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TIBCO NOW London—Day 1: Be Boldly Awesome, Together

Blog: The Tibco Blog

With day 1 of TIBCO NOW London in the books, talk of Innovation Everywhere doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The day began with most attendees heading straight into Breakout Sessions, Hands-On Labs, and TIBCO Professional Certification Exams. 

At the fast-paced Innovation Hub, attendees had the opportunity to take the Team TIBCO–SVB cycling challenge, sit behind the wheel of the Mercedes AMG-Petronas Motorsport F1 simulator, and network with subject matter experts and other attendees. The General Session filled much of the afternoon, where TIBCO executive, partner, and customer keynotes took the stage to share innovative strategies and industry announcements. 

General Session: The Three Pillars of Innovation

Following a warm welcome to TIBCO NOW in London Day 1, from TIBCO Senior Director of Marketing, EMEA, Emma Acton, (who refuses to apologize for how many times you hear the word ‘innovation’ during TIBCO NOW), Nelson Petracek, TIBCO CTO and Head of TIBCO Labs, made good on that refusal in the afternoon’s General Session. Petracek spoke to the key driver of innovation, data, and how TIBCO provides the foundation that allows customers to connect, unify, and augment that data. “A wide breadth of capabilities is required to provide a platform for innovation. How is your platform evolving?” Petracek posed. 

He then laid out the three key principles TIBCO is focused on to help customers drive innovation within their own organizations: cloud-native, open platforms, and AI as a foundation. These principles surround a strategy that TIBCO has been focusing heavily on, with a number of product-related announcements related to the latest in innovation. 

TIBCO Connected Intelligence Announcements

Christophe Barriolade, Senior Vice President, General Manager of TIBCO EBX, greeted the audience with news of TIBCO Cloud Metadata, a cloud-native metadata management service, available as a service, that is run on the TIBCO Cloud.

Raji Narayanan, Director of Product Management, TIBCO API Platforms, gave details on the new TIBCO Cloud Mashery–Local Developer Portal, which is designed to aid in on-premises and private-cloud deployment. 

Anna Lundberg, Technical Director, TIBCO Spotfire, introduced the new cloud-native Spotfire Data Connectivity, which allows for fast, full-service access to data of any type, in any cloud.

Tobias Lehtipalo, Senior Director of Product Management, Spotfire, at TIBCO, announced TIBCO Spotfire 10.6. Spotfire now allows for more open-source data sources than ever before, and users can now continuously build on streaming history. With data living everywhere throughout an organization, TIBCO Spotfire must too, which is why it can now be delivered through a web browser. TIBCO Spotfire 10.6 also makes AI a part of the immersive Spotfire experience, allowing users to explore any data with one click. 

TIBCO also knows that many customers have Apache Kafka as a component in their architectures, which is why it developed TIBCO Messaging Manager. TIBCO Messaging Manager allows users to design and build a central point of control and automation for all of your Apache Kafka environment. Matt Ellis, Senior Product Manager and Head of Open Source Software at TIBCO announced the Project Flogo Streaming User Interface.

Software today must be understandable by both developers and data scientists, and they speak different languages when it comes to technology. To help ensure a similar language is understood by all, Ellis introduced CatalystML, a 100% open-source solution that can be embedded into an application for real-time data. 

Customers and Partners also took the stage to discuss how TIBCO technologies are driving innovation within their companies. Alessandro Lanna, Global IT Integration Architect from Campari Group, detailed how his passion for his work and collaboration with his peers helps him innovate with TIBCO solutions. Casey McGee, Vice President of Partner Development at Microsoft, focused on how quickly the market can change based on how quickly technology changes, and what a company can do to keep up. McGee also announced a renewal and updates to the Microsoft/TIBCO partnership, because ‘there is a transformation outcome that comes from TIBCO and Microsoft working together.” 


Be Boldly Awesome, Together 

Matt Quinn, TIBCO’s COO, rounded out the afternoon keynotes with a familiar message. He recapped all the exciting product announcements and how the TIBCO platform is evolving to accommodate a breadth of customer needs in the areas of connecting, unifying, and augmenting data. 

Quinn asked the audience to take a step back for a moment, to consider how we might be hindering our own innovation via what we already know. “Today’s innovation is held back by yesterday’s constraints,” Quinn explained. “We are using principles that have existed since the dawn of computers. Even though tools today are vastly superior to those of yesteryear, we’re still putting the same principles of yesteryear on our systems today.” 


He posed a challenge to the audience: rethink the way we build systems, and stop letting our design constraints hamper our innovation. “Technology should be unlocking innovation, not constraining it,” Quinn exclaimed. “We build systems today based on the ‘knowns’; it’s very scary to build a system that has to prepare for the unknown.” 

Taking his exit with a short but meaningful addition to his trademark saying, Quinn encouraged attendees to “Be boldly awesome, but let’s do it together!” 

The evening wound down with a Welcome Reception in the Innovation Hub, providing snacks, beverages, and more networking opportunities for all who attended. Tune in tomorrow for a recap of day two and an announcement of our TIBCO Trailblazer Award winners. For more on the product announcements made at TIBCO NOW, check back next week for a detailed list. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram at the hashtag #TIBCONOW.

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