“Big Data” is almost as revered as the “cloud” when it comes to hot buzzwords. What is it and how can it be truly exploited? Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge asks CTOvision.com editor-in-chief Bob Gourley to size up Big Data. Gourley enjoyed a long career as a naval intelligence officer, served as CTO for the Defense Intelligence Agency and was a senior executive at Northrup Grumman and TRW.

Bob is uniquely qualified to speak about Big Data given his career has been dedicated to protecting it. Bob emphasizes the value of Hadoop and its vital importance to delivering on the promise of Big Data. Hadoop is the open source library of software programs for processing vast amounts of distributed data.

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