Now that I'm back to regularly scheduled business, first up is events for this year.
My cancelled DAMA talk on open source BI and DW (exciting video below) will be rescheduled . It was cancelled due to the freak snowstorm that paralyzed the city. I missed all the car wrecks because I was dragging a suitcase 30 blocks up a deserted street to a bus stop for one of the few buses that hadn't stopped running yet. [video at the end of this post]
I'll be doing a webcast for TDWI on February 14 titled "Enterprise Information Integration Technologies: Uses and Abuses" where I'll talk a little about EII technology and then go through various scenarios and use-cases for EII tools. This touches on both BI-related and non-BI topics since the EII vendors are moving to be broader SOA enabling companies. TDWI requires registration for the webcasts which can be done from their webinar series page - just click the links of the webcasts you're interested (namely this one).
Some time later this spring I'll be doing another with a tentative title of "The Hybrid Warehouse: Extending the BI Environment with Data Federation", with a focus on extending the integration capabilities of the data warehouse/BI environment to address on-demand, event-driven and non-relational data.
Then in May there's the Shared Insights Portals, Collaboration and Content Conference which doesn't have their schedule up yet. I'll be giving a talk titled "Web Data Integration: Methods to Extract and Deliver Data for Portals and Web Applications" Really, this talk ought to be called something like "ETL for the web" since I'll be talking about how to get data to your portal, portlet or whatever data consumer or UI widget you have handy. I'll probably talk some protocols and APIs, but spend more time looking at scrAPIs and vendors starting to offer tools to help us deal with the vast data resource that is the web.
May also has the Boston TDWI conference (no schedule page yet) whre I'll do another round of the ETL course, hopefully with some major updates. I'll also have an entire day of open source BI and DW. This session will be great, with demos from Pentaho, Jasper and hopefully two other open source providers, a panel session and a run through some OSS BI comparisons.
Last on my list is MashupCamp 4 in Silicon Valley in July, where I'll be an attendee though I may do some sort of talk on integrating with BI, DW or databases if that's something that people want to hear about.
Now the video you've been waiting for. Portland, Oregon - winter wonderland.
That first driver looked like he was deliberately crashing based on the engine revving and acceleration.