Let me open by stating what I’m not: I’m not one of those psychic data scientists who can predict the future – although sometimes I wish I had gone to the same school that Nate Silver did! However, my hindsight has always been phenomenal! It’s been a year of immense change and one thing I can predict with 100% certainty for 2013 – more change!
It’s become an annual tradition at this time of year to share technology predictions and trends that we should pay attention to in the coming year. They have already started coming through thick and fast – see here for predictions relating to B2B Marketing, Social Media, IDC, Gartner, Tech and even Jim Cramer! I’ve been thinking about this lately and I want to share my top predictions. Read on and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear what your predictions are for 2013 too. Let’s see how close we are on what’s to come. (more…)
CMO Advisory Board. During that meeting, and as a strong theme throughout the entire Dreamforce conference,
it was clear that the CMO is now a valuable target for salesforce.com. This week I was also delighted to participate in a meeting with one of our partners who announced their intent to also target the CMO. I recently read a great article on Forbes entitled “How Forrester’s Former CMO Is Using Big Data To Build Next Generation CRM“. Then another entitled “Does SaaS, Cloud make the CMO the CIO“. This all comes on the back of analyst house Gartner predicting that CMO’s will soon outspend the CIO in technology!
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a DM Radio panel on the subject of “social”. You can find a replay of the show here Going Social: Strategies and Policies for Harnessing Social Media.
I was joined by Andrew Collins (Medallia), Wilson Raj (SAS) and Clay Richardson (Forrester). We could have carried on discussing for hours on this subject which drew out great passion and enthusiasm from participants and moderators alike! The conversation covered a lot of ground from the role of social in driving process alignment within enterprises to opening up new routes to market through social MDM.
My key take-aways were: (more…)
In my previous blog on this subject, I talked about the incredible innovations of Hadoop as a new analytics engine, and the innovations of Informatica in removing un-maintainable and complex hand-coding. In this blog I want to drill into the world of Informatica ETL and Hadoop in order to show why these two innovations are critical to augmenting traditional data processing approaches as companies begin to look at leveraging Big Data for new analytics. (more…)
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a big data panel at the Pacific Crest investor’s conference (the replay available here.) I was joined on the panel by Hortonworks, MapR, Datastax and Microsoft. There is clearly a lot of interest in the world of big data and how the market is evolving. I came away from the panel with four fundamental thoughts: (more…)
At our recent Informatica World Conference I had a revelation. These don’t come often to me, and it was made all the clearer to me when I was watching EMC World unfold across the social networks recently as well.
My revelation relates to the impact Big Data is going to have on enterprises and their approach to integrating data. I believe that Big Data will be the tipping point that will force enterprises to move away from hand-coding and other disposable data integration (or “DDI”) techniques. Just as we did 30 years ago when enterprises threw out hand coding and embraced the relational database; just as we did 15 years ago when enterprises threw out hand coding and embraced storage management software, now so too must enterprises throw out hand coding that delivers disposable data integration and embrace commercially available data integration software for true enterprise data integration. There is simply no other way of managing the enormous volumes, variety and velocity that will hit all enterprises in the coming years. (more…)
I was reading a blog from Forbes last week called “Will Big Data Flop Like CRM?”. The premise of the article is that collecting more data than ever before may simply let enterprises “screw-up in more detail.” It goes on to postulate that CRM has failed to deliver on it’s promise. It had me thinking, and commenting, since it gets to the heart of the fundamental issue enterprises are facing today – namely trying to drive value from a vastly complex world driven by an application centric era in which the very essence of the customer has been lost. Indeed, enterprises today have lost the ability to uncover the true value of data and interestingly we are in danger of repeating history again with the explosion of cloud applications that are hitting enterprises. So bear with me – this blog post is less to do with Big Data, but tries to answer the question “As CRM and other applications move to the cloud are we simply going to see history repeat itself?” (more…)
What an amazing week we had last week in Vegas with the Informatica community. I hope you all enjoyed the conference as much as I did. Having spent the last year pulling together the various components, it is wonderful when it all comes together! There were many memorable highlights ranging from the Product Councils on the Monday, to the pool party that evening to the keynotes on Tuesday including the launch of the Informatica 9.5 Platform, breakouts, hands-on labs, the Executive Summit, the Advisory Boards, the party at Haze nightclub and the closing keynotes.
Here are a few of my favorites – what are yours? (more…)
On May 15th at the Aria in Las Vegas, Informatica will be gathering with you, our customers and partners, to celebrate another year of great innovation at the 2012 Informatica World Conference. I hope you will be there to join us as we recognize your achievements, share insights about the best use of Informatica’s technology, help you to gain greater value from your data and give you a sneak peek into our future roadmap. (more…)