TDWI Conference in Chicago: The BI-cycle Still Running

Recently, I attended the TDWI Conference in Chicago. This conference was a great opportunity to learn insights from the people who are involved in the industry.

In each conference, it’s always interesting to see how the BI sector has matured. The interest in gaining more and more control and improvement in the BI terrain is still a growing process. I’m glad to know there is still a lot to say and do in the data management space.
I also had the opportunity to talk to really interesting people about the software they represent. Below are summaries of these conversations:

First, I talked to Jeremy Lovett and Gregory Smith from Datanomic, a company founded in 2001 in Cambridge, UK. Datanomic offers a fully integrated enterprise data quality data management software product called dn:Director. dn:Director can help companies discover data problems with any type of application and establishes the actions to correct them. This product can fit very well in the BI life cycle process because it can address data quality issues and problems in a fast manner, as well as it creates and publishes metrics for monitoring, and encourages data quality improvement. It seems that Datanomic has an interesting product on its hands.

I had the opportunity to talk to Alan Winters from Corda, which I haven’t done before. Corda has developed a set of products for data visualization purposes: Centerview, Popchart, and Optimap are interesting products that enable organizations to handle its data visualization tasks as part of the BI life cycle. Mr. Winters gave me an overview of Corda’s set of products and shared  some insight concerning Corda’s deployed and successful solutions. The interesting thing about Corda’s solutions is its neat relation between its ease-of-use set of tools and its graphic quality. For example, if you are a vendor and you have a data management software solution, Corda has a very interesting OEM and ASP program that will enable you to take advantage of its solutions that provide decision-making capabilities for your own products.

I talked to Mr. Seán Jackson from Kognitio. We spoke about Kognitio WX2 analytical database and some ideas behind its business cycle. One of these ideas behind Kognitio WX2 analytical database is that it can be deployed differently, depending on the customer’s needs; it can be based on software licenses, as part of a data warehouse appliance, or as a data warehousing as a service (DaaS), which can give customers the possibility of using data warehouse services on demand and avoiding all the human, software, and hardware costs behind traditional on- premise deployments.
I also want to mention that I talked to Douglas Chope from MicroStrategy, Mike Boyarsky from JasperSoft, and Peter D. Benesh from Syncsort.

This year, it looks like we will see a strong influence from related technologies in the BI space and in the general data management business, especially from the cloud computing area.   Software as a service (SaaS) options will be provided in every step of the BI process, more social media features will be incorporated in a BI solution and, of course, a big influence will be coming from mobile technologies. Many BI vendors are reinforcing their BI capabilities for mobile technologies. We will also see more work coming from analytical databases and data warehouse solutions to enhance the management of more data volumes and in-memory analysis technologies.

I welcome your thoughts—please leave a comment below, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
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