Trends to Watch in 2021 and Best Books of 2020

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“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon.

Data Exchange podcast

  • Key AI and Data Trends for 2021   Our managing editor Jenn Webb organized a mini-panel composed of myself and my podcast co-organizer, Mikio Braun. We preview our annual free Trends Report to be released in Jan/2021. Go to the episode notes to sign up and we’ll send you a copy.
  • A Unified Management Model for Successful Data-Focused Teams   We speak with Jesse Anderson, Managing Director at the Big Data Institute, about trends in data engineering and about his recent book on Data Teams. 

[Image: Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, by Ben Lorica.]

For this end of the year edition I deviate from this newsletter’s standard format. What follows is a collection of books we enjoyed this past year. Many of these titles were featured in previous editions of this newsletter. I hope you enjoy these titles as much as we did and see you in 2021!

Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning

History, Biography and Profiles

[Image: from Hakone Open-Air Museum by Ben Lorica.]

Security and Big Tech

This has been a challenging year and I often found myself perusing photographs and videos I took from past years. Here’s a video from early 2019, taken at Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais, the longest zipline in the world. Bye 2020 and Happy 2021 to all!

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