Sadly, I had to return to Chicagoland last Thursday afternoon from Strata 2014 in Santa Clara. The pleasant Silicon Valley weather was a much-needed respite from the severe Midwest winter. And Strata 2014 was plenty good too.

Like most of the record 3,100 attendees, I participated all three days – day one of tutorials and days two and three of short keynote and 40 minute sessions. My OpenBI colleagues and I had a number of conference objectives revolving on affirming the latest and greatest big data/analyics technologies and methods. The consensus amongst us was mission accomplished.

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