Posted by: Michael Whitehead
WhereScape, in conjunction with Microsoft and MIP had a very successful week at the Masters of Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Down Under Tour 26 – 30th March. It was a pleasure to bring three of the world’s foremost thought-leaders in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing to New Zealand and Australia. Keynote speaker, Colin White started off the presentations at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on Monday morning. His engaging presentation about next generation Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing had the audience enthused and questions and tweets using the #MastersofBI hash were rolling in. Claudia Imhoff then inspired everyone with her presentation on DIY BI and Analytics. Mike Ferguson’s practical guide to Agile Data Warehousing and BI spurred the biggest discussion of the event as the audience debated his positioning of data virtualization – now there’s a topic for the next Masters of BI. Feedback from the attendees showed that they enjoyed the great mix of speaker’s knowledge and experiences and considered Jimmy Lee’s real life examples as a great addition to the event. By the time day one’s panel session started there were plenty of questions to be discussed and answered.
Day two started with a great talk from Paul Muckleston, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand. Interest in his talk was particularly high given the imminent release of SQL Server 2012. The sessions covered Big Data, Self-Service BI and Data Governance, as well as another cameo from Jimmy Lee on the value of cross functional teams in an agile world.
The sessions were repeated in Sydney a day later. Highlights of the Sydney event included speakers being awarded 6 out of 5 by the audience, and Ron Dunn from Microsoft Australia’s superb introduction. Overall the four day event was a great success with beautiful weather, great speakers and an enthusiastic audience at both at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (March 26 & 27th) and Dolton House, Sydney (March 29 & 30th). The lunch breaks and evening drinks were a great opportunity for attendees to network and mix with the presenters.
Due to the great feedback we plan to do this event again…. Possibly Down Under in another 18 months or sooner in another part of the world!
Photos of the event can be viewed on our Facebook page