By Neo4j Staff | November 18, 2015
Graph enthusiasts came together for the largest GraphConnect yet, with a range of talks from the world’s leading companies
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.”
Didn’t make it to GraphConnect 2015? Check out the highlights:
- Session videos at: http://graphconnect.com/gc2015-sf/.
- Session by Cisco: “MetaData Graph and Content Findability at Cisco”
- Session by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: “Secrecy for Sale: Unraveling the Shady World of Offshore Finance”
- Joint session by Microsoft and Docker: “Containerized Neo4j: Automating Deployments with Docker"
- Conference photos on Flickr
Date Announced for GraphConnect Europe
- Neo4j Website
- What’s New in Neo4j 2.3
- Neo4j on IBM POWER8
- openCypher Blog Post
- Top 10 Reasons for Choosing Neo4j
- Graph Databases Book
 Gartner Making Big Data Normal With Graph Analysis for the Masses. July 27, 2015.