Big Data: End of the World or End of BI? with Barry Devlin

According to some, the world will end at the Winter Solstice this year. If not, it's certainly time to take a closer look at Business Intelligence (BI) and ask: "After 20 years, is it still fit for purpose? Can it deliver the type of support needed for decision-making in the next decade?" We are witnessing the birth of a new "biz-tech ecosystem," where business and technology have become symbiotic and collaborative behavior is the norm. In this environment, decision-making is very different from what is supported by today's BI.

This TechTalk explores the emerging ecosystem and poses some interesting challenges for BI vendors and implementers in 2013... Assuming we're all still here...

What you'll learn about:
  • The meaning and emergence of the biz-tech ecosystem
  • The re-convergence of operational and informational systems
  • Data, information and knowledge -- reopening Pandora's Box
  • Millennials and team decision making -- the whys and wherefores
  • Architectural models for 2013 and beyond

Barry Devlin

Dr. Barry Devlin is a founder of the data warehousing industry, defining its first architecture in 1985. A foremost authority on business intelligence (BI), big data and beyond, he is respected worldwide as a visionary and thought-leader in the evolving industry. He has authored two ground-breaking books: the classic Data Warehouse–from Architecture to Implementation and Business unIntelligence–Insight and Innovation Beyond Analytics and Big Data in 2013. Barry has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, previously with IBM, as a consultant, manager, and distinguished engineer. As founder and principal of 9sight in 2008, Barry provides strategic consulting and thought-leadership to buyers and vendors of BI and Big Data solutions. He is an associate editor of TDWI’s Journal of Business Intelligence, and a regular keynote speaker, teacher and writer on all aspects of information creation and use. Barry operates worldwide from Cape Town, South Africa.