Strata + Hadoop World 2015: What I'm Looking Forward To
This week I will be escaping the frozen tundra of the Northeast and heading out to sunny California for Strata Hadoop World. Aside from the much needed weather relief there are a few reasons I’m particularly excited about attending this conference.
First and foremost is the focus of the conference: Big Data. Although there are many in the industry who believe the term itself is overused, the concept and the applications are still in a state of “discovery” for many organizations. That discovery state makes for a much more collaborative environment at conferences than when dealing with more mature markets.
The topics and presentations range from hands-on training for implementing Hadoop or building predictive R models, to the laws and ethics around open data, to designing front ends and business use cases. It’s the sessions that fall into that last bucket that I’m most interested in attending in order to get a better understanding of how organizations are leveraging data to make an impact internally (A topic I’ve blogged about recently). There are several sessions focused on how organizations are “Monetizing” their data—an area in which Information Builders and our customers excel. If you are attending the conference stop by Rado Kotorov’s session “The Monetization of Big Data: Finding Value and Profit” Thursday afternoon. If you aren’t going to be at the conference, perhaps you’ll be able to make one of the Executive Luncheons that we will be delivering on the topic through March and April – click here to check out the schedule.