And Talend Connect San Francisco is a Wrap

March 14, 2013 --

On Tuesday, the fifth Talend Connect was held at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco – and it was a huge success. After Boston, Frankfurt, Paris and London, this day was a great opportunity for our clients, users, partners and staff to meet, network, share information and have some fun.

After breakfast, everyone gathered in the main session room, and the unlucky ones who were not able to grab a seat went to the overflow room where a live feed broadcasted the sessions.

The first session of the day was a live discussion between our conference moderator, the ever-excellent Mark Jeffries, and Talend’s CEO & co-founder Bertrand Diard. Among many topics, Bertrand highlighted the changes in the IT landscape and how open source drives innovation.

The second session was yours truly’s, and I really had fun hearing the gasps in audience when I announced I had 117 slides to go through to discuss the history of open source and how it affects everyone in the ecosystem. I managed to go through the content in 17 minutes, just 2 minutes over what I had announced. The video from the session is not live yet (coming soon!) but if you are interested I had delivered the same content at Talend Connect London.

Our customer Bank of America then presented their path from the early adoption of Talend to it becoming mission critical for their big data (and more) projects. Among the highlights, the speakers mentioned the ease of learning (and thus of finding Talend developers), the runtime performance, and presented compelling ROI data.

During the morning break, attendees had the opportunity to discuss and interact with our sponsors – technology and integration partners – without whom this event could not have taken place.  Talend experts were also available at the Talend Genius Bar.

After the break, Mark Jeffries interviewed the Guy Who Drives the Roadmap, Ciaran Dynes, and grilled him on topics as diverse as Hadoop adoption, hybrid cloud, code generation, and more.  Mark then introduced… himself, and explained to the audience why they are all in sales – and how to sell themselves by listening before taking action.

Lunch offered the opportunity to network with our Product Marketing team who were animating Birds of a Feather tables. After lunch, the meeting promptly resumed with 3 parallel tracks: Strategize, Align, Execute.

Jeff Kelly from Wikibon was next on the agenda when all attendees gathered again in the main room and presented the lay of the land of the big data market, and how big data helps to scale businesses.  Jeff then joined several of our partners on a panel led by Mark Jeffries, before the final session: the keynote of Ju-Kay Kwek, BigQuery Product Manager at Google. Ju-Kay focused on how to make big data simpler and more affordable.

And then we were able to network and interact some more around drinks and appetizers. After all, this is what Talend Connect was for – reinforce the links within the Talend ecosystem.

We hope you enjoyed it – or if you missed it, that you will come next time!