First of all, congratulations to the organizers for a great flawless event, if we do not consider the glitch in the Internet connection; also congratulations to all speakers for the enlightening talks; and finally congratulations to us simple attendees for the enthusiasm and the interest we brought in!
From a long-term KNIME user’s perspective, this year’s UGM represented the crowning of a well-rounded, extensive, open, and reliable leader in the field of analytics platforms.
As we learned from the KNIME developers’ talk, after the event opening, KNIME now includes a big data extension to access and SQL-free handle big data platforms; social media connectors to enrich your own data with external information; a Python and a JSON integration which extend the list of already existing integrations to R, Weka, and other tools; modular PMML nodes to build your PMML model step by step; an image processing extension to enlarge the list of existing processing tools, such as the text processing or the network analytics extension.
Professionalism and diversification was also evident in returning and new speakers! Indeed, we enjoyed traditional KNIME strongholds pharma-related talks and projects on more recently introduced analytics topics. Talks ranged from retail analytics to tweets drill-down for user experience in online dating; from fighting malaria with KNIME metanodes to crawling the web for health risk assessment; from replacing bunnies and rats for cosmetic tests with KNIME workflows to upselling in the videogame industry; from fighting cybercrime to CRM analytics; and more.
An entire session rolled around scalability and deployment of enterprise solutions across geographically distributed large and heterogeneous teams; this being the milestone of the reached maturity of the KNIME products and company.
The diversity of topics and integrated tools across talks, the cutting edge current and announced new features for both the KNIME Analytics Platform and the KNIME Server, the enthusiasm of the attendees, the high expertise of the community, proved us the further big step in professionalism and ability to execute that KNIME has taken from the past UGM 2014.
All this is what makes KNIME the leader of open analytics platforms!
This has also been confirmed in the 2015 Gartner report for advanced analytics, published exactly during the UGM days, by placing KNIME in the leader quadrant (http://www.kdnuggets.com/2015/02/gartner-2015-magic-quadrant-advanced-analytics-platforms.html).
If you are looking for more details, just check http://www.knime.org/ugm2015 for presentations slides and pictures of the event!
Looking forward to an even bigger and more diversified event in spring 2016 in Berlin and in fall 2016 in San Francisco!
Below is a picture of my presentation on anomaly detection.