I had the opportunity to participate in two pretty good conferences in 2011. The first was the data science-oriented Strata by O'Reilly in February, the other the more traditional BI/Netezza-focused Enzee Universe in June.

One striking difference between the two was the median age of participants:  it seems baby-faced “Stratans” might well have been the progeny of graybeard “Enzeens.” I believe that age divide between the nascent DS and the now-mature BI is most telling.

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