Shop Talk: 2023-11-20

The Recording

The Panelists

  • Kevin Feasel

Notes: Questions and Topics

Conference Review

This was a fairly packed episode of Shop Talk. We first talked about the three major conferences that happened the prior week: PASS Summit, Microsoft Ignite, and Live! 360. I went to Live! 360, so spent the most amount of time talking about that, but Anders went to Summit and shared some experiences. We also spent some time going through the Microsoft Ignite book of news.

Microsoft Fabric Now GA

One of the major announcements at Ignite was that Microsoft Fabric is now generally available. I shared some thoughts about the product: to wit, that there’s a lot still coming, and I hope it doesn’t develop a reputation of “too much broken, too much missing” before it stabilizes as a really useful service. The problem is, I think that it’ll take about 1 1/2 to 2 years before it is a really useful service for most companies, and a lot of opinion solidification can happen in the meantime.

OpenAI Wackiness

Our other major topic was some of the news happening at OpenAI right then. As of the time of recording, the OpenAI board booted CEO Sam Altman, and chairman of the board Greg Brockman resigned in protest. Then, Altman and Brockman went to work for Microsoft heading their AI team and it seemed a lot of OpenAI employees were headed that way. The news is still in flux as I post this recap—for example, Altman is back as CEO of OpenAI, while the board members who ousted him are now gone.

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