A Data Enthusiast’s Dream Come True

On October 12, I will be attending Evolve 2022 in New York. A true data event to end all data events, the intimate day-long event is hosted by industry luminaries Cloudera, IBM and Intel. Although I have to divulge that I will be one of the guest speakers at the event, believe me when I say I will be there regardless. The event will be a who’s who of leaders and data enthusiasts focused on digital, analytics, innovation and digital transformation, spanning industries including but not limited to financial services, l insurance, retail, communications and manufacturing. Come to Evolve 2022 for curated sessions, inspiring talks, peer-to-peer discussions, and plenty of personal networking. Walk away with new knowledge, professional connections, and hopefully inspiration to implement a data transformation strategy in your own business. I recently hosted Hannah Smalltree, Principal at Cloudera, on my Insider podcast. I learned more about the upcoming event, today’s world of data, and how his company fits into it. She brought a wealth of knowledge to our conversation thanks to her long experience working in the world of data as a journalist and editor. I would like to share some of it here today.

Although not widely known outside of the data world, Cloudera is one of the world’s leading enterprise data platform companies. In my opinion, it’s the only game in town for end-to-end data management across hybrid, multi-cloud, and on-premises. Beyond simply collecting and storing data, Cloudera’s platform seeks to analyze data quickly and easily. Plus, it tracks and secures that data across all environments in an organization.

Smalltree first noticed the potential of data science as a competitive differentiator while working as a technical journalist. As a technology analyst, I’ve also found that companies with the most comprehensive data strategies seem to get a head start. Unleashing the power of data analytics is an essential part of successful digital transformation. Still, as Smalltree noted, it’s not always the most accessible topic to talk about in print.

This brings us to what the hosts are trying to do with Evolve: host a live, in-person event expressly for the data people: chief data officers, chief analytics officers, future chief data officers, data scientists, senior vice presidents and others in data leadership roles. Evolve 2022 seeks to bring all of these data visionaries together to discuss transforming the data-driven business into reality: how to get things done, how to design flexible architectures, how to leverage AI, how to drive culture data, how to leverage real-time data, and how to find and retain data talent. In Smalltree’s words, it’s “a little less about demos and code and more about how people leverage technology and leverage a lot of resources to get results.”

I cover countless conferences and events every year, so believe me when I say that Evolve 2022 looks like a unique experience not to be missed for anyone in the world of data science. It’s not the only conference with data at the center – the old Strata Data Conference comes to mind – but it will be smaller and more intimate than any other data and analytics event I know of. . Forget the giant Expo halls and impenetrable technical sessions. According to Smalltree, this smaller format will allow attendees to connect and talk more in-depth about design concepts, best practices, and leadership skills around data and analytics. The event will still offer plenty of enlightening speaker sessions – Josh Wardle, the software engineer who created the hugely popular Wordle word puzzle, for one. However, Smalltree says Evolve is just as much about having a conversation with the person sitting next to you about what’s going on with data in their organization.

My favorite events are always the smaller ones, where you can rub shoulders with business leaders and share stories and experiences with other people in the industry. It’s something I’ve missed a lot over the past few years, as the pandemic has forced most events to go virtual. The thing is, you learn and connect in a different way face to face. Although we are fortunate to have the tools to attend events virtually when it is too difficult to make the trip in person, nothing beats the reality. If you’re a data fanatic like me and only attend one in-person event this year, you better do Evolve 2022. I’ll see you there. You can register here.

Note: Moor Insights & Strategy writers and editors may have contributed to this article.

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