This past week I spoke at and attended the Strata+Hadoop World event in San Jose California I arrived on Wednesday and went straight to the conference to check out what was happening.. It was the first day of the event and so many all day training sessions were already running. Flying in from the east coast I didn’t arrive until about noon. So I checked out the venue and went by speaker registration and got my badge and lanyard.
It was interesting to see the variety of people and conversations that I got pulled into throughout the day.
The next day I arrived early to meet some friends and sit together for the keynote I though the cameo from President Obama was a pretty nice touch He was there to support Dr. DJ Patil (his new Chief Data Scientist) during his keynote address to the audience on Day 1 of the event.
Other keynotes were pretty well received. The format of a group of shorter individual keynotes provides more conversation starters for the day, but also tends to feel a little like “how many sponsors can we cram on stage?”. As you would imagine, some were better than others. Once we broke from the keynotes I got some time to catch up with some specific people I wanted to meet and network with and had some great conversations about how we are thinking about the future of our fields. I’m guessing that’s what the organizers love seeing happen!
Right after lunch was my session. I had the second half of a two part session in the Business and Industry track Right before me, Vijay Subramanian presenting an interesting session on how his firm Rent the Runway is democratizing the designer clothing industry using data and analytics to drive their processes and decisions. Pretty cool stuff. I already emailed the site to my wife!
Then it was my turn and I jumped in to talk about how Pragmatic Works has been changing the way retailers work throughout their supply chain to apply analytics and find the opportunities for really boosting profitability. The session went well and I had a nice group of conversations afterwards for people looking to find out more information about how we might be able to help them.
That evening I missed the Data after Dark event to have dinner with a friend who works with me in another data organization (PASS) so we could talk about the exciting things we have going on there, Like our upcoming Business Analytics Conference in April!
I enjoyed the event. I hated to only be there for part of it, but I still got a lot out of it. The expo was busy and had a lot of good vendors in there. I’m looking forward to hopefuly being a part of it again next year