In which Jill learns a lot, including a valuable lesson on context.
Once again Iâ€™ve returned from TDWI Las Vegas richer than before. Not because I blew a wad of cash at blackjack, but because I learned some new stuff. And if knowledge is worth a drunk guy named Craig blowing cigar smoke in your ear and yelling â€śDouble Down, Miss Thang !!!â€ť before the cards have even hit the tableâ€”well then Iâ€™m a rich woman indeed.
Here are some other highlights of the Vegas conference:
â€˘ Friend and ex-client Tracy Austin (she was CIO of Mandalay Resort Group) kicked off the TDWI Executive Summit on Monday with a great talk called â€śBI from the Topâ€ť that set the stage for the audience of heavy-hitters. Itâ€™s great to hear the BI value proposition from a CIO. Sometimes context is everything.
â€˘ I spoke at the Executive Summit on Tuesday. My topic was Master Data Management for BI Professionals. Unlike past MDM discussions at TDWI, no one asked whether you could do MDM with a data warehouse. And, unlike past TDWI events, the follow-up panel session was populated with executives who had actually delivered MDM. Matthew March of Carrington Mortgage Services, Andrea Ballinger from University of Illinois, and Jim Keene from Harley Davidson each told stories of how MDM had driven business value. Iâ€™m glad to see TDWI embracing MDM. Who better?
â€˘ Informatica launched its Data Migration Suite, touted as the only independent software platform designed for data migration. Informatica is bringing its best-of-breed offerings together to provide an extensible platform for data integration between two, three, or dozens of systems. â€śData migration is about much more than just moving data from point A to point B; it is about adding value to the data in the process, ultimately making the data work at the expected levels within the targeted application,â€ť said Bo Lungulescu, Principal Solutions Marketing Manager for the new offering.
â€˘ I saw my friend Donald Farmer from Microsoft, but alas only from afar. Donald was at the Microsoft booth demoing the companyâ€™s evolving BI stack. (Gartner recently ranked Microsoft in the Leader quadrant for BI.) Alas I could never get close enough to greet him amidst the throngs of people crowding around him. Whether it was the glow of Donald or the pending release of SQL Server 2008, Microsoftâ€™s booth was a hit.
â€˘ Information management vendor Kalido announced that it will be giving away Business Information Modeler, its business software modeling tool, for free. The company is also announcing a new forum for information modelers, establishing itself as a community of practice.
â€˘ My BI from Both Sides class was sold out on Wednesday. I usually prefer teaching this course earlier in the week when it seems like more business people attend TDWI, but I was gratified to find attendees from both business and IT. Eight companies had sent teams â€śfrom both sidesâ€ť and they actually seemed to get along fairly well!
As I said, I learned a lot. And one more thing I learned is never to ask a bunch of drunk men at a poker table, â€śSo are you guys here for business or pleasure?â€ť As I said before, context is everything.
Posted February 25, 2008 1:37 PM
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