Speaker Spotlight Column: Jason Bloomberg on Big Data and Agile

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edw2013-speaker-spotlightby Charles Roe

In an effort to leverage the knowledge of several of the top minds in the Data Management industry, DATAVERSITY™ has been conducting a series of interviews on some of the most relevant topics in the field today. Recently, we interviewed Jason Bloomberg, the President
of ZapThink, A Dovel Technologies Company.

Jason will be giving a session at the Enterprise Data World 2013 Conference in San Diego, CA from April 28-May 2, 2013. The session is titled “Who’s Afraid of Big Data? Big Data and the Agile Architecture Revolution.”

The Speaker Spotlight Column (and its parallel venture the Sponsor Spotlight Column) is an ongoing project that focuses on highlighting several of the central issues represented at the many Data Management conferences produced by DATAVERSITY.

The primary emphasis of the interview was to question Jason Bloomberg on his work and history within the industry, with particular importance on his presentation at the upcoming conference:

DATAVERSITY (DV): Please tell us a little about yourself and your history in the industry e.g role at company (as opposed to job title), past experience and how you got started in the data profession)?

Jason Bloomberg (JB): I’m the President of ZapThink, A Dovel Technologies Company. ZapThink has been around since 2000, and I joined in 2001. We were originally an industry analysis/market research firm focused on XML, then Web Services, and then SOA. In 2007 we changed our business model, focusing on the enterprise practitioner (primarily enterprise and SOA architects), and put together our Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential. In 2011, ZapThink was acquired by Dovel Technologies, a US government contractor, and I continue to run the ZapThink division.

DV: What’s the focus of the work do you currently do within your organization?

JB: Our focus has expanded beyond SOA to encompass Cloud Computing. Broadly speaking, we help organizations understand how to achieve business agility through agile architectural approaches in the context of the dynamic forces of change impacting enterprise IT shops today.

DV: What is the biggest change going on in your particular area of the industry at this time?

JB: The biggest change is actually that there are so many different forces of change impacting IT today – SOA, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and Social, to name a few. In fact, we see these forces of change as heralding a true revolution in that the change is disruptive, requiring entirely new approaches or paradigm for business. We call this revolution the Agile Architecture Revolution, which coincidentally is the title of my new book!

DV: How does such a change affect your job?

JB: ZapThink lives and breathes change and disruption. It gives us something to talk and write about.

DV: What are you going to discuss during your session at Enterprise Data World and what will the audience gain from attending your talk? (Please be specific about one or two issues you’ll be addressing, and the benefits the audience will obtain).

JB: I’ll be discussing the disruptive nature of Big Data, and how we need new approaches to governance to deal with them. Big Data are defined as data sets too large for traditional or typical tools to handle, so the definition is inherently dynamic. In other words, we’ve always had Big Data, and we always will – but what constitutes the Big Data of the day continues to shift. How do we expect to govern them?

DV: How has your job, and/or the work you’re doing at your organization, changed in the past 12 months?  How do you expect it to change in the next 1-2 years?

JB: ZapThink is currently experiencing a period of growth, as we add new thought leaders to the team. I hope to turn ZapThink into a leading think tank.

DV: More broadly speaking, what do you believe is the most significant change happening in Enterprise Data at this time?

JB: Big Data – not the marketing hype, but the reality of exponentially growing data sets and how to get value from them, manage them, govern them, and handle all the technology necessary to support them.

DV: How is Big Data going to affect your job (in your organization) in future?

JB: They make a great topic for conference sessions and articles!

DV: What is something noteworthy about yourself that you would like to tell the conference attendees and our readers that they may not know?

JB: I write fiction as a hobby – check out my latest novel, The Goodwill Grimoire, available for Kindle. A teen turns up dead after a midnight battle between two groups of overly zealous Twilight fans. When the autopsy shows the corpse’s organs had actually died a whole week before the rest of him, the FBI knows they need to bring in a specialist. They call in Nick Lynch, Private Investigator. Nick is no ordinary private eye, however. He’s a Lych: an immortal, 800-year-old Mage who lives off the life force of others. Available on Amazon!


If you are interested in attending Jason’s session at EDW2013, please see the conference schedule at: http://edw2013.dataversity.net/agenda.cfm?confid=72&scheduleDay=PRINT

The workshop is on Tuesday, April 30, at 1:30pm.

About Enterprise Data World:

Enterprise Data World is the business world’s most comprehensive educational event about data and information management. Over five days, EDW presents a diverse schedule of programming that addresses every level of proficiency, including keynotes, workshops, tutorials, case studies, and discussions.

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