This morning I explored the zoo that is No SQL with some savvy college kids at SMU. I’m always impressed with the talent at SMU and love the opportunity to visit their beautiful campus. No SQL is a fascinating topic. It and what it often supports – “Big Data” – are going to be two of the most important technologies of the next decade as the IPO of Splunk makes clear.

Organizations that get it and invest in No SQL will gain advantages in agility and insight. The challenge will be convincing IT professionals and architects to embrace No SQL solutions after nearly half a century of only relational thought processes.

I like to be where the early innovators are because that’s when it’s fun. For Big Data and NO SQL, it’s the wild west right now.

Giddyup for the slides!