An article by Doug Henschen in August's InformationWeek describes well the changes facing the world of data warehousing in the enterprise.
"Two forces define this era: size and speed. And those forces are driving companies to consider new choices for how they deal with data."
The full article, available as a PDF, surveys the development of software and hardware, highlighting trends such as:
Henschen's article contains a couple of reasons why the Strata conference is going to be a must-attend event. First, he talks about the pressure on data science professionals to deliver
Speed is sometimes about pure performance, as in how quickly a system answers a query, but more important is the broad notion of "speed to insight." That's about how much time people--often statistician-analyst-type people--must spend loading data and tuning for performance. The pressure is on IT to get insights out of ever-larger data sets--faster.
And to conclude, he reiterates how quickly the field of data is moving.
Six to nine months. If you're not exploring your options that often, you're probably falling behind.
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