foundation for thoughtful planning to exploit the business opportunities created by diverse and vast sources of information. Davenport's clear approach will enlighten managers about the need to carefully mine these resources to improve operations and products while driving new and competitive strategies."

Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks--
"Thomas Davenport has supplied a smart, practical book for anyone looking to unlock the opportunities--and avoid the pitfalls--of big data."

Adele K. Sweetwood, Vice President, Americas Marketing & Support, SAS--
"Conversational, engaging, and an exceptional guide for decision making in the big data world. "Big Data at Work" offers insight to the business and technology components of a big data strategy, a path to success, and best practices from across industry sectors."


"It's a required reading for managers that need a straightforward, hype-free introduction to big data, a clear and clarifying "signal" in the incredible noise around the confusing and mislabeled term." -- "Forbes"
"Davenport has written a thought-provoking book about a current topic that is becoming more important to business and individuals every day. Summed up: Highly recommended." -- "Choice" magazine
"The book covers all aspects of the issue, from what big data means, to whom you must hire, to what technologies to follow. It's surprisingly easy to read, given the topic, and offers good examples to ponder from startups and large firm." -- "Globe & Mail"
"Davenport is a methodologically-sound researcher. His deep interviews and surveys of executives and data scientists set a standard for excellence in an industry where marketing bravado generally supersedes scientific rigor" -- Information Management (information-management.com)
ADVANCE PRAISE for "Big Data at Work"
Jane Griffin, Managing Director Analytics, Deloitte Canada and Americas--
""Big Data at Work" is the first and only book to describe how real organizations are using big data, extracting value from it, and combining it with other forms of data and analytics. It's an invaluable guide to planning and action."
Jonathan D. Becher, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP--
"Is Big Data a buzzword or does it have practical applications in business? "Big Data at Work" goes beyond tech-talk to help businesspeople turn Big Data into Big Decisions."
Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School--
""Big Data at Work" provides a terrific foundation for thoughtful planning to exploit the business opportunities created by diverse and vast sources of information. Davenport's clear approach will enlighten managers about the need to carefully mine these resources to improve operations and products while driving new and competitive strategies."
Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks--
"Thomas Davenport has supplied a smart, practical book for anyone looking to unlock the opportunities--and avoid the pitfalls--of big data."
Adele K. Sweetwood, Vice President, Americas Marketing & Support, SAS--
"Conversational, engaging, and an exceptional guide for decision making in the big data world. "Big Data at Work" offers insight to the business and technology components of a big data strategy, a path to success, and best practices from across industry sectors."


It s a required reading for managers that need a straightforward, hype-free introduction to big data, a clear and clarifying signal in the incredible noise around the confusing and mislabeled term. "Forbes"
Davenport has written a thought-provoking book about a current topic that is becoming more important to business and individuals every day. Summed up: Highly recommended. "Choice" magazine
The book covers all aspects of the issue, from what big data means, to whom you must hire, to what technologies to follow. It s surprisingly easy to read, given the topic, and offers good examples to ponder from startups and large firm. "Globe & Mail"
Davenport is a methodologically-sound researcher. His deep interviews and surveys of executives and data scientists set a standard for excellence in an industry where marketing bravado generally supersedes scientific rigor Information Management (information-management.com)
ADVANCE PRAISE for "Big Data at Work"
Jane Griffin, Managing Director Analytics, Deloitte Canada and Americas
"Big Data at Work" is the first and only book to describe how real organizations are using big data, extracting value from it, and combining it with other forms of data and analytics. It s an invaluable guide to planning and action.
Jonathan D. Becher, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP
Is Big Data a buzzword or does it have practical applications in business? "Big Data at Work" goes beyond tech-talk to help businesspeople turn Big Data into Big Decisions.
Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"Big Data at Work" provides a terrific foundation for thoughtful planning to exploit the business opportunities created by diverse and vast sources of information. Davenport s clear approach will enlighten managers about the need to carefully mine these resources to improve operations and products while driving new and competitive strategies.
Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks
Thomas Davenport has supplied a smart, practical book for anyone looking to unlock the opportunitiesand avoid the pitfallsof big data.
Adele K. Sweetwood, Vice President, Americas Marketing & Support, SAS
Conversational, engaging, and an exceptional guide for decision making in the big data world. "Big Data at Work" offers insight to the business and technology components of a big data strategy, a path to success, and best practices from across industry sectors.
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About the Author

Thomas H. Davenport is a world-renowned thought leader on business analytics and big data, translating important technological trends into new and revitalized management practices that demonstrate the value of analytics to all functions of an organization. He is the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, cofounder and Director of Research at the International Institute for Analytics, and a senior adviser to Deloitte Analytics. Davenport is the author or coauthor of seventeen books, including the bestselling Competing on Analytics, as well as the author of dozens of articles for Harvard Business Review.


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Over the years, I have read and reviewed all of Thomas Davenport's previously published books as well as most of his articles and again acknowledge my substantial debt to him for all that he has helped me to understand -- or to understand much better -- in terms of the major issues, perils, and opportunities that business leaders have had to address during the last 12-15 years. His work in recent years has been especially valuable to me and countless others. More specifically, the information, insights, and counsel he has provided in Competing on Analytics (2007), co-authored with Jeanne Harris; Analytics at Work (2010), co-authored with Harris and Robert Morrison; Judgment Calls (2012), co-authored with Brooke Manville; Keeping Up with the Quants (2013), co-authored with Jinho Kim; and now Big Data @ Work (2014).

I agree with him: "Big data is here to stay and of substantial importance to many organizations. [Therefore] organizations and managers ignore it at their peril." It is also true that a number of myths about big data have developed, in part because of confusion about the term. As Davenport explains, "First, there is the issue that [begin italics] big [end italics] is only one aspect of what's distinctive about new forms of data, and for many organizations, it's not the most important characteristic...The term [begin italics] big [end italics] is obviously relative -- what's big today won't be so large tomorrow [and] what's big to one organization is small to another...but the only real way in which 'size matters' with data is in the amount of hardware you will have to buy to store and process it...
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The book offers plenty of examples for big data usage, and it does a good job of selling the ideas. There is, however, quite a lot of repetition. LinkedIn PYMK features quite a lot. I didn't like the plugs for THD's other book.

I think this may be a good book for senior managers who want to learn a few big data concepts.
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Well-written book - with good chapter structure and useful content.
There are several good books available about Big Data - this is one of them.
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Probably the best book about big data at this time.
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Looks great Book
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