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Presentation: "The Aarhus 6"

Track: Navigating the BigData Ocean / Time: Monday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Rytmisk Sal, Musikhuset

We will be using the analogy of a courtroom battle for this presentation and the room will be laid out in a courtroom style layout with the case being presented:

The people vs The Aarhus 6 (6 of the biggest names in NOSQL and NEWSQL technologies or the accussed as we like to call them!)  

Accused? Yes the terminolgy is a bit strong but in the name of role playing they are accussed of mis-informing the general public with outlandish claims and not warning of potential "tradeoffs" the public may encounter when using these products. For example, it may not be super fast, highly scalable or even easy to use in your environment but they said it was! 

The panel will be moderated by Kresten Krab Thorup.

However, we encourage (with a free beer for each question asked) as much audience participation as possible! We ran a similar track in Copenhagen in May and the audience actually asked most of the tough questions! So bring a sharp wit to this session. 

Its then up to the Judge to make sure the questions are asked and answered in a fair and open manner. BTW The judges decision is final!


So who is on the panel: 

Matt Heitzenroder (Basho), Chris Anderson (Couchbase), Jim Webber (Neo4J), Alvin Richards (10gen/MongoDB), Matt Dennis (Datastax), Martin Fowler ()


Alvin Richards, Senior Director of Service and Enterprise Engineering, 10gen/MongoDB

Alvin Richards

Biography: Alvin Richards

Alvin is Senior Technical Director for 10gen/MongoDB in Europe. He has held leadership positions at Oracle and NetApp as well as several startups in the Archiving, SaaS and Java instrumentation domains. With 20+ years of combined experience in these areas, what he most enjoys is building cool products, great teams and challenging the status quo. Alvin earned separate degrees in Computer Science and Photography from Thames Valley and Nottingham Trent Universities in the UK.

Chris Anderson, co-founder of Couchbase and an Apache CouchDB committer

Chris Anderson

Biography: Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is a co-founder of Couchbase and an Apache CouchDB committer. At Couchbase he leads the mobile strategy, and designs and implements developer facing APIs. Outside of computing, Chris plays bass and dances “Ring Around the Rosie” with his 1 year old daughter.

Jim Webber, Chief Scientist at Neo Technology and Co-Author of "Rest in Practice"

Jim Webber

Biography: Jim Webber

Dr. Jim Webber is Chief Scientist with Neo Technology the company behind the popular open source graph database Neo4j, where he works on graph database server technology and writes open source software. Jim is interested in using big graphs like the Web for building distributed systems, which led him to being a co-author on the book REST in Practice, having previously written Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect's Guide. Jim is an active speaker, presenting regularly around the world. His blog is located at and he often tweets Jim Webber @jimwebber.

Martin Fowler, author, speaker, consultant and general loud-mouth on software development

Martin Fowler

Biography: Martin Fowler

Martin Fowler is an author, speaker, consultant and general loud-mouth on software development.

He concentrates on designing enterprise software - looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with good design. He has pioneered various topics around object-oriented technology and agile methods, and written several books including "NoSQL Distilled", "Refactoring", "UML Distilled", and "Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture".

For the last decade he has worked at ThoughtWorks, a really rather good system delivery and consulting firm, and he writes on his site Martin Fowler.


Books: NoSQL Distilled, Domain-Specific Languages (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Fowler)), Analysis Patterns: Reusable Object Models, UML Distilled : A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language 3RD EDITION, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code, Planning Extreme Programming, Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

Video presentations: Three Years of Real-World Ruby, Agilists and Architects: Allies not Adversaries Presentation

See the entire list of Martin's video presentations here.

Matt Dennis, DataStax

Matt Dennis

Biography: Matt Dennis

Matt Dennis has been with DataStax since the beginning and currently focuses on high level architecture, design, data models, deployment and algorithms for some of the largest, highest volume and most fault tolerant distributed systems in the world. Prior to DataStax, Matt held various technical leadership and principal development roles at Crossroads Systems and Troux Technologies and even spent time as a System Administrator in a former life. Matt studied Computer Science as an undergrad and Software Engineering as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Natural Sciences and the College Of Engineering respectively.

Matt Heitzenroder, General Manager, Basho

Matt Heitzenroder

Biography: Matt Heitzenroder

Matt Heitzenroder joined Basho Technologies in 2010 and as the General Manager, EMEA is responsible as for opening and operating Basho's first international office based in London. Previously he had worked for five and half years with SugarCRM in client service and engineering roles. For more than a decade, Matt has participated in the launch of a number of venture backed start-ups. Matt is a developer at heart and you can often find him hacking away on various projects. If he's not doing that, he's probably somewhere at sea either sailing or scuba diving. Everybody just calls him "Roder".