Ideas behind the future and importance of Big Data and the Cloud continue to thrive. Tim O'Reilly has been hammering home the message for some time that data will become the "Intel Inside" of the next generation of lock-in, (most recently in a fabulous keynote at OSBC). Companies like Cloudera are making big bets on the platform architecture of the next wave. And when the Economist starts to dedicate special reports to the topic, you know it's reached a particular threshold in people's minds.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Carolyn Johnston for some time. She's a math geek and lead researcher in the MSN Advanced Engineering team specializing in location data and data quality. She's started blogging last week, and her topics will be both fun and educational. (I've the privilege of seeing early drafts in the pipeline.) If you care about the evolving world of big data in the cloud, I encourage you to give her a read.