Graph enthusiasts came together for the largest GraphConnect yet, with a range of talks from the world’s leading companies

Neo Technology, creator of the world’s leading graph database, Neo4j, announced the conclusion of its largest and most successful GraphConnect San Francisco conference yet.

Held last month, customers, partners and industry leaders from across the globe gathered to share insights and best practices on the latest trends and applications of graph database technology in the enterprise and beyond.

“The growth of GraphConnect is amazing, and it continues to be the single must-attend event for anyone and everyone interested in graph technology,” said Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology. “As we wrap up our largest GraphConnect yet with more than 1,000 attendees, it’s clear that graphs are eating the world. As this year’s speakers demonstrated, graphs are impacting every industry vertical, allowing organizations to make the most of their connected data.”

A keynote by Emil Eifrem announced the launch of the openCypher project — a game-changing, open source initiative with the potential to have the same kind of impact that SQL had for relational databases. openCypher is supported by industry leaders including Oracle, Databricks – the company behind Apache Spark, Tableau and others. Eifrem also unveiled Neo4j 2.3, Neo’s fastest graph database yet, and a new collaboration with IBM to offer the most scalable graph platform ever with Neo4j on POWER8.

Neo Chef Scientist Jim Webber presented on why graphs are the supermodel for data – including non-graph data structures. He also discussed how Cypher on Spark is set to impact the future graph space and how graph databases are poised to further disrupt organizations across every vertical.

Graphs Have Arrived

This year’s event included more than 30 sessions including talks from Docker, Cisco, Microsoft, Monsanto, the World Economic Forum (WEF), Pivotal, Trace One, FiftyThree, GraphAware, InfoAdvisors and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The talks offered a rare opportunity to see and hear how some of the world’s most recognizable brands are leveraging graph technology to solve their most critical connected data issues.

GraphConnect is the only conference dedicated solely to graph database technology, and highlights Neo’s work in pioneering graph databases.

The event’s massive, continued year-after-year growth reflects the rocketing demand for graph database technology as more and more enterprises recognize the power of the graph to make the most of their connected data. Indeed, graph databases are the fastest-growing category in database management systems, and Gartner predicts that “by the end of 2018, 70 percent of leading organizations will have one or more pilot or proof-of-concept efforts underway utilizing graph databases.”[1]

Didn’t make it to GraphConnect 2015? Check out the highlights:

Date Announced for GraphConnect Europe

Mark your calendars for GraphConnect Europe, to be held April 26, 2016 at the QEII Centre in central London. For more information and to register, visit: graphconnect.com/europe/

Useful Links

[1] Gartner Making Big Data Normal With Graph Analysis for the Masses. July 27, 2015.



 

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