Hadoop Summit 2014 came to a close last Thursday and what a ride! We had plenty to keep us busy and it was great to see such a huge turnout at our booth. This was my first time at the conference and I have to say that it was inspiring to see the leaders in the big data space under one roof and exchanging ideas.
This year we really wanted to show people what their data looks like, and we thought, why not a 3D printer? That’s right folks, we had a 3D printer at our booth that connected with our Facebook Network app and diagrammed your social graph. Here’s a GIF to give you a quick look at how it worked.
Also, as you might know, we always come prepared with a new t-shirt design for every conference that we have a booth at and Hadoop Summit was no exception. This time we honored the California conference location by showing off the Hadoop elephant’s surfing skills. I think we ran out of t-shirts within the first day and a half of the conference!
On Wednesday, our CEO Stefan Groschupf presented on the business ROI of Flow Theory based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s description in his book, “Beyond Boredom and Anxiety.” Csikszentmihalyi describes Flow Theory as “…a state of peak enjoyment, energetic focus, and creative concentration experienced by people engaged in adult play, which has become the basis of a highly creative approach to living.” Stefan provided an in-depth look at exactly what Flow Theory is, what kind of data is necessary for proper Flow analysis and how big data analytics can be applied to help products and websites achieve actual “Flow” for optimal user experience. We’ll be sure to update the blog with his presentation once it’s available so be sure to check back.
We also had another presentation by one of our solutions engineers, Adam Gugliciello, who diagramed the shift from BI to Data Discovery during an open conversation in the conference foyer. We saw a great turnout with a lot of Q&A. If you have any questions about our product, feel free to connect with us directly on our website.
One of my favorite aspects of the conference was the special edition of Big Data & Brews that we hosted on the show floor. We were lucky enough to meet up with Ovum analyst Tony Baer who shared his thoughts around one of the hottest topics at the show — SQL on Hadoop. We also connected with Hortonworks’ founder and architect Arun Murthy who talked about YARN, his time at Yahoo and where he thinks the industry is headed and MapR’s senior director of product management, Anoop Darwar, on their new app market and Apache Drill. Be sure to tune into the latest episodes and one more will be posting tomorrow at our regular time (Tuesday, noon PT) with Hired Brains analyst Neil Raden.
All in all, it was a great show and thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hi! Here’s looking forward to next year!