Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

Stephen Wolfram shows that computational knowledge can interact with connected devices.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

The Fidelity venue (FCAT) was conducive to thinking big.

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Future of Data and Devices

Xconomist Michael Schrage (left) stirs the pot with John Joseph of DataGravity and Jit Saxena, founder of Netezza (far right).

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

Fidelity host Danielle Duplin supported the program and kept us all honest.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

There was plenty of networking after the program. And even non-alcoholic beverages, should you choose to go that way.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

Left to right: Steve Baier (Fidelity), Adam Kocoloski (Cloudant), Justin Borgman (Hadapt), and Chip Hazard (Flybridge) talk next-gen data infrastructure and the needs of business users.

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Future of Data and Devices

The ever watchful Katie Rae from Techstars Boston leads a chat about startup growth.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

The fast-paced program kept the audience on their toes. Do I really not see a single iPhone?

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Future of Data and Devices

G20's Bob Hower (left) and entrepreneur Ajeet Bagga share a thought about enterprise IT.

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Future of Data and Devices

Meeting of the minds between R.R. Donnelley CEO Tom Quinlan (left) and the MIT Media Lab's Sandy Pentland.

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Future of Data and Devices

Brian Shin of Mustbin and Visible Measures shares an idea with Atlas Venture's Chris Lynch.

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Future of Data and Devices

Audience questions challenged the speakers and prodded for deeper insights.

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Future of Data and Devices

Our audience seemed quite pleased with the day's topics and layout.

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Future of Data and Devices

Veracode's Bob Brennan shares a laugh with CommonAngels' Maia Heymann. About the oh-so-funny topic of digital privacy and security. Of which we have none left.

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Future of Data and Devices

David Chang from PayPal Media Network talks about the Boston-area tech startup ecosystem.

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Future of Data and Devices

You mean that app on my phone is sharing my contacts AND my location?

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Future of Data and Devices

Jon Hirschtick of Belmont Technology (and founder of SolidWorks) makes a point with North Bridge's Ric Fulop (right).

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Future of Data and Devices

The Godfather, Part I and II: Jit Saxena meets with Chris Lynch.

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Future of Data and Devices

The idea that big-data analytics can actually start to solve business problems is intriguing, isn't it. What should we do about it?

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Future of Data and Devices

How do you get this piece of paper to swipe? GrabCAD's Hardi Meybaum (left) and Bolt's Ben Einstein will figure it out.

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Future of Data and Devices

The amount of data being shared by our drinks alone boggles the mind.

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Future of Data and Devices

Rodney Lusk of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (left) makes a point with Ted Carr of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications and another attendee.

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Future of Data and Devices

The walls have ears, so careful what you talk about in public. Or online. Or anywhere.

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Future of Data and Devices

Rob Gonzalez from Salsify (formerly with Endeca) makes a point about data flow in e-commerce.

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Future of Data and Devices

There's plenty of beer and wine to the right, gentlemen.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

Stephen Wolfram (left) shares a thought with SolidWorks founder Jon Hirschtick.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

How is a printing company innovating in the age of cloud and big data? Let R.R. Donnelley's Tom Quinlan tell you.

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Future of Data and Devices

Future of Data and Devices

MIT's Sandy Pentland (left) holds court after his fireside chat about building a data exchange.

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D2 is in the books. Our “Future of Data and Devices” tech conference on Thursday delivered on its promise to stir up discussion of where big data, the cloud, and connected devices are converging—and how entrepreneurs and innovators can stay ahead of the curve.

What did we learn? Here are four of my broad takeaways:

1. A major shift in IT is occurring (which occurs only once every 10-15 years) whereby analytics technologies are actually starting to solve real business problems. That’s from Jit Saxena, one of the godfathers of big data. (He admitted that back in his Netezza days, the attitude was more like, “I don’t care about your business problems, look at this cool technology.”)

2. The world has become much more distributed in terms of product design, development, marketing, and talent. Smart companies across different industries are figuring out how to tap into cloud connectivity, data sharing, and more efficient ways of making both software and hardware.

3. Watch out for the apps on your phone that harvest your contacts or location without your knowing about it. Digital privacy is all but dead.

4. Customer data is becoming a form of currency—and an entire ecosystem is emerging to support it. This ecosystem touches, and will even drive, sectors such as healthcare, finance, energy, transportation, and government. That’s from MIT’s Sandy Pentland, who has thought very deeply about these trends.

We had a lot of fun organizing the sessions. Thanks to our always fabulous hosts, the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT) in Boston. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Cisco, Comcast Business, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, MFA—Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, and Roundtable (R.R. Donnelley). And thanks, of course, to all of our speakers and attendees, who made the event amazing.

Last but certainly not least, big thanks to our longtime photographer, Keith Spiro, for the event pictures—check out more of his work at KeithSpiroPhoto courtesy of Kendall PRess.

Enjoy the photo recap above, and see you all next time.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323.

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