Yesterday we talked about the role of data, analytics, people and machines being increasingly connected. Today we really drilled down into the opportunities that arise because of those connections, and how our customers are taking advantage of them.
Many of our sessions this morning were led by great customers doing even greater things with our products and solutions. Retail companies, manufacturers, financial institutions, healthcare institutions, travel and hospitality-based organizations, and state and local government agencies were out in full force and well represented. Following a Birds-of-a-Feather luncheon in which like-minded individuals from various industries and services mixed and mingled, it was back to learning in our sessions dedicated to BI and analytics, data management, and getting down to the fundamentals. This afternoon also saw presentations from analysts Boris Evelson, Forrester Research; Mark Smith and David Menninger, Ventana Research; and Wayne Eckerson, Eckerson Group.