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TDWI BI Executive Summit puts emerging BI trends on display

TDWI conference attendees discussed big data's usefulness, data gathering in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and other BI and analytics trends.

After returning from the 2013 TDWI Business Intelligence Executive Summit in San Diego, SearchBusinessAnalytics Site Editor Ed Burns sat down for an interview about the proceedings at the business intelligence and data warehousing event with colleague Don Fluckinger, news director of sister site SearchHealthIT. In this podcast, they discuss some of the business intelligence (BI) trends that were on display at the conference, held in August by The Data Warehousing Institute.

Most notable was the skepticism about big data analytics and management. Speakers and other attendees were primarily concerned with solving specific business problems, which often involved simplified, targeted BI projects rather than large-scale data discovery initiatives.

Additionally, attendees expressed concern that the revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, brought to light by former IT contractor Edward Snowden, might foster opposition to corporate efforts to gather large amounts of customer data. Will increasing concerns over privacy among consumers make it difficult for businesses to get their hands on the data they need to drive their customer analytics programs? Take a listen to learn more.

Ed Burns is site editor of SearchBusinessAnalytics. Email him at eburns@techtarget.comand follow him on Twitter: @EdBurnsTT.

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Do you think big data lives up to the hype, or should businesses focus on more targeted projects?