Big Data & Analytics for Dummies, Cisco Systems Special Edition, is a guide to the rapidly evolving fields of big data management and data science. Big data has moved from a problem faced by a handful of large, data-intensive organizations to a common business problem. Big data is different from related domains, requiring new technologies needed to manage and exploit it. Statistics, machine learning, and data mining are important sets of technologies that enable a new field of data science, delivering analytic services to the enterprise. You don't need a history of related domains to make sense of big data and analytics.