Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., is the vice president of Technical Profes¬sionals for IBM Software Group’s Information Management division and additionally leads the World Wide Competitive Database and Big Data Tech¬nical Sales Acceleration teams. He is an award-winning writer and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in information management. Paul is seen as a global expert in Big Data and database. Independent groups often recognize him as a thought leader in Big Data, with nominations to SAP’s “Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers,” Big Data Republic’s “Most Influential,” and Onalytica’s “Top 100” lists. Technopedia listed Paul as “A Big Data Expert to Follow” and he was consulted on the topic of Big Data by the popular TV show “60 Minutes.” Paul has written more than 350 magazine articles and 18 books, some of which include Harness the Power of Big Data: The IBM Big Data Platform; Understanding Big Data; Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and More: DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows New Features; and DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling.
Sam Lightstone, B.Sc. Eng. (Electrical), M. Math (Comp. Sci.), is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and DB2 business intelligence architect for next-generation data analytics. He helped to originate the BLU Acceleration technology in DB2 10.5. Sam is also the founder and past chair of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on self-managing database systems. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Master Inventor with over 45 patents and patents pending.
Matt Huras, B.A. Sc. (Comp. Eng.), M. Eng., is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and senior architect for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. His areas of expertise include data management, index management, locking, concurrency, and other protocols. Matt has been with IBM for 29 years. His most recent project was DB2 pureScale, a new feature that is focused on delivering new levels of scalability and availability
Aamer Sachedina, B. Eng, P. Eng., is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Toronto Lab. Over the years, he’s contributed to the design of the DB2 kernel, was the architect of DB2’s Automatic Storage, and most recently headed the active-active availability effort in DB2 pureScale. Aamer is cur¬rently DB2’s chief kernel architect.
George Baklarz, B. Math, M. Sc., Ph.D. Eng., has spent 29 years at IBM working on various aspects of database technology. From 1987 to 1991, he worked on SQL/DS as part of the product planning department, system test team, performance team, and application development group. In 1991, George was part of the team that helped move the OS/2 ES database to To¬ronto to become part of the DB2 distributed family of products. Since that time, he has worked on vendor enablement, competitive analysis, product marketing, product planning, and technical sales support. George is currently the manager of the Worldwide DB2 Technical Sales team.