Conclusions from the FIWARE Tech Summit 2017

The event in Malaga/Spain, where high-ranking industry representatives met together with leading technology pioneers on November 28/29, 2017, looked at nothing less than the future of smart solutions. DATA AHEAD was invited along with around 95 other speakers to deliver reports from the field – and to open the Tech Summit with a keynote address.

A plea for data democratization and open source

Our Chief Marketing Officer Chief Marketing Officer Ulrich Grauvogel spoke at the start of the event, where he was given the opportunity to address the 415 participants and 21 exhibitors and get them in the mood for the two-day intensive exchange that lay ahead.

He offered a frank account of how the data management technologies that currently dominate are reaching their limits with enforced formats and proprietary structures, explaining that, instead, big data applications of the future would require flexible interconnectivity and loss-free raw data in order to unleash their full capabilities. He added that, in order to do this, it would be necessary to overcome the technological barriers in the heads of IT managers, whose thought patterns were still rooted in the 1980s and 1990s – while another digital revolution was already under way with “democratic” open source technologies and modern access architectures.

Entirely in keeping with the hosts FIWARE Foundation and IDSA, the International Data Spaces Association, Grauvogel then emphasized the importance of defining handling rules instead of data standards for industrial data, adding that the world did not need new interface standards that were in competition with old standards or other new standards.

By contrast, there is an urgent need for rules to manage the introduction of new services and microservices and the retirement of old ones in the concert of interoperable applications. In order to overcome the tyranny of proprietary formats and integrated systems, he believes that the key to the future lies in ensuring a diplomatic dialog between all stakeholders within an open-system structure. He concluded by saying that this defined a joint political/theoretical framework, and this was the perfect point to lead directly into the practical part of the agenda.

Best practice examples for an e-smart world

Cities, industry, institutions and agriculture – these were the major topics that were presented at the Tech Summit Use Cases and can be seen as trailblazers in the market.

On behalf of DATA AHEAD, our developers Markus Igel and Ian Knox spoke about the challenges associated with access to industrial mass raw data and how these challenges can be met together with ELASTIC GEARTM.

Since, with its aid, all data sources can be completely homogenized, indexed and linked, this technology is vastly superior to conventional data memories or SQL structures. This can be seen immediately, on the one hand, in the improved performance, since huge volumes of data can be searched through in real time in a matter of seconds and evaluated with fine-grained analyses. On the other hand, this is also apparent in terms of flexibility for future applications, since all the raw data remains unchanged and will thus remain equally semantically addressable and freely correlatable even many years down the line.

We were delighted about the positive feedback we received and the personal discussions that followed afterwards. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank the many people who showed an interest in us and what we do, and of course the organizers for their invitation to be part of the event. Thanks to their practical relevance and openness for cooperations, the FIWARE Summits are an important platform for successfully moving forward the digital transformation. This was borne out by the fact that the event has grown again by 30%.