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Data Explained

by Simon Allardice

We all work with data — but often don’t consider the big picture around it. In this fast-paced, practical introduction, quickly get up to speed on multiple ideas, tools and technologies around “data” in the business world today.

What you'll learn

These days, every business role needs to understand the core ideas, tools and technologies their organizations rely on. This course is a fast-paced, practical, and pragmatic introduction to multiple ways to work with (and think about) data. First, we’ll quickly see how “data” differs from other terms like “information”, “knowledge” — or even “wisdom”. Next, we’ll get clear on the most important jargon and terminology, including “Big Data”, data silos and data warehouses, working with structured and unstructured data, and more. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll recognize the various — and sometimes unpredictable — ways that data can add value to your product, team, or organization.

About the author

Simon is Creative Director and Principal Author at Pluralsight. With over three decades of software development experience, he's programmed in every discipline: from finance to transportation, nuclear reactors to game development. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Simon was the principal developer author at His first video course released back in 2002: since then, his popular courses have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of developers. His current focus is both on the new — the latest... more

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