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30 minutes in 2020—Petadata and Profit

“People, Profit, Planet and Petadata.” These were the intriguing words with which HP Senior Fellow, Chandrakant Patel ended his track keynote session at HP Discover in Frankfurt. He made this comment in the final moments of his session on where HP Labs is headed in 2020. This is the second post in a two-part series. Earlier, I outlined how Patel addressed People and Planet. In this post, I turn to Petadata and Profit.




If you are curious about what “petadata” represents, you can read my post on getting a Brontobyte of information from HP Discover. Customers would like to realize value from the data generated. Or, as I outlined in this post, realize the Return on Information. Patel suggests that we need to look at the lifecycle of the fundamental unit of IT—data—from its storage and processing, which prepares it for analysis, to the time with technology can generate meaning, which provides insights that trigger actions to deliver on business outcomes. 


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Patel says businesses of all sizes want to use IT to improve their productivity. Or, in other words, profit.  Profit was an underlying theme in Patel's presentation. He suggested that:


  • Use of renewable energy sources, such as wind power, to reduce the cost of running data centers
  • Use of photonics to transmit data by light (instead of copper) at the chip, system, and board level to save time and resources
  • Use of nanotechnology to build memristors right on top of microprocessors at subsystem level to save space by multiplying modules on a rack
  • Introduction and use of automation. Here, Patel gave us an example of a water or oil company that uses a robotic device to traverse and capture video inside pipes with humans monitoring the images for faults. Today, we have technology that can be used to introduce automation that can speed up the process. This data can then be put in Vertica for further analysis and the realization of business intelligence.

Patel also shared how HP Labs is addressing the intersection of Autonomy and Vertica by adding extensions to build the Vertica analytics pack, adding face recognition technologies into Autonomy solutions.


After Patel’s session, I’d say the future looks promising for People, Profit, Planet, and Petadata.


What are some of the forward-thinking technologies you are considering within your enterprise? How would you characterize the technological evolution in the future? Please let me know.


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