Shuttling to yet another information technology (IT) conference, I arrived in Las Vegas feeling down. The glittering lights reflected the superficiality of the place, forcing me to reflect upon the superficiality of the IT industry. From tech sales declines to tech equity lows to tech firm layoffs, being an IT professional has been unsettling. Have we had a positive impact on our economy, or was it all an Enron-like illusion?

The taxi dropped me at the conference center. It was packed with approximately 3,000 people from many countries, all attending the Teradata PARTNERS User Group Conference and Expo. They seemed excited and energetic. However, were they excited about some old data warehousing stuff?

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