My Keynote Showcase Panel at the Real-Time 2008 Conference

I was honored to be invited to sit on a showcase panel at the GoldenGate Real Time 2008 Conference in San Francisco back in June.  The topic of this panel was “Technology Driving Business Innovation”, which is a pretty generic wishy-washy title, if I do say so myself.  Much of the topics we spoke about dealt with enterprise data issues.

I must first issue a disclaimer:  I look like crap here.  It looks like I was beat over the head with a bag of nickles.  The reason for this is quite simple:  I was out drinking until 2:30am the night before and the panel started at 9am.  OK, maybe that was not the smartest thing to do before sitting on a panel in front of 500 people.  But this was the second year in a row that the I was scheduled to speak first thing in the morning after the conference’s annual social event (or, the “competitive drinking competition”, as I like to refer to it).  “Networking” certainly has it’s dangers at times…

My colleagues on the panel where Ian Koenig, the Chief Architect at Thomson Financial (now ThompsonReuters after the recent merger) and Michael Franklin, Professor at Berkeley and CTO of Truviso Corporation.  It was a honor to be paired with these two.  They have some really interesting things to say.

Here’s the video (please note that the first 20 seconds is a bit messed up – it clears up after that):

You can read the detailed biographies of the panel below:

Moderator: Alok Pareek – Vice President of Technology, GoldenGate Software

Alok Pareek is Vice President of Technology at GoldenGate Software since 2005, providing vision, technology and research direction across data integration and high availability solution areas. He manages the advanced technology, research, platform technologies, and the center of excellence teams. Alok directly works with customers at the leading edge of deploying real time technologies to solve business problems. He brings more than 10 years of database kernel design and development experience from Oracle’s Recovery/High Availability area. He was responsible for the redo generation component of the Oracle database from 8i to 10.2, and has numerous significant (patent-filed) contributions at Oracle and GoldenGate. Alok has authored numerous published papers and has presented at industry conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, SQL Server PASS, and AFCOM. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Panelists: Ian Koenig – Chief Architect, Thomson Financial

Ian Koenig joined Thomson Financial in September 2005. Prior to joining Thomson, Ian was the Chief Architect for Products and Platforms at Reuters, where he worked for 19 years. Ian assumed the role of Chief Architect reporting to the CTO. Ian has global responsibility for technology strategy, information architecture, application architecture, physical architecture and architecture governance.

Throughout his 20+ year career, Ian has held technical positions of increasing scope and responsibility, beginning his career at Reveal Software on Long Island in 1982. In 1986, Ian joined Reuters, with responsibility for the Reuters Terminal product. Ian was one of seven people who received the Microsoft Pioneer Award in 1994. Ian was recognized by the Industry as one of the individuals who significantly contributed to the ultimate success of the Microsoft Operating system. The award was presented by Bill Gates at Spring Comdex in 1994.

Ian received Bachelors degrees in Mathematics and in Biology from the University of Rochester .

Christopher Uriarte – Chief Technology Officer, Retail Decisions

Christopher Uriarte is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of International Development for Retail Decisions, the London-based global leader in payment processing and fraud prevention services. He has managed the development of ReD’s mission critical products and services since 1999. Last year, Retail Decisions’ systems processed over 12 billion payment transactions worldwide. He is the architect of the company’s flagship fraud prevention service, ReDShield, which is used by the world’s largest retailers, including Wal-Mart, Sears, Tesco, K-Mart and Macy’s. In 2007, he was named one of the top 25 most innovative technology executives in the country by InfoWorld Magazine and was previously named to the InfoWeek “Hot 30 under 30” list. Chris is based in New York City.

Michael Franklin – Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Truviso, Inc.

Michael Franklin is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Truviso, Inc., a start-up developing a new generation of data management technology. At Berkeley his research focuses on the architecture and performance of distributed data management and information systems. His recent projects cover the areas of data stream processing, large-scale sensor networks, high-speed message brokering, scientific grid computing, and data and application integration. After a five-year stint as a database systems developer he attended the University of Wisconsin , Madison , where he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1993. He was on the faculty at the University of Maryland before joining Berkeley in 1999. He is currently on the editorial boards of the ACM Journal of Data Quality and the VLDB Journal and is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the VLDB endowment. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the ACM SIGMOD “Test of Time” award, and most recently, the Best Paper award at the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.

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