Strata + Hadoop World New York is an event I look forward to attending each year. I like the sessions, speakers, and also seeing how the attendees and vendors have evolved over time. When I first began attending SHW 4 or 5 years ago, the attendees were only about 200 people, and this year in NYC they topped 6,300! As a result, the conference has had to move from the New York Hilton to the Javits Center, since it is such a huge event now.
As with Big Data itself, focusing on the sheer volume of conference attendees doesn’t tell the whole story. Here are a few of my observations from the conference.
- Early majority now joining the fray. As I mentioned, I’ve attended Strata for 4-5 years, and knowing that others also return every year, I expected more attendees at the sessions around emerging technologies that are gaining adoption, such as Spark or Kafka. Although this did occur, I underestimated the heavy attendance in sessions for people just attending Strata for the first time. This means the ‘beginner’ sessions were packed, for every person who’s been using Hadoop for years and now wants to experiment with Spark, there are still scores more trying to learn R or learn how to deploy Hadoop in a feasible way.