It has been just over a year since the last time I was reminded of a simple principle. Last March, it was the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit. This year, it was the Google Cloud Next event. The principle is this … if you are the smartest person in the room, find another room. I was most certainly in a different room, and somewhat overwhelmed by what I experienced. But as a Product Management leader, it is an experience I find necessary and useful from time to time.
Roughly 30,000 people … some of the leading technical minds of our era … topics such as the launch of Google Anthos (their multi-cloud capabilities), Containers, Kubernetes, Redis/NoSQL, and so much more I can only begin to understand at a foundational level. So why does a Product guy even subject himself to Analytic Summits and Cloud Events? Simple answer, really.