I recently had the honor of delivering the keynote at the “The Journey to the Top” Event at SAP UK headquarters, and you can see my slides and a video in my previous post  How Data is Powering The Future of Business: Trends and Opportunities.

Here’s what I took away from the event:

The world is changing—so we should probably innovate!

Many presenters took the opportunity to remind the audience about some of the underlying global trends that are both forcing and enabling innovation. Thankfully, most avoided this kind of opening, which plagues analytics presentations to this day!

“Did you know there’s more data THAN EVER BEFORE?!” (er, yes, we

Expectations are higher than ever

The higher expectations of customers and users was a general theme throughout the day—whatever we’ve been doing in the past, it’s time to rethink and do better.

Why? Because new technologies mean that more intuitive interfaces—such as natural-language and voice interaction—are now possible. And because if companies or IT departments don’t implement them, they risk losing their roles to someone who will!.

Richard Mooney showed off some of the new possibilities, with a demo of natural language querying, powered by machine learning. In general, new “augmented analytics” features allow organizations to rethink analytics throughout the organization, breaking down many of the useability barriers that have stopped data from being used more widely.