May 2017 - UPDATE

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Data management is going through a paradigm shift—again, said Joe Caserta, president of Caserta Concepts, who delivered a keynote titled, "Architecting Data for the Modern Enterprise," at Data Summit 2017 in NYC.

BI and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas. Competition is intense, and, more than ever, organizations are demanding faster access to insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better decisions. However, they are also facing challenges in powering real-time business analytics and systems of engagement. Analytic applications and systems of engagement need to be fast and consistent, but traditional database approaches, including RDBMS and first-generation NoSQL solutions, can be challenging to maintain, and costly, according to Aerospike CTO and co-founder Brian Bulkowski in a presentation at Data Summit 2017.

The world demands us to be available 24/7 and businesses are asking the same of their analytics. Apache Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Kudu, and others are modernizing the data platform, providing real-time analytics and insights. Shant Hovsepian, CTO and co-founder of Arcadia Data, discussed strategies for enabling a real-time enterprise during his session, titled "Four Ways to Scale Interactive Analytics and BI for Real-Time Insights" at Data Summit 2017.

Self-service analytics has many benefits, but it's also caused the data landscape within many companies to become like the Wild West, said Jon Pilkington, chief products officer at Datawatch, during a presentation, titled "Revolutionizing Self-Service Data Preparation & Analysis," at Data Summit 2017. The secret to better data and analytics outcomes, he says, is "data socialization."

As many organizations begin to look to the cloud to increase the efficiency and availability of their databases and applications while reducing costs and complexity, one of the reasons for pause is concern about security. This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, engaged in an entertaining conversation on the topic of cloud security.