Interesting article at Forbes by Dan Woods where he talks to Tasso Argyros from Teradata Aster Data and discussed how to make MapReduce easier to use for business.  A major challenge in the Big Data world today is that the technology is very specialized and hence businesses need people with specific skillsets to utilize things like MapReduce and Hadoop.  Companies like Teradata Aster Data are trying to bridge this by making Big Data usable from technology that businesses already use like SQL.  You can read the full article here: Can MapReduce be Made Easy.