Another entry from Kate Kurtz who is attending & presenting at IDUG for her first time.
Wow! What a day. It has gone by so fast, and yet it felt incredibly slow while it was happening. There is just so much to take in, and so much to learn.
The key note speaker was Jeff Jonas, founder of SRD and now Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics. His topic was "Sensemaking on Steams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart". He is a phenomenal speaker with lots of energy and passion about what he does. It was a great session. He also managed to start and end his keynote speech with a poop joke. You have to admire someone who can do that and also deliver an amazing talk about fascinating technology. If you are interested in learning more, check out his blog here -> http://jeffjonas.typepad.com/. I think that the research he does has just entered on my list "Cool jobs I wish I did at IBM". Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but I am often amazed by the type of work people do at IBM and the sheer variety of interesting things to learn about.
The first session, Warehouse Best Practices in Action - The IBM Smart Analytics System, went well and there were lots of questions from the audience. I love that , it is much more fun to have a conversation with the audience than it is just talk all by yourself. I also learn a lot from the types of questions people ask. I was co-presenting with Eddie Daghelian, and Haider Rizvi was there as well, so the discussion was lively and very educational for everyone. I did a lot of informal surveys of the audience, and it was interesting, most people could remember the days of DB2 PE (parallel edition), most were taking on-line backups, but very few of them were exploiting the table space level backup and restore functionality. There were a lot of questions and curiosity about Work Load Management, and also about Data Ingest strategies.
I think that is the best part about IDUG - a bunch of people who are really interested in technology, all getting together and just having a conversation. The presentation was really just a jumping off point, as for the rest of the day I had customers coming up to me asking for more information about specific topics in the presentation.
And, on a closing note, I want to say Thank You to Rebecca Bond, Steve Rees, and Calisto Zuzarte, who all made the time to attend the session and were friendly faces I could look for through out the presentation. Thanks Guys - it was hugely helpful to see you there!
I’ve heard Jeff Jonas speak several times and completely agree with Kate that he is phenomenal! During and after Jeff’s keynote, the comments were flying in on twitter about his talk. If you want to keep up with what’s going on, I highly suggest that you open this URL: http://bit.ly/mO4svB.
I copied some of my favourite tweets and posted them on Jeff’s FB wall:
Jeff Jonas opened and closed the keynote with a poop story and in the process told everyone how to make sense of data. Brilliant!
- #IDUGNA opening session....worth the full conference fee by ITSELF ! #DB2
Jeff’s response: I spent 7 hours creating a one of a kind deck for today's 60 minute keynote. Glad someone liked it!
Speaking of Jeff, Kate gave a link to his blog, and I encourage you to read it. Also, here is a recent interview with Jeff along with a very cool video "200 countries in 200 years". http://bit.ly/lVW9ME
Apparently there was a retirement party for Roger Miller last night as well. Another reason I really wish I was able to join my IDUG friends in California this year!