Dave Thomas


Chief Scientist / CSO at First Derivatives, Founder / Organiser of YOW!


Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems, Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM.

With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines.

Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance.

With close links the R&D community Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology companies including Kx Systems.

Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

YOW! 2013 Sydney

NoSQL & NewSQL – The Empire Strikes Back?

NoSQL is slaying the Relational Database (RDB) dragons with their fast columns, simple key values, graphs, BASE, and schema less features throwing their hooked on ACID SQL row farmers and DBAs into disarray. But Wait! Rumours are emerging of a secret YesSQL tech heading at warp speed to the lucrative Copious Data Galaxy. Is NewSQL just RDB vendor FUD or does the Empire have any hot cool stuff? Attendees may choose be seated in columns or rows according to their preference!

In this talk we look at the exciting evolution of databases taking place to deal the challenge of copious data. Attendees will learn about the innovations of new database technology and the opportunities and challenges for using it in production and analytics applications.

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