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Bringing it all together at HP Discover -- Cloud Computing, Analytics and Big Data

Saving the best for the last. This interview by Andy McCaskey on sdrnews.com was my best experience across all the 4 interviews at HP Discover for multiple reasons. First, it provided me an opportunity to -- in Andy's words -- bring it all together: cloud computing, big data, analytics. etc. Also, I had asked Andy to surprise me, and I didn’t provide any specific topics to discuss, giving him full license to bring up whatever comes to his mind. Which he did!


Here are some thoughts that emerged during this interview:


  • If I had to have a tag line for big data today, it would be: Just having the data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless.
  • Stouffer Egan's keynote on turning the tables on computers was at the top of my mind when I outlined how humans have synthesized multiple data points since the dawn of time and computers are just beginning to do this today.
  • As I expected, Andy did bring legacy platforms into the picture that resulted in the identification of a relatively new modernization criterion for applications -- the need to have access to the legacy data so that it can be analyzed and processed for information.
  • Some of the more interesting questions posed by Andy (watch the video to find out how I answered them):
    • How about the N+1 data set -- how can we identify the missing data set?
    • What is not going to happen in the future?
    • How and when will business start appreciating the need for an integrated set of tools?

Finally, responses to some of Andy’s questions take me to disruptive innovations where I do refer to Forrester Analyst Sarah Epp's wearable devices and the flexible displays from HP Labs.



We are at the cusp of a whole new revolution where we transition from the garage of big data to a more meaningful world of information giving new meaning to the word "Information" in IT.


Check out the video and let me know what you think?

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