Keynote Presentation

What Matters Next in Big Data?

With the recent focus on Big Data, new technologies have emerged to help deal with the massive growth of structured and unstructured information. But what does this mean for the future of traditional database technologies? How do we prepare for it? And how might it affect our careers as data professionals?

David Barnes, Program Director for IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies group, will address those questions and more. David will also discuss how analytics are affecting our data strategies, and how to adapt your skills to the world of Data Science.

David Barnes formal.jpgSpeaker: David Barnes, Program Director, Strategy and Emerging Internet Technologies, IBM

Early in his career David worked as both a hardware engineer and software engineer, focusing on IBM mainframes. During the birth of the PC in 1981 he became IBM’s first official “technology evangelist," traveling the world, updating customers on IBM’s software strategy and relaying customer requirements back into IBM’s development labs. Later David went on to lead IBM’s evangelism efforts around Web services, SOA, and then IBM's WebSphere software offerings.

Most recently David managed the IBM Solutions Experience Lab in Austin Texas, and the IBM Extreme Blue innovation laboratory, also in Austin. Today he is helping shape IBM’s strategic efforts around innovation in Big Data and other emerging technologies.