Things are always changing when it comes to technology. Keeping up to date is a constant challenge. One way to stay current with what's going on is to attend one or more big data conferences. The presentations let you hear from experts, exhibitions let you check out vendor conferences, and coffee breaks between talks let you mingle and talk shop with peers. Some conferences have more of an academic slant, while some are more focused on practical applications of technologies, so think through what you hope to learn from attending and then budget for one or more of these big data conferences in 2016.
1. Big Data Innovation Summit.
The Big Data Innovation Summit has "Making Your Data Actionable" as its theme, and the focus is all about practical ways of getting value from your big data. Speakers include chief data officers, vice presidents, and other analytics leaders from industry leaders like eBay and Microsoft. Subjects covered range from high-level panel discussions on using data analytics in order to achieve business success to detailed technical topics like keeping sensitive data safe in Hadoop.
2. Strata + Hadoop World.
The Strata + Hadoop World conference is focused on the practicalities of adopting and succeeding with big data. Presentations including case studies, best practices, and in-depth tutorials help attendees figure out how to apply the latest technology to their business scenarios. Speakers aren't just executives and managers, but include engineers with hands-on experience applying big data techniques to business problems.
3. DBTA Data Summit.
The Database Trends and Applications Data Summit brings together technology leaders, business executives, and hands-on practitioners from across industry and government in order to share strategies for success in the world of big data and virtualization. The topics help attendees deal with practical issues such as transitioning from relational databases to NOSQL databases and data-as-a-service. Two colocated events, Hadoop Day and Virtualization Day, let you focus on the details of these technologies that underlie many big data projects.
4. Data Center World.
Focus on the hardware and facilities side of big data projects when you attend Data Center World. Tracks cover topics including infrastructure management and power and cooling. The As A Service and Evolving IT tracks will be of particular interest to data center managers running big data projects in their facilities.
5. Enterprise Data World.
2016's event will be the 20th annual Enterprise Data World Conference. The event brings together more than 120 speakers, including thought leaders on data topics including governance, big data, and analytics. Thirty-five major brands will present case studies of their data project experience. Hands-on workshops let attendees learn practical big data skills such as programming in "R".
6. IEEE Big Data.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers sponsors a number of big data-related conferences. These meetings are more theoretical and forward-looking, with researchers presenting the results of their current investigations.
7. Cloud Computing Expo.
Multiple related technologies—cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data, analytics, dev ops, and more—come together at Cloud Expo. More than 150 sessions cover these topics and help attendees learn about the infrastructure, providers, and applications. Learn how to transform your data center through meetings with vendors and live technology demos.
8. Data Storage Innovation Conference.
Big data requires lots of storage. Learn the latest storage trends at the Data Storage Innovation Conference. The conference covers the infrastructure needed for big data, cloud storage, and data security, among other topics. Vendor-neutral tutorials present unbiased explanations of storage technologies. Practical sessions focused on best practices for backups and disaster recovery as well as forward-looking sessions on technology changes give attendees information they can use now and in the future.