The question always posed and answered at the beginning of each year is, “What’s the new year going to look like?” More specifically for us, “What will be the hot 2012 topics in data management?” Based on feedback from you, our subscriber, and from our experience of how webinars, articles and blogs were received, there are topics that are clearly trending upwards in 2012. We want you to know we hear you and are working on new educational resources to address these hot topics and more.
“Big Data” is at the top of the list. How do companies capture, analyze and use the huge amounts of information available? It’s not a new question, but rather a familiar question now applied to a new competitive and technological environment, so the answers are often different. The topic of “Big Data” naturally leads to others such as “NoSQL” databases that can handle massive scale, high-performance processing requirements, and also incorporate “Unstructured Data.”
The “Cloud” is still hot. Again, this isn’t something new to this year, but security around cloud-based data is getting significantly better (or at least cloud users are feeling more confident about the integrity of their data). Governance and data integration remain concerns for enterprise customers, but with consumers buying into cloud offerings from companies like Apple and Amazon, and multi-device (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) consistency cheaply available to retail users, usability and cost savings will triumph again over corporate discipline.
At the end of the day, the objective of most of this new technology is to gain better measurement and insight, so “Data Science” is the topic that is generating hot new job titles in data analysis and data management. Whole new management and academic disciplines are emerging to convert near-infinite amounts of data in order to solve intractable problems or gain a competitive advantage. Beginning in September 2012, Northwestern University will be offering a Master of Science degree in Analytics. And “Federal Computer Week” reports ‘Socialitics’ will become a tech trend for the US Federal government.
We will continue to cover “Data Governance” and “Master Data Management” thoroughly. Data Governance is one of the most popular roles in our Data Job of the Day, as more and more companies are launching Data Governance Offices and creating Data Stewardship programs. Data Governance and MDM are also amongst the most popular topics in terms of webinars attended, and blogs and articles read.
In 2012, DATAVERSITY is committed to bringing you the latest and greatest information on these and other hot topics throughout the year. On the site itself, we will continue to have blogs written by Industry Professionals to enable peer-to-peer discussion. We hired more writers to bring you well researched and well written articles for your reference. NEW this year, we will be publishing a research paper once per quarter. The first paper we have taken on is “Unstructured Data in the Enterprise.”
We have two webinar series lined up for you:
- Data-Ed Online with Dr. Peter Aiken
- This series will occur the second Tuesday of each month to delve into the incredible resource for data management professionals, the Data Management Book of Knowledge
- Note: January’s webinar will be the exception and occur on Tuesday, January 24
- Real-World Data Governance with Robert Seiner
- This series will occur the third Thursday of each month to get an expert opinion on what companies are asking for, struggling with and finding wins on in data governance.
In addition, we will be putting together special events such as a live webinar panels to give attendees an hour to just ask questions. The first panel topic to happen in Q1 will be, “Big Data, NoSQL and Security.” The Industry Professionals who have agreed to sit on the panel are:
- Moderator: Dan McCreary, Principle, Kelly-McCreary & Associates & Co-Founder of the NoSQL Now! Conference
- Anjul Bhambhri, VP of Big Data Products, IBM
- Dwight Merriman, Co-Founder, 10gen
- James Phillips, Founder, Couchbase
- Robert Greene, VP of Technology, Versant
- Srini Penchikala, Security Architect, InfoQ
Our face-to-face events will include:
|Enterprise Data World 2012||April 29 – May 3||Omni Hotel at CNN CenterAtlanta, Georgia|
|NEW EVENT!Unstructured Data 2012||May 1 – May 3||Omni Hotel at CNN CenterAtlanta, Georgia|
|Data Governance & Information Quality 2012||June 25 – June 28||Catamaran Resort Hotel & SpaSan Diego, California|
|NoSQL Now! 2012||August 21 – August 23||TBDSan Jose, California|
|Data Governance Winter Conference 2012||November, 2012||TBD|
We hope you continue enjoying learning with us in 2012. We expect it to be a great year in data.
Shannon Kempe, Executive Editor