Federal Systems Integrators and Hadoop World 2013: A particularly important combination

Hadoop World will be Oct 28-30 in NYC.

We all know there are complex dynamics at play regarding government technologists and travel and conferences. Conference attendance is being scrutinized. Travel is being slashed. And time away from the office is also being criticized. We have written before about these many dynamics and the importance of empathy for the government IT professional at times like these. But I’m starting to realize that this dynamic is now going to hurt the nation in an even worse way.  With government attendance at events like Hadoop World very likely to be reduced significantly, fewer and fewer government employees will be able to directly share in the exchange of lessons learned at this event.

Hadoop World is led and presented by the community focused team at Cloudera plus the experienced tech media champions at O’Reilly. This is the place to go to learn best practices regarding the new Big Data framework of solutions. Thousands of the globe’s best minds in data gather here yearly to learn, connect and share knowledge with each other. The nation needs government to benefit from this exchange of knowledge and creation of wisdom  and it needs this now more than ever.  Government missions and functions like research into cures for horrible diseases, the search for improved healthcare methods, the seeking of solutions to employment challenges and the optimization of government functions require new big data approaches.  But it is easy to predict this- government attendance at this event will be very light.

The best answer would be for all government data professionals who can contribute to go to this event in person. But that isn’t going to happen. I’ll promise to be there and will report many lessons.  And I’m working with the Strata crew to provide live streaming via the CTOvision site. but still, none of this can replace being there. The government needs something else that is more optimal.

That is where the systems integrators can contribute.

Systems integrators big and small have long engaged with this event. I’ve interacted with champions from Booz Allen, Lockheed, and Northrop Grumman there. I’ve also been honored to run into real champions from smaller but very capable firms, like Novii Design/Six3,  GCE and many other very virtuous firms from the federal space. I’m sure these winners plan on attending again.

But I have no doubt the government missions would benefit if there was a bigger presence from the federal systems integrator world. The more talent from the integrators that are at Hadoop World the better. The best integrators are always looking to find faster ways to innovate and have been gravitating towards the CDH platform already. Attending this event will allow this innovation to go faster I’m sure. It will help integrators big and small learn more ways to better serve government missions and perhaps help fill the gap left by the dropping off of government employee attendance.

If you are a systems integrator please consider this and please sign up now.

And, whether or not you are a systems integrator, please use my discount code when you register to receive a 20% discount off the registration fee. Every dollar counts at times like these.

To receive your discount register at: Hadoop World and enter the code: CTOVIZ

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