The competitive value hidden in Big Data is becoming one of the most crucial discussions in the boardroom.
Whoa! There was a big crowd at EMC - Greenplum’s first edition of the Data Science Series 2012 tour at the Hospital Club in London on February 8 last. Over 200 attendees from all over the world spent the day submerged in the fascinating world of big data analytics. An impressive line-up of the world’s leading speakers on big data took the stage to share their inspiring vision and practical insights.
“We knew big data is hot, but this turnout proves the time is right to start the debate on how businesses can leverage big data’s enormous potential in ways that go beyond what we ever believed possible,” said Philippe Gosseye EMEA Business Development Director at EMC – Greenplum and initiator of the Big Data Series.
Big names inspiring big time
Each of the speakers addressed big data from their own particular field of expertise. Professor Marcus du Sautoy started by entertaining the audience with the puzzling world of maths and discovering patterns in apparent chaos. Sean Gourley, co-founder and CTO of Quid talked about how patterns in big data can be used to predict conflicts around the world and innovation opportunities in the market.
Last speaker before the break was Mark Sear, Chief Data Scientist at EMC - Greenplum and also head of its Catalytics & Catalab Partner Program. He shed some light on how EMC – Greenplum, together with partners such as BlackSwan and SearchScience, make their client’s data work for them.
After the break, Professor Nigel Shadbolt showed the amazing opportunities that can arise when governments open their data to the public, but also pointed out the risks involved. Steven Hilton, Chief Product Officer at Alpine, explored the profile competencies of the ideal data scientist.
At lunch you could sense the vibe of excitement in the air. Stomachs filled, ideas and business cards exchanged we sat down for Matt Bagwell, Global Creative Director at EMC Consulting who gave a high-speed talk about the importance of visualization and storytelling when interacting with the end-user of that data. After a short intermezzo on the big data tool set, Peter Hinssen delivered the closing keynote with a clear message that, for today’s businesses, big data is all about having the capacity to turn it into something relevant. Consequently, we should also focus on the context.
And it’ll get bigger…
Big Data Series 2012 in London was the kick-off for a series of events that will take place soon in the world’s business capitals, such as Moscow and Dubai. It’s the start of a community where information about the future of big data analytics will be shared. Where CFOs and CMOs as well as CIOs and data scientists can find inspiration to start working with the resource that is most valuable for their business: big data.
It was also the start of a book that EMC – Greenplum will be publishing together with Peter Hinssen called ‘Information is The New Oil’. As organizer of the event Gosseye said: “We are looking forward to meeting again in London one year from now.” That would be big!