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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK blog! Please join me often to share your thoughts and observations on new analytic platforms, BI and data management. I maintain a vendor-focused practice that uses primary research, briefings, case studies, events and other activities that stimulate ideas as a source for commentary on strategy and execution in the marketplace. I believe the emergence of a new class of analytic platforms, and emerging data management and advanced tools herald a next step in the maturity of information technology, and I'm excited to be present for its emergence. I hope my blog entries will stimulate ideas that will serve both the vendors creating these new solutions and the companies that will improve their business prospects as a result of applying them. Please share your thoughts and input on the topics.



This is a new kind of blog post for me - it's specifically designed to elicit ideas, suggestions and examples for my Big Data Summit (click to register) kickoff on Feb 18th. Consider it an experiment in crowdsourcing from a very smart community (my readers.) No, I'm not a shameless suckup - you know who you are, and you're all pretty darn smart.

We have some great speakers - Amazon, Mobclix and Aster Data - and added sponsors like Informatica, Dell and impetus. So there will be plenty to talk about, including storage, analytics, programming paradigms, etc.

Here's my dilemma: I imagine we'll have newbies as well as more advanced attendees. So I cannot skip the basics like:

  • Store it yourself? Host it elsewhere? Move it and process, then return it?
  • DB or not DB? (subcategory: SQL or NoSQL?) and, a corollary:
  • Where should analytics be done? Inside or outside a DBMS?
  • Where are the resources to learn more?
  • Who are the providers of key technologies?

This may take my 30 minutes and I'd hardly scratch the surface. But maybe I can blast through it fast and get to some other issues. What would you want to hear if you were there? Or if you're involved in projects and have learned some lessons you think the world should know, what would they be? I'd be grateful for any input my readers have to offer. Feel free to send me links, experiences, interesting use cases you've seen or participated in. Put them in the comments below.

Posted February 1, 2010 12:04 PM
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