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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Unseating the Giants

Monte Zweben (Splice Machine Inc.)
4:15pm–4:55pm Thursday, 10/16/2014
Enterprise Adoption
Location: 1 E8/1 E9
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Slides:   1-PPTX 

Unseating the Giants: How Big Data is Causing Big Problems for Traditional RDBMSs

Traditional relational databases like Oracle and IBM have been the de facto RDBMSs for decades. They do many things very well and are still a strong choice for high performance transactional systems, especially for data volumes below a few terabytes. However, when data volumes begin to scale, many enterprises have been looking for more cost-effective alternatives.

Distributed computing (i.e., the ability to scale out on commodity hardware) is a disruptive technology underpinning the new wave of database innovators such as SQL-on-Hadoop, NoSQL, and NewSQL solutions. These solutions can offer a dramatic price/performance improvement over legacy databases. Incumbent database vendors have faced threats to their dominance in the past, but it is different this time, because of the volume, velocity, and variety of data growth. Also, companies have mandates to figure out how to reduce costs with open-source software and commodity hardware, as well as efficiently support new semi-structured and unstructured workloads.

In this presentation, we’ll examine the factors that have lead to the shift away from traditional RDBMS solutions, both from a technological and cultural perspective. For solution providers, we’ll talk about lessons that can be learned from other software Davids when they faced a Goliath and how they can be applied to today’s market. For those looking at database technology for their business, we’ll examine how to take advantage of the giant killers to drive innovation in your business.

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Monte Zweben

Splice Machine Inc.

Monte Zweben is the CEO and co-founder of Splice Machine, provider of the only Hadoop RDBMS. The Splice Machine database is designed to scale real-time applications using commodity hardware without application rewrites.

A technology industry veteran, Monte’s early career was spent with the NASA Ames Research Center as the Deputy Chief of the Artificial Intelligence Branch, where he won the prestigious Space Act Award for his work on the Space Shuttle program. Monte then founded and was the Chairman and CEO of Red Pepper Software, a leading supply chain optimization company, which merged in 1996 with PeopleSoft, where he was VP and General Manager, Manufacturing Business Unit.

In 1998, Monte was the founder and CEO of Blue Martini Software – the leader in e-commerce and multi-channel systems for retailers. Blue Martini went public on NASDAQ in one of the most successful IPOs of 2000, and is now part of JDA. Following Blue Martini, he was the chairman of SeeSaw Networks, a digital, place-based media company. Monte is also the co-author of Intelligent Scheduling and has published articles in the Harvard Business Review and various computer science journals and conference proceedings.

Zweben currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rocket Fuel Inc. as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board for Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Computer Science.