"Doing complex things the right way means visual programming for data science: It provides the right level of abstraction to focus on modeling your data process and also enables transparency and governance,” said Michael Berthold, as he opened KNIME Spring Data Talks on March 24, 2021.
On that day, over 2000 data scientists, business leaders, and data science enthusiasts signed up to meet online for an engaging afternoon to discuss data science in action at the first KNIME Spring Data Talks. This format, which is shorter and more suitable for online, is the replacement for our Spring and Fall Summits (previously held in Berlin and Austin respectively) - at least until we can meet again in person! Besides these two main events, this format comes in more regional and topical editions throughout the year.
The speakers presented applications of KNIME in their organizations across marketing, banking, drug research, and more. Their use cases included orchestrating application building with multiple technologies through to advanced MLOps for many models. One of the highlights for us was the positive response to the interactive breakout sessions. These offered deep dives into topics such as AI operations management, process mining, and cheminformatics.
In the What’s New and Cooking session, we got a peek into work in progress. New functionality in KNIME Software includes greater capabilities for KNIME WebPortal applications, easier collaboration with public spaces on the KNIME Hub, and more connectivity and integrations, such as Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, and Spark 3.0. The Community and Partner session highlighted the involvement from our active community. The first ever KNIME Video Star Awards were presented for informative videos about KNIME Software. And INFOCOM CORPORATION and thaltegos, were announced as the respective winners of the 2021 Partner of the Year and Partner Innovation Awards.
A panel discussion on success criteria for implementing data science platforms across the enterprise concluded the program. Thank you to Yentran Trang from BOSCH IT and Ioannis Magnisalis from the European Commission for sharing your insights.
Stay tuned for the KNIME Fall Data Talks at the end of September and more local and special-interest editions in the meantime.