I’m new to Big Data.  However, I’ve been to the last two Big Data Bellevue Meetup.com – in attempt to get up to speed.  The one item that both meetings had in common was R.  If you are looking to get started, you should start reading about Hadoop and move on to R.

Here’s the latest news with regard to R at Microsoft

Microsoft announced at the end of last month that it was acquiring Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software and services for the open source R programming language. R is focused on statistical computing and predictive analytics, which will be key to enabling Microsoft to offer customers the kinds of tools they need to make sense of data–big and otherwise.

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A Big Deal for Big Data? Microsoft, R and You
Feb 3, 2015, Deb Donston-Miller | SQL Server Pro: http://bit.ly/1yHIkrC