June 23, 2010

My talk this morning

Netezza’s Enzee Universe conference is now almost over, and I still haven’t figured out what my gig as “conference blogger” entails. More precisely, I’m operating from our unspoken fallback plan, namely “If all else fails, do what you’d do anyway, but do more of it.” For me to live up to that, all Netezza had to do was find interesting things to write about — and as far as I’m concerned, they already did that last Thursday in spades; the five interesting meetings they set up for with users and partners on Tuesday were just gravy.

Another part of the deal was that I’d give a talk this morning at 9:30 am. And when I give talks, I like to put up posts that cover whatever material I haven’t written up before, while also offering the talk’s listeners convenient links to materials I have already covered previously at length.

So anyway:

As I’ve been doing all year, I plan to start the talk with the subject of liberty and privacy. My most recent overview post on privacy and liberty has a bunch of links to what I and other people have said before.

This year’s Enzee Universe keynote speaker was Stephen Baker, author of Numerati. His talk, the only one all week I’ve attended in its entirety (I do intend for mine to be the second one, however 🙂 ) reminded me that some of my ideas had been inspired by his book, specifically the part about sensors in our elderly relatives’ homes tracking every movement, for legitimate reasons of health care and physical safety.

One thing I’m reminded of when talking with users is that they tend to be a bit focused on their projects or areas, and almost never have the opportunity to consider the full range of possibilities open to them. So I’ve put in two slides to raise consciousness on the point.

Then I put together a list of “cool technologies in analytics” people might want to think about, including:

And finally, I listed three “aggravating analytic challenges” in areas where I’m disappointed with the progress of and/or prospects for technology, including:

Posts on Netezza’s announcements around the time of Enzee Universe


3 Responses to “My talk this morning”

  1. Elmari Swart on June 23rd, 2010 9:39 pm

    Exploratory BI – have you seen PowerPivot in Excel 2010 yet?
    The website I included is from an independent dutch blogger who has put the technology through its paces

  2. Flash is coming, well … | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on June 25th, 2010 12:42 pm

    […] tell, that’s one of the two significant roadmap changes between the 2009 and 2010 editions of Enzee Universe. The other one is that the robust form of appliance-to-appliance replication technology is coming […]

  3. Curt Monash on June 28th, 2010 3:06 pm


    I hope to get more current on Microsoft’s products soon.

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