I've known Charles through many roles over the years (he has a most fascinating career story) and I can always count on him for a fresh, insightful perspective.
The event itself was pretty interesting as well: it was one of EMC's TAP (technology advisory program) sessions.
Various groups at EMC routinely run small, informal forums where customers and partners are invited to come in around a specific topic, listen to what we have to say, and -- most importantly -- share their unique perspectives.
This one did not disappoint -- we were discussing the shifting database landscape, and wanted to really understand what our customers were seeing and experiencing.
Charles was kind enough to lead a discussion on the future state of databases and data management.
After the session, I asked Charles if I could share the essence of his presentation with a wider audience. Graciously, he agreed.
I hope you find this as thought-provoking as I did.