PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015 – Day 1

Pic1This is my first time to visit the PASS Business Analytics Conference and so I want to take the chance to give a wrap up of my impressions of the first day. The conference takes place in Santa Clara and I personally think that California as a great place to be. The sunny weather makes it very easy to combine interesting and challenging sessions and an open mood of people for networking and get to know each other. I really like the very friendly and open nature of the people here.

Maybe I give you some more details on the conference itself. The clear focus of that conference is Data Analytics. It’s a very good mixture of technical, business and strategic sessions. The audience is very different to the typical and more technical PASS Conference in Seattle. Altogether there are 600 participants out of 24 countries and more than 60 hours of sessions with great speakers. Most of them I never heard before, but they really give you some new ideas or food for thought that you never be thought of before.

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Keynote

The keynote started with the PASS president Thomas LaRock, followed by a great talk of Carlo Ratti, the Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab. The MIT Senseable City Lab is focused on who sensors are changing cities into real-time cities with lot’s of new opportunities. Today cities are already covered with digital sensors, so that people can react on it. There is an estimation that by 2020  about 50 billion connections need to handled in the world. Most of these connections will be sensors and devices than mobile phones. He showed several examples how cities are covered with digital sensors, react on it and become more smart cities these days. There are several research projects that the MIT is doing in that area like:

Mobility and Smart Cities

The Hub Cab is a project started on analyze Taxi Peaks in New York and try to bring in shared mobility. Beside the MIT also Audi and GE are part of that project, which makes me, as a German, also proud of that we are part of that innovation.  He presented some interesting numbers that although safe driving cars are on the way only 20% of the cars are need today for our mobility. An average car is only used 5% of the time so there is a huge opportunity to make mobility more efficient, especially in large city, also in order enhance the quality of live. So sharing is much more intelligent and what if we take the self-driving experience and the the sharing concepts together and even think about how traffic is organized. Do we still then need traffic lights? There are some nice concepts and researches on self-driving intersection that organizes traffic much more intelligent and efficient as traffic lights did for the last 100 years. This is a big opportunity for all of us.

The Copenhagen wheel

Another interesting and fascinating thing that came out of a MIT research project is the Copenhagen Wheel. This is a complete new way of bicycle mobility and a great example how sensors and technology can help us to innovate new experiences. And the best way to understand it, is to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10GMfG2NMY

Follow the trash

One last interesting project to me was the “moma-followup”. The idea is to follow obsolete electronics, that is normally just thrown away, across the world for recycle or reuse. In order to do this the MIT developed two different types of self-reporting technologies that are coupled with the obsolete electronics and than see what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fHZYyOZU4c

Summary

For me the first day really gave me some new ideas what is going on in Data Analytics. I think it is an amazing time to see, what can be achieved with technologies in these days and this is not always just to earn more money. It is interesting to see how fast the technology adoption happens and what role these great Universities like the MIT, Boston, Harvard, Stanford and many others play in that area. So a really great day one and I will follow up on day 2.

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Recap SQL Server Conference 2015 – A Kickoff to new era

After 3 fantastic days at the SQL Server Conference 2015 in Darmstadt I would like to take the chance to take a short recap. First of all I would like to say thank you to our German PASS Community for organizing this great conference and to all the volunteers, sponsors and speakers that helped to make this happen. In 4 tracks and together with 42 international speakers we delivered for our conference visitors a great selection of sessions, half of them in English and with lot’s of MVPs on board.

Especially this year I had the feeling that there is a shift that is happing in the market. People are very interested in new technologies especially in the area of Cloud Computing and Data Analytics.  I personally believe that this year we will see a big movement in the BI business: https://nexxtjump.com/2014/07/22/a-call-to-all-data-engineers-and-bi-workers-2/

I was also happy to give a talk for our great community and visitors about “SAP HANA, Power Pivot, SQL Server – In Memory-Technologien im Vergleich”. You can find my slides on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/marcelfranke/in-memorytechnologien-im-vergleich-sql-server-konferenz-2015

 

So I personally believe that this year will be a great one for all of us with lot’s of new stuff to learn and great projects to come. In the meantime we can all remember some very special moments of this conference. Some of mine are shared below, the rest you can find on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dirkhondong/collections/72157650641795156/. Thanks to our Paparazzi Dirk to keep and save these moments for us.
 

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Big Data = Big Fun – The worldwide first Microsoft carnival session

imageI think today was a very historic day. Ralph, de Bräd,  Kemperdick (Microsoft Germany), organized the worldwide first carnival session at Microsoft in Cologne. Together with some other Jecks (Hilmar, Christos, Tillman and me) we presented some funny sessions about Big Data and we had a lot of fun together with our guests and visitors. Thanks to Ralph and Microsoft for organizing this and to all the guests who joined. We all agreed that this year was only the small start of a tradition that will hopefully fill pavilions and arenas in the next years. And for the rest of you who couldn’t join here are some impressions.

In this sense…Kölle Alaaf!

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Conference time – SQL Server Conference 2015

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Although everybody prepares for Christmas and the holidays, some people already prepare the first conferences starting early next year. And so I’m very happy that the SQL Server Conference 2015 will take place in Darmstadt again. We will have 2 days full of great sessions with international speakers. So also for English speaking people there are lot’s of sessions to follow. And there is a full day only for PreCon Trainings.

I’m also very happy to say that I have the chance to support the community with a session about “SAP Hana, Power Pivot and SQL Server – In-Memory technologies compared”.

So register yourself, take a seat and enjoy the sessions.

Impressions from the SQL Saturday #313

Also this year we had another great SQL Saturday here in Germany. I want to take the chance to say thank you to the organization team, to all the speakers and the volunteers for the big effort and time they spent to make this happen. From my opinion it was again a great success. We used the same location as last year, at the Campus in Augustin, and I personally like the combination of a university campus and a technology event like this. This year we also had more participants than last year and the team was able to deliver very good sessions in 5 parallel tracks (http://sqlsaturday.com/313/schedule.aspx).

I also had the chance to give some of my time to the SQL community and had a session about the different In-Memory technologies in SAP HANA, Power Pivot and SQL Server. If you are interested in my slides, I share them via Slideshare.

 

If you have any feedback or questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Finally I also want to share some impressions from the conference with you. Thank you to our photograph Dirk, who put together some more photos on OneDrive: VCSL3p

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Conference time – From data to business advantage

imageI’m happy to say that I will present another session on Data Analytics together with Rafal Lukawiecki on the 21st of March in Zurich. This event is organized by Microsoft and Rafal and is focused on Data Analytics with the Microsoft platform.

I already met Rafal on the SQL Server Conference 2014 where he was giving the key not and he is a fantastic speaker. Beside conferences Rafal Lukwiecki is also a strategic Consultant at Project Botticelli Ltd (projectbotticelli.com) and he focuses on making advanced analytics easy, insightful, and useful, helping clients achieve better organizational performance. I’m a big fan of projectboticelli.com and I can encourage everybody who want’s to learn about Data Analytics to use his trainings and videos.

So if you are interested and you have some time, please join. You can register yourself here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032573660&culture=de-CH

German SQL Server Conference in February

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I’m very happy to say that Germany has its own SQL Server conference this year. After the SQL Server 2012 Launch event in Cologne Microsoft and the PASS community organized another launch event for SQL Server 2014. This time the conference will take place in Darmstadt, close to Frankfurt.

Thanks to PASS and Microsoft who organized that event. Attendees will have the chance to listen to a lot of great speakers (http://www.sqlkonferenz.de/sprecher.aspx) and very well picked sessions (http://www.sqlkonferenz.de/agenda.aspx).

I’m also very happy to say that I’m allowed, together with my colleague Gerhard, to have a speaker slot at the first conference day. My session will be about “Analytic Powerhouse: Parallel Data Warehouse und R”.

So hurry up and register yourself here: https://www.event-team.com/events/sqlserverkonferenz2014/registration.aspx