Predicting the Future

Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

This time of year always finds me in reflective mood, contemplating the year-not-quite-yet-behind us – what I might have done differently, or better – and so the invitation to travel to Finland and to present to a TDWI meeting on “Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence 5 Years From Now” was irresistible.
 
Between ruminating on the recent past – and speculating about future data warehousing, circa 2015 – I forgot to check the weather forecast.  This turned out to be a serious mistake, as the daytime temperature in Helsinki last week was -14 degrees Celsius and I had packed nothing warmer than a summer raincoat and had omitted to bring hat, gloves or scarf with me.  When the local Teradata team politely enquired if I would be able to manage the short walk to the restaurant for lunch, I told them, in best British stiff-upper lip style, that “cold was a state of mind” and that I would be fine. I was still shivering with cold several hours later! 
 
Predicting the future is, of course, fraught with difficulty, but hopefully my professional predictions will turn out to be more valuable than my ability to prophesy the winter weather in Finland.  At any rate, I was rash enough to make five predictions about the state of data warehousing and business intelligence in the next decade in my presentation.  If you can find some time over the festive season to contribute your own perspective on industry trends and where they might lead us five years from now, we’d love to hear from you, so do please join the debate.
 
Lastly, I thank you all for your interest in Teradata and for your time and attention in 2009; best wishes to you and yours for a relaxing holiday surrounded by friends and family and I look forward to speaking with you all in 2010.

Martin Willcox

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