What to expect from Alteryx Inspire 2022

The Computer Weekly Developer Network team are extremely fond of the Wild West and the Rocky Mountains, but ideally only when we can get our hands on self-service data science tools for data preparation, blending and analytics at the same time… but we can never normally find both streams happening concurrently in one place.

Thankfully, 2022 changes that inconvenient trade-off, because this year we can indulge in Alteryx’s annual user, customer, partner convention.

Alteryx Inspire is staged from 16th – 19th May 2022 in Denver, Colorado… so what can we expect?

The three-day event is anchored around themes to inspire and enrich analytic breakthroughs, helping attendees solve their day-to-day challenges.

For the first time in Inspire history, Alteryx will be hosting an exclusive “Sneaks” session where customers will get a glimpse into the future. Product managers and engineers will present product ideas during the session and attendees will have the opportunity to vote on ideas potentially influencing the Alteryx product roadmap.

The company says it is also going to be looking at Alteryx’s free analytics education program SparkED and the associated value of upskilling on analytic technology.

Three key purchases

The company says that this year it will be showcasing the new and upgraded Alteryx Analytics Cloud after making thee strategic purchases:

  • Hyper Anna – for more accessible AI insights. 
  • Trifacta – for cloud analysis & integration with AWS, Azure & Google Cloud.
  • Lore IO – for cloud-native analytics.

Keynote [inspirational non-technical] speakers will include Alexis Ohanian, venture capitalist, founder of Seven Seven Six, co-founder and former executive chairman of Reddit – plus also Emma Gilmour, McLaren’s first female driver, currently racing in the inaugural season (for McLaren) of Extreme E (electric offroading).

Covid-aware

This is Alteryx’s first move back to an in-person In Real Life (IRL) event since Covid-19 hit, so as such the company is still running the event virtually for those who either don’t want to opt for elbow bumps, or indeed those who are high five averse.

It’s also the first major outing for Alteryx’s new tagline i.e. the company is launching “Analytics for All” which replaces the previous “Be Breakthrough” tag. This is clearly meant to convey a message of accessibility of data analytics for all angle.

“Inspire 2022 will highlight what is possible when people uncover insights that successfully drive change through analytics. This year’s conference will focus on the business impact that can come from putting unified, streamlined analytics in the hands of every employee across the enterprise to break analytics barriers and leverage data insights,” said Paula Hansen, president and chief revenue officer at Alteryx.

Functionality bumps

Hansen: Keen to ‘break barriers’ (not wood panelling) through unified streamlined data analytics for all.

A key event focus already notes is a vision of analytics for all – the company is promising to showcase what it calls ‘functionality bumps’ on its platform. The event will also look in-depth look at the Alteryx Analytics Cloud and product portfolio, Alteryx’s education program SparkED… and future goals for Alteryx.

Also here is an executive summit for line of business, data, and IT executives to speak about enterprise upskilling topics and advancing their organisation’s analytic maturity. Breaking Barriers and Biases in the workplace is another key topic of discussion.

Alteryx Inspire will also give attendees the opportunity to receive in-depth, hands-on product training – to hear from customers such as Johnson & Johnson, Stanley Black and Decker etc. – and to hear from Alteryx executives Mark Anderson, Paula Hansen, Libby Duane Adams, Alan Jacobson, Keith Pearce, Matthew Stauble and Suresh Vittal.

Attendees can also enhance their skillsets with technical training sessions based on real-world scenarios, including a) solving supply chain disruption through automation and b) turning compliance processes on their head using APIs to validate and reconcile millions of rows of data.

This gathering sees the return of the Alteryx Grand Prix – an annual hackathon-style event where teams of advanced Alteryx users compete against each other to solve complex analytics challenges and claim their coveted trophy.

All in all here, there appears to be plenty to take in and take on board, Alteryx has (arguably) been on the ascendancy in terms of its market muscle, its now expanded technical scope, its newly acquired booster charges and its wider perception in industry and in the media… all which factors come together to make this the first time we have showcased an Alteryx Inspire event before attending – it clearly isn’t going to be the last.

The hashtag for the event is #alteryxinspire22

What’s for breakfast on day 1 then?

It’s probably a Denver omelette, please don’t ask silly questions.

Alteryx crew in ‘pre-conf elbow bump limbo workout’ mode.

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