I started this year with a “Happy New Year for a new challenge!“. After about 20 years of being employed, I decided to start of 2018 als a self-employed Data & Analytics consultant at DaAnalytics (a combination of Daan & Analytics). A series of interesting challenges lied ahead.
The first and most important one, was me joining Pong. The reason I joined Pong as a Self-Employed professional, is that Pong offers me the possibility to work together with a number of enthusiastic, experienced entrepreneurs. Within Pong I am responsible for the Data & Analytics Business Unit. I have written down more of my motives in this article (Dutch).
Apart from joining Pong there were a few other hi-lights. I will mention a few.
In January I attended the Full Scale Data Architecture College Tour. As mentioned in a postI wrote back then; Ronald Damhof (the host of the event) and Sylvia Butzke (COO at PGGM Investments) gave an unique opportunity to step into the boardroom and find out what an executive thinks about IT, architects, architecture and data in particular.
At the beginning of June we hosted the nlOUG Tech Experience at the Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort. This is an event with 69 speakers from 19 countries, who give more than 70 sessions on ground-breaking topics in the field of Oracle (related) Technology. I had the privilege to take the stand in one of the old train wagons. In my presentation I covered the Challenges & Pitfalls of Data Visualization.
I uploaded my slides on SlideShare.
Since the acquisition of Siebel by Oracle, I have been active doing all sorts of projects tied ands closely related to Oracle Analytics. This year I stepped out of my comfort zone several times.
I attended Alteryx Inspire Europe 2018 – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/looking-back-alteryx-inspire-europe-2018-daan-bakboord/
I visited several (almost all organised in NL) Snowflake-sessions. – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/breakfast-insights-snowflake-daan-bakboord/
Along the way I also spend some time with other tooling like; Looker, Talend and WhereScape.
In oktober Oracle’s Open World was held in San Francisco. I was not able to attend, but there were several opportunities afterwards to get a glimpse of the event:
- AMIS held their “Oracle OpenWorld & CodeOne review”- https://lnkd.in/eTizyi6
- Full Orbit organised the “Data Integration & Advanced Analytics Community Update 2018” – https://lnkd.in/eT5bqPj.
- Oracle showed their “Smart Analytics for Everyone” – https://lnkd.in/e74pR2T.
It has been a nice ride in 2018, but I am glad the Holiday Season is about to start. Time for family and friends and an opportunity to re-charge my battery.
Next year will be challenging as always. Some nice opportunities ly ahead. Not only for me personally but also for me as part of Pong. and the Nederlandse Oracle User Group (nlOUG).
Please keep an eye on my LinkIn Pages to stay informed:
- DaAnalytics – https://www.linkedin.com/company/daanalytics/
- DaAnalytics @ Pong – https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/daanalytics-pong/
- DaAnalytics @ nlOUG – https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/daanalytics-nloug/
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019
We already celebrated the past year at Pong. with a Christmas diner / get together in the DoubleTree by Hilton SkyLounge. It was a great event.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2019.
Originally published on LinkedIn.