Big data is the buzz of the day, many talk about it but few have done anything with the technology. In my role as a Solution Architect with the Data Insights Center of Excellence team at Microsoft I have been involved in several projects where we have used big data technologies to solve business problems.
Part of the role is also to be involved in spreading the gained knowledge to the larger community. I have been involved in the creation of a white paper on big data patterns. This work is something that has been driven out of our Patterns & Practices team and hopefully it contains useful information to everyone that is considering a big data solution. You can find the paper here http://aka.ms/pnp-bigdata-guidance