Thanks for the memories

May 5, 2010

It’s been more than a week since PARTNERS concluded, and I’m still coming down from my Teradata buzz. At numerous presentations and informal chats, I learned about the exciting, innovative ways Teradata users are leveraging data. That’s certainly a theme for anyone familiar with Teradata Magazine. But even when I think I’ve heard it all, I learned in one session about a retailer that has developed a formula to predict sales of items down to the hour of the day. As a result, analysts will be able to track items that are selling at an atypical rate or when something is about to become out of stock at one of its stores. They will then be able to alert the store manager before the day’s purchase orders are made. This was just one of many innovations I learned about. As I sift through my copious notes, I find myriad nuggets of these types of ingenious initiatives.

At the same time, I met so many dedicated, brilliant business intelligence (BI) professionals. It was a veritable who’s who of data warehousing’s best and brightest—consultants, thought leaders and industry analysts, as well as Teradata’s customers, partners and associates—too many to name. Many of these luminaries have