Axian Practice Leads Speak at “Ignite TAO V8”

What is Ignite TAO V8?Ignite v8 logo
Each year, for the past 8 years, the Technology Association of Oregon has hosted a fast-paced evening of folks speaking to Technology topics in rapid fire. The event takes place in front of a couple hundred of your colleagues. How rapid you ask? Well, the format provides each speaker with 5-minutes and slides that auto advance every 15 seconds…go!

Two of our Practice Leads at Axian gave talks at the event. We’d like to have them share their thoughts, as well as videos of their talks here:

From Shawn Duffy, our Business Intelligence Practice Lead:

Data Lifecycle: Dude, Where’s my Data?

Data Lifecycle Recap
I was lucky enough to be selected for a second year to participate and to share my thoughts on the Data Lifecycle. The objective of the presentation was illumination of how data is managed and discuss the extent of the overlap between data management and product management.

Below is the video capture of that presentation:

For more information on the Data Lifecycle, please feel free to reach out directly to us  to have a more personalized conversation about how the Data Lifecycle can work better for you.

From Tyler Holmes, our Collaboration Software Practice Lead:

Hacking with the Cloud

About Brevity

The Tech Ignite v8 format was a little hair raising, but it definitely gave this presenter a lesson in conciseness. To complicate the brevity challenge, I ended up choosing a topic that can be hard to summarize:

What capabilities have cloud computing enabled for the lay person…that used to just be available to big hacking groups?

Just the Highlights
For the all the gory details feel free to watch the video, it’s just 5 minutes (see below). TAO did a great job of  not only hosting the event (which was wonderful!) but also sharing recorded content with presenters and attendees alike.


For Those With Less Time
For those who don’t have 5 minutes, please allow me two bullets:

  1. You can now solve computing problems that used to require whole distributed computing clusters to solve. This lets you take on problems that used to confound the resources of whole University faculties. This same power would also let you temporarily launch a DDoS attack.
  2. You can now crack over 90% of the protected passwords in the world. The tools are open source, the techniques are public, all that’s missing is a cluster of rented GPUs in the cloud to speed you along. You can also use this same power for Deep Learning, a buzz word you’ll likely be hearing more of as we get better at training computers with new skills.

What It Means For Us (at Axian)
At Axian we love it when technology disrupts convention, and powerful capabilities become commoditized (as is now happening to cloud computing). It levels the playing field and enables our customers to tackle problems that used to only be available to those with deep pockets.

If you like to solve problems, this year has an even bigger inventory of problems that can be solved with data and computing! I can’t wait to see what we’ll be building in the rest of 2017 🙂

What next?

Let Axian come to the rescue and help define your BI, collaboration, or custom software strategy, develop a roadmap, work with your business community to identify the next project, and provide clarity and direction to a daunting task. For more details about Axian, Inc. click here to view our client stories or email us directly to setup a meeting.