John Fritz

John Fritz
Director, Virtualization / Cloud Computing Partnerships, AMD

Website | @johnfritz

John Fritz is a veteran of the “Complexity Wars”, having led Fortune 500 consulting engagements involving machine learning, agent based modeling, and evolutionary computing. Currently he leads AMD’s partnerships with leading virtualization, cloud computing, and big data companies. He also leads AMD’s engagement with key open source communities such as the Apache Software Foundation.

John started his academic career as an anthropologist, where a professor told him “If you want to experiment on people, go into business”! After graduation from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, he went on to business development and consulting roles at Borland, Gartner Group, 3Com and complex adaptive system start ups Bios Group and Icosystem.

John maintains everything he knows about corporate politics he learned from working with gorillas, orangutans and a particularly disrespectful pair of Mandrills at the Rio Grande Zoo.


Executive Summit
Location: Mission City B1
John Fritz (AMD)
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Big Data and predictive analytics can deliver incredible insight that can be used for purposes both good, and not so good. Drawing on real world examples, this session will examine the fine line between competitive advantage and bad behavior, and implications to a complex cast of stakeholders. Let’s begin a dialog on ethics now instead of waiting for our first major crisis. Read more.


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  • EMC Data Computing Division
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Microsoft
  • Gnip
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • IBM
  • Windows Azure MarketPlace DataMarket
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Aster Data
  • Cloudera
  • Clustrix
  • DataStax, Inc. (formerly Riptano, Inc.)
  • Digital Reasoning Systems
  • Heritage Provider Network
  • Impetus
  • Jaspersoft
  • Karmasphere
  • LinkedIn
  • MarkLogic
  • Pentaho
  • Pervasive
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Splunk
  • Urban Mapping
  • Wolfram|Alpha
  • Esri
  • ParAccel
  • Tableau Software

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