Keynote Talk at IDUG 2014: DB2 and the Age of the Polyglot Persistence

I am excited to deliver the keynote talk at the IDUG 2014 Conference in Phoenix.

While I have addressed the topic of polyglot persistence earlier, this talk is focusing on DB2 practitioners. I have been using DB2 since the mid 90's. It is a trusted database of choice for many enterprises. In this talk I will be focusing on the path a DB2 practitioner should take to familiarize themselves with the alternatives to relational model. For some of these capabilities, we will have to reach out to other systems, and for some we can use the non-relational features that DB2 was introducing into its portfolio of capabilities. In any case, keep an open mind and make the best of the new data storage and processing possibilities!

Check out the details here. I am looking forward to seeing you in Phoenix!


Big Data Bootcamp, Silicon Valley, April 2014

I will be speaking at the Big Data Bootcamp in Santa Clara, April 25th.

I will be sharing a practical approach to selecting and combining NoSQL technologies for optimal impact. Then, we will discuss a set of compromises we may undertake to achieve a solid technical solution, while optimizing the overall benefit of multi-database systems. We will also discuss the often neglected aspects of practical NoSQL data governance and how to introduce it in an organization.

Check here for more details.


ACM Supporting Teacher Award

I have started my career in computing tirelessly studying, at the time, for me precious issues of Communications of the ACM, VAX Assembly manuals and early Prolog books. I have always felt the thrill of running software. In my work, I act as a consultant and mentor to organizations and their R&D teams facing challenging problems ranging from financial applications to aerospace systems.

But how would it be to teach kids to program and tackle some of the exciting new technologies? Can teens embrace Hadoop? Can they feel the excitement of a 64 node cluster running on the Amazon EC2 cloud? Can they get excited about failover and CAP theorem?

The answer is resounding "yes". The twelve year old can make enthusiastic steps in these technologies. With a bit of care and thoughtfulness in the approach, young students can develop passion for these and other computer science topics. In that age I had a slide rule. The kids today can run a cluster in the cloud. We should be happy about it.

I am thrilled to receive the award of the ACM for the Supporting Teacher at the Synopsys, the Silicon Valley Science Fair. ACM and its publications were a great factor in my development and I am honored today to receive the ACM Supporting Teacher Award.


Tutorial at EDW 2014: Introduction to Hadoop and Big Data Technologies

It is always good to be back to Austin! It is a great place for an event like the Enterprise Data World conference. This year at EDW, I will be giving a half day tutorial on Hadoop and Big Data tutorial.
What is different about this tutorial is that it is designed to address the seasoned data professional. Many of the tutorial and texts out there are targeting programmers, but this is not the optimal approach for our audience.

Check out the tutorial description here. We will also cover the topics of Big Data governance and explore the least painful ways of bringing in this technology into organization.


IBM Champion 2014

It is a great honor to receive the IBM Champion award! Big Data community is facing an unprecedented set of demands to deal with volume and variety of data. In my work, I have been helping practitioners select and master the technologies that would enable them to deal with the many variables of advanced software and data projects. I appreciate that these efforts are recognized, and I am glad to be in a great company of my colleagues and friends in the Big Data and NoSQL community.