On Tuesday, 3 December 2013 I had the pleasure to attend two very interesting Big Data events in Munich, Germany.
Our Hadoop partner MapR invited me to talk at the Big Data World Congress 2013 in Munich. I talked about “Big Data Science in the Cloud” and presented one of the more practical talks of the conference. My slides are available at slideshare. Summarising my talk I am convinced that all the technology required to apply Big Data Science in the Cloud is available today. But proper Big Data Scientists with technical and methodological knowledge are required for efficient and successful data analyses. Furthermore, in many areas it makes sense to ask the experts. For example, for data security issues ask the Bitkom and for highly efficient MongoDB databases in the cloud, turn to a MongDB-as-a-Service solution like MongoSoup, the one offered by comSysto on German servers. Unfortunately, I was only able to visit one day of the conference. But my impression is that most of the 150 participants and speakers recognised the gap between collecting data and creating business value from the data. Many different solutions like the 4Ps introduced by Deutsche Telekom were discussed. Nice networking events, e.g. the “expert speed dating session” provided the chance to exchange knowledge and contacts.
In the evening, the Elite Network of Bavaria invited to a “Big Data and Responsibility” forum. Richard von Schirach started the event by reading from his book “Die Nacht der Physiker”, and Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the LMU and LRZ provided an excellent overview of available Big Data technologies. Presenting a real-time tool monitoring the latest network activities – such as reading emails with non-encrypted passwords – he provided a deep insight and awareness of data security issues. The following panel session was all about data security and solutions. Again, the evening ended with a lot of conservation about Big Data and its challenges among the roughly 250 participants.
For me it became clear that we currently have a Big Data skills shortage (“Fachkräftemangel”) in Germany, and companies such as comSysto are required to help many customers to create business value out of their data. If you are interested in improving your personal Big Data profile, please check the comSysto trainings and events, where comSysto experts share their knowledge with you.