This post is a quick summary for all Business Analytics related updates that I saw at PASS Summit’14:
1. Theme of the Keynote(s)/Session(s) seemed to be around educating the community about the benefits of the NEW(er) tools. I saw demos/material for cloud-based tools like SQL databases, Azure stream analytics, Azure DocumentDB, AzureHDInsight & Azure Machine learning. The core message was pretty clear: A data professional does two things – 1) Guards data OR 2) helps to generate Insights from Data – And they will need to keep up-to-date on the new tools to future-proof their career.
4. Azure Machine Learning adds a free-tier! You won’t need a credit-card/subscription to sign up for this.
5. I also saw sessions proposing new way of thinking about an architecture for “Self Service BI” and “Big Data” which might be worth following because since these are newer tools, it’s definitely worth considering an architecture that’s designed to make the most of the investments in these new tools. That’s it & I’ll leave you with a quote from James Phillips from Day 1’s keynote:
Data on its own is just a bucket of potential. People convert data to opportunities – James #sqlpass#summit14
Internet enabled computers to be connected with each other.
Internet enabled Mobile Devices to be connected with each other.
Now, Internet will be used to enable physical things to be connected with each other. This is what is called “Internet of things” (IoT).
So what happens?
since more devices are connected with internet – we will able to generate more data! This is usually good if there’s a business vision around how to make sense of data to increase efficiency of all these things.
Here’s a nice case study from Microsoft (focus on the business case – the things in this case is “elevator” to drive reliability)
This is all good news for data professionals! There will be increased demand for professionals who can help businesses make sense of data generated via IoT.
Also beware of the “hype” around this technology. It’s important to take incremental steps to achieve the vision – Instead of trying to analyze data from ALL devices in your organization, start with one physical thing that matter the most for your organization or start with data that you have and take incremental steps to spread data culture in your organization!
Now that Big Data has become a mainstream word in IT and business, we have a new buzzword to learn/talk about IoT – but remember it’s all about making sense of data and your skills would be more valuable than ever!
Introduction to Data Science course taught by Bill Howe just started on coursera platform. Having studied the Data Intensive Computing in Cloudcourse at UW taught by Prof Bill Howe, I can say that this course would be great resource too!
I was selected to a be a speaker at SQL Saturday Trinidad! And it was amazing because not only did I get a chance to interact with the wonderful people who are part of SQL Server community there but also visited some beautiful places on this Caribbean island!
I visited Trinidad in January, just before their carnival season! And even though, people were busy preparing for carnival season, it was great to see them attend an entire day of SQL Server Training:
And here’s me presenting on “Why Big Data Matters”:
I just researched about Machine Generated Data from the context of “Big data”, Here’s the list I compiled:
– Data sent from Satellites
– Temperature sensing devices
– Flood Detection/Sensing devices
– web logs
– location data
– Data collected by Toll sensors (context: Road Toll)
– Phone call records
And a Futuristic one:
Imagine sensors on human bodies that continuously “monitor” health. How about if we use them to detect diabetes/cancer/other-diseases in their early phases. Possible? May be!
Machine can generate data “faster” than humans. This characteristics makes it interesting to think about to analyze machine generate data and in some cases, how to analyze them in real-time or near real-time
Search for Machine Generated Data, you’ll be able to find much more, it’s worth reading about from the context of Big Data.
Storage cost has drastically decreased. Mathematically, Storage cost has decreased exponentially. No wonder we can store lot’s of data for few dollars and no wonder that the age of Big Data has already arrived!