Friday, November 23, 2012
Donald Farmer speaking in San Diego
uh... ok, so it's actually their 2012 holiday party. But it was my birthday first, so work with me here...
Anyway, the local TDWI chapther is throwing a party and has gotten none other than Donald Farmer to come and speak.
For those that don't recognize the name, check out a short bio here. He's perhaps best known for being one of the visionaries on the Project Gemini team at Microsoft that delivered PowerPivot to the world. He's since moved on to QlikTech to become their new VP of Product Management and is continuing to lead and innovate in the Self-Service BI and Analytics space.
He'll be sharing his thoughts on "how we can develop BI practices that meet basic human needs for information, exploration and decision making." Looks like he'll actually give 2 separate talks. Check out the details here:
Highly recommend coming out if you're in the area. If you've never seen Donald Farmer speak or read any of his work, you're in for a real treat. The guy is, in my opinion, one of the best speakers and one of the sharpest minds in the BI space. Very entertaining, great sense of humor, and one of the most graceful technology presenters I've seen. His keynote at SQLBits on PowerPivot a couple years back is still one of my favorites of all time. Partly because it was on a topic and a technology that I love and use every day now. But more importantly, because the presentation was a masterful use of imagery (to the exclusion of slide text) with several smooth transitions from vision to live demo and back again. Plus several doses of a his subtle, dry humor thrown in just to keep the audience riveted.
Anyway, the guy's a real pro and I'd bet a lot of money that he'll put on a great show and offer some interesting and enlightening takes on the state of the BI art and the road ahead. Hope to see some of you guys there. And don't feel obligated to bring me gifts.. =P