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OOW is just around the corner

Yes it is indeed time for Oracle Open World. Unfortunately I will not be there speaking myself this year, but do not despair my friends, there is still plenty of goodness from the community such as these talks from my good friend Heli. She is coming all the way from Helsinki, Finland to share her knowledge. Go to one of her talks and tell her The Data Warrior sent you!

HeliFromFinland

I cannot believe how fast time flies! It has been an exceptionally busy year and that is the reason I have not had time to write blog posts either. I have been speaking in amazing events like BIWA Summit, APEX Connect, Riga DevDays 2017, OTNEMEA Tour in Baku and in Madrid, BGOUG, E4, KScope17, Oracle Code Bengaluru, the first ever APEX Day in Finland, Oracle Code Seoul, POUG, and Tajikistan TechDay. Next on my list is Oracle OpenWorld. As always it will be a busy week.

I will fly to San Francisco on Thursday to attend the ACE Director briefing on Friday at the Oracle HQ. I will have three talks:

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And I will also have two short talks:

  • one at the EOUC trackEOUC.jpg
  • and another one at the WIT Lightning Storm sessionWIT

I will have several meetings, swimming, running and chocolate tasking

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-tasting-at-oracle-openworld-2017-tickets-38069813838

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Top 3 Tips for Staying Current in the Evolving World of Data Warehousing

The world of data warehousing and analytics has changed! With the advent of Big Data, Streaming Data, IoT, and The Cloud, what is a modern data warehousing professional to do? It may seem to be a very different world with different concepts, terms, and techniques. Or is it?

This is a question I ask myself all the time. So how do you keep up?

Here is what I do:

1 – Follow the Leaders

Yes, social media! Mostly, I use Twitter. I follow the industry thought leaders and analysts like Claudia Imhoff, Tamara Dull, Howard Dresner, Philip Russom, Cindi Howson, and many others. Not only do I see what they are thinking (and speaking) about, but I get to see what they are reading.

2 – Meet the Leaders

While reading books and online articles is great, there is nothing that replaces face to face communication. And the best way to do that is attend educational events where they are speaking. These days that could mean everything from local meet-ups, to regional conferences (like RMOUG), vendor roadshows, and larger annual events (like the recent Oracle OpenWorld).

For meet-ups, simply go to https://www.meetup.com/ and sign up (for free). You can search for meet-ups in your local area by topic. You may be surprised how many there are nearby and how often they have event. This is a great way to network with other professional in your local community.

To learn from the industry leaders, look to larger national and international events. In the data warehousing and analytics world that means groups like The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI). They have local chapters and run larger national events on a regular basis (the next one is in October in San Diego). Another group I am associated with is DAMA International which also sponsors local chapters, national and international events.

And of course your vendors and solution providers may run their own events, like the Snowflake Cloud Analytics city tour.

3- Be a Leader

Volunteer! Yes by getting involved with these meet-ups, associations, and user groups, whether locally or nationally, you not only get to give back to the community, but you will often benefit by getting to know and speak with leaders one on one in a less formal environment.

Start off small by helping organize a meeting, or getting the refreshments. Help with the web site or the mail list. If the group you choose runs a conference, help with the paper selection process (you will learn a ton reading the abstracts). And then, when you are ready, become a speaker yourself. There is no better way to learn than to try to teach what you know to someone else.

I have been helping with user group conferences and events for nearly 30 years now and have never regretted a minute of the time spent.

 

So those are my top 3 tips for how you can stay fresh and informed and ahead of the game in this crazy world of data warehousing, big data, and the cloud.

Seems to be working for me.

Keep Learning!

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. One of our Snowflake customers, IAC Publishing Labs (owners of Ask.com), won the TDWI Best Practice award for the Emerging Technologies and Methods category and Keith Lavery will be speaking about the project at the TDWI Executive Summit in San Diego on Monday, October 3rd.

P.P.S.  And don’t forget to follow some of the leaders at Snowflake like @bob_muglia and @jonb_snowflake.

 

Adventures in the Cloud

I just got back from a whirlwind tour that included a trip to San Francisco to visit the Snowflake HQ, attend the annual Oracle ACE Directors briefing, meetings and events at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW), speaking at OakTable World (OTW), then off to Chicago to speak at Enterprise Dataversity.

Yes it was packed. And lots of talk about cloud everything!

 

Thanks to the great folks at OTN (Roland and Jennifer) for hosting us again this year at Oracle HQ.

Here are a few highlights:

Morning Chi Gung

Now an annual event is doing Chi Gung by the lake behind the Sofitel with a few ACE Director friends before the *top secret* briefing.

morning-chigung

 

Pre-OOW Athletics

Well, sort of. This year I walked the Golden Gate Bridge (5K) and took a dip in SF Bay in the 5th Annual Swim The Bay. Proud to say I have attended all 5 years of that event.

Nothing like a brisk morning walk to start the day!

Nothing like a brisk morning walk to start the day!

 

Then there is the brisk swim!

Then there is the brisk swim!

And this year, I got a pretty good size group to do Chi Gung on the beach after the swim (to warm ourselves back up!)

Time to get that chi flowing after the swim!

Time to get that chi flowing after the swim!

OTW 2016

I think this is the 3rd time I have presented at the un-conference run in parallel to OOW. But this year was the 1st time I did it as an Oaktable member! Gave my talk on Building a Virtualized ODS using SQL Developer Data Modeler.

No picture from that talk (sorry) but I did a very short Chi Gung set with the attendees at lunch time to get them moving out of their seats.

 

OTN Interview

This was the best part – getting to do an interview with my good friend Laura Ramsey from OTN about data modeling and data warehousing in the cloud. Check out my full interview here.

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Live cast interview from the Moscone at OOW 2016

 

The Drake Hotel

For the Dataversity event in Chicago, I got to stay at the very classy Drake Hotel right on the lake shore with a great view.

Awesome View!

Awesome View!

thedrake

Oh, and my talk on Data Warehousing in 2016 and Beyond went great. I learned a lot in the various keynotes and even got an introduction to Data Science.

 

Well that is my little update for now.

Check my speaking page to see where I will be next!

Ciao.

Kent

The Data Warrior

 

 

 

Where is the Data Warrior Now?

Hi folks. Time to update y’all on some upcoming speaking engagements for this summer and fall.

Here are a few talks I have scheduled:

Houston DAMA 

When: August 9, 2016 1:30 PM

WhereBP Westlake Campus, Helios Plaza, Houston, TX

Topic 1: Harnessing the Elasticity of the Cloud for Analytics with Snowflake and Tableau

Topic 2: Agile Data Warehousing – Building a Virtualized ODS

Register: Houston DAMA Meetup

Agile Denver: BI Meetup #1 

When: August 17, 2016 5:30 PM

Where: Charles Schwab, Lone Tree, CO (Denver Tech Center)

Topic: Agile Data Warehousing – Building a Virtualized ODS

RegisterAgile BI Meetup

Agile Denver: BI Meetup #2

When: August 18, 2016 5:30 PM

Where: WebPT, Westminster, CO

Topic: Agile Data Warehousing – Building a Virtualized ODS

RegisterAgile BI Meetup

Enterprise Dataversity

EDV2016-ImSpeakingWhen: September 21, 2016 8:30 AM

Where: The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Ill

Topic: Data Warehousing in 2016 and Beyond

Register: Enterprise Dataversity

 

Utah Oracle Users Group (UTOUG) Fall Symposium

When: October 26, 2016

WhereSalt Lake Community College Miller Campus, SLC, Utah

Session #1Agile Data Warehousing: Using Oracle Data Modeler (SDDM) to build a Virtualized ODS

Session #2: Agile Methods and Data Warehousing: How to Deliver Faster

Session #3: Data Warehousing in the Real World

Register: UTOUG Registration – Coming Soon!

 

Southern Fried Agile

When: October 28, 2016

Where: Charlotte Convention Center, NC

Topic:  Agile Methods and Data Warehousing: How to Deliver Faster

Register: SFA Registration

 

East Coast Oracle (ECO) Users Conference

When: November 2 & 3, 2016

Where: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel, Raleigh, NC

Topic #1Agile Data Warehousing: Using Oracle Data Modeler (SDDM) to build a Virtualized ODS

Topic #2: Data Warehousing in 2016

Register: ECO Registration

 

There are more talks in the planning process so be sure to check back.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Love your data!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Data Warrior LLC

#Kscope16 Blog Hop: #BigData and #AdvancedAnalytics Sessions Not to Miss

You are attending #KScope16 right?

Me too.

But there are so many sessions to choose from (mine included), which do you pick? How do you pick?

Well, I (and my fellow bloggers) are here to help you out with a Blog Hop. We are going to give you our top picks for for each track. In this post, I will give you my picks for the Big Data and Advanced Analytics track.

Big Data and Advanced Analytics Sessions

Why did I pick that this track? Really because it is a necessary adjunct to BI and Data Warehousing. In fact I find it hard to imagine that these two really won’t merge over the next few years (at my company, Snowflake, it really has already). Every company that is investing in BI/DW is also finding that they need to deal with Big Data too. And Advanced Analytics is, to me, the logical extension to BI.

So after looking at the agenda, really most of the sessions are of interest to me (sigh). But in reality I am sure I will not be able to attend them all, so here are my top 5 picks to see at KScope16:

  1. How to Build an Internet of Things Data Pipeline presented by Rex Eng
  2. Oracle Big Data Discovery: Extending into Machine Learning and Advanced Visualizations presented by Mark Rittman
  3. Introduction to Apache Kafka and Real-Time ETL presented by Gwen Shapira
  4. Getting Started with a Data Discovery Lab: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Gain Big presented by Kathryn Watson
  5. Getting Started with Oracle R and OBIEE presented by Kevin McGinley
 Why those? Simply because they hit on all the top issues and topics that see being discussed (or written about) in the field, and I need to get a better grip on these things:
  • IoT – it is here already
  • Machine Learning – I am pretty clueless about this one so far
  • Kafka – ETL/ELT in the cloud
  • Data Discovery – the next step beyond BI
  • R – the language of choice for data scientists

And I actually know all of but one of the presenters, so am sure they will be very informative and lively talks.

The rest of the blog hop:

Thanks for attending this ODTUG blog hop!

Looking for some other juicy cross-track sessions to make your Kscope16 experience more educational? Check out the following session recommendations from fellow experts!

I hope this gives you some great ideas on what to see at KScope16!

See you in Chicago.

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. Don’t forget to make time to attend my Morning Chi Gung sessions down by the river to get each day started right with a clear mind and strong heart. Look for signs at the hotel.

 

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