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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
May 16, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: May 16, 2017. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Data Summit 2017 kicked off on Tuesday at the New York Hilton Midtown with keynotes by futurist, educator, and author Thornton A. May and Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Analytics. In his keynote, "The Human Side of the Data Revolution," May observed that data is impacting every aspect of life today, and stressed the importance of not only technology but people, including talking to peers, querying the solutions community, and establishing advisory boards.

Streaming data was explored from two perspectives in a session, titled "The Streaming Future of Big Data," as part of the Hadoop Day Track at Data Summit 2017.

Against the backdrop of WannaCry ransomware attacks targeting mission-critical computer systems globally, Data Summit 2017 introduced the Data Security Forum, a track dedicated to cybersecurity. Every day, thousands of entities have their computer networks breached, their systems hacked and their data stolen, degraded or destroyed, noted Robert Pearl, president, Pearl Knowledge Solutions, who offered a presentation on emerging cyber threats as part of the program.

Big data isn't notable because there is a lot of data that can now be stored and processed more cost-effectively. It is important because of what can be done with it. One approach that has been heralded for gaining more value from big data is the data lake, noted Jonathan Gray, CEO and founder of Cask in a presentation titled, "Building an Enteprise Data Lake," at Data Summit 2017, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 16-17, 2017.

The importance of understanding where critical data is stored in an organization so that it can be protected appropriately was stressed by Donald Soulsby, vice president, architecture strategies, at Sandhill Consultants in a session titled, "Managing Data Vulnerabilities," at Data Summit 2017.

The Internet of Things is the next big trend on the horizon for many enterprises, forcing them to examine a plethora of new business opportunities and determine ways to glean insights from existing customers, products, and operations. To address the needs and implications of IoT, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor at Radiant Advisors, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader at SAS Institute, held a joint presentation at Data Summit 2017 focusing on the rise of IoT.

The importance of reacting quickly to data threats was highlighted at Data Summit 2017 by Cy Erbay, senior director of technology, Striim.

NoSQL database provider MarkLogic has launched MarkLogic 9, which adds new data integration, security and manageability capabilities. This is the largest and most ambitious release in MarkLogic's history, according to Joe Pasqua, executive vice president, products, of MarkLogic. A particular area of focus in MarkLogic 9 is secure sharing of information so that organizations can leverage their data assets in a governed manner. "The whole point that enterprises are trying to achieve with big data and data in general is sharing it and leveraging it so that it can be used for it for new revenue opportunities and to improve processes," said Pasqua.