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Big Data and Analytics Learning Resources That Business People Can Understand
April 27, 2016 News

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You’ve already found one of the best places to get the scoop on analytics. Several Forbes contributors specialize in analytics and have hands-on data analysis experience. These include Piyanka Jain, Author of Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analytics to Turn Data into Profitable Insight, Bernard Marr, Author of Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance, and yes, me, Meta S. Brown, Author of Data Mining for Dummies.

You will also find information about analytics woven into a wide variety of other topics. Contributor Gil Press writes about “technology, entrepreneurs and innovation,” a tag line that might not scream “analytics” to you, but take a look at his headlines and you’ll see that it has everything to do with analytics. Press’ column is a particularly good source for analytics education, because his material is well-researched and well-organized. Also look for analytics angles from authors such as enterprise computing expert Louis Columbus (CIOs Are Prioritizing Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing And Security In 2016/2017 Budget Cycles), media business expert Ana Seave (Elsevier CEO Using Unique Data Sets And Analytic Processes To Maintain Competitive Edge), policy expert Kalev Leetaru (Is The Era Of Social Media Analytics Coming To An End?) and a personal favorite, weather expert Marshall Shepard (The Death To One Of The Most Abused Questions Ever: Was That Caused By Climate Change?).

All The Analytics News That’s Fit To Print

If you overhear people arguing about analytics during a coffee break or drinks after work, chances are the conversation started with an article published in The New York Times. You won’t find an analytics section, or even a column, here, but analytics angles are woven into business, science and political news on a daily basis. If you want to keep up with the analytics buzz in the business world, you simply have to read it. Get started right now with this weekend’s Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues by Matt Apuzzo.

[The New York Times is the only one of the resources mentioned here that has a paywall. I pay and it’s worth every penny. If you’re too broke or too stubborn to pay, you can still get it at your library.

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