Price pens new book on big data

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pike County Board of Education member and Troy University’s Chief Technology and Security Officer has a new book on store shelves.

Greg Price examined the problem of “big data” in his Thomson-Reuters published work, “Addressing the Big Data Issue.”

While the topic isn’t one the average person considers on a daily basis, the problem of big data does affect the whole population. The collection of large data muddies the water and makes it harder to find what is needed in a see of sometimes outdated, unorganized and overcollected information.

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Price’s book takes an in-depth look at how large quantities of data is confronted and the obstacles that come with designing an environment for that data. Price even discusses potential downsides of large data projects.

“In a constantly evolving landscape where every conceivable piece of data is collected, stored and has potential for application, there are a myriad of issues associated with data growth,” Price said, noting that there are a variety of tools and practices available to try and manage that data.

As part of the book, Price explores a strategic plan for transitioning the culture to embrace “big data” processes and the essential take-aways for information technology managers.

“A major goal of the work is to illustrate the business benefit to centralized data management, the power of information-based decisions and the ability to erase the delay effects of time and distance in a properly designed electronic environment,” Price said.

Price’s book was co-authored by Dan Hoogterp, a senior vice president and chief technology officer at Bankrate, Inc. Other titles by Mr. Price include “Thieves of Innocence,” “Aligning Technology with Business Objectives,” and “AIX Journaled File Systems Administration.”

Price’s new book is available at and Barnes and Noble.