Erlang, Big Data, and the Wild West - Brett Cameron and Chris Brown

“Big Data” seems to be an unavoidable business buzz phrase these days, but there is considerable debate and confusion about what Big Data actually is. A recent survey of 154 companies found that nearly 70% used a volume-based definition for Big Data; 25% defined Big Data as 'massive growth of transaction data'; 24% thought Big Data referred to new technologies for managing massive data; and 19% defined it as the 'requirement to store and archive data for regulatory compliance'. 

Brett Cameron and Chris Brown will share their opinions about what Big Data really means and will consider the evolving role that Erlang is playing in the Big Data space and in Cloud computing. They will also briefly discuss how they came to be involved with Erlang by porting it to HP's legacy OpenVMS operating system, the story behind this work, and some of the technical challenges that were encountered along the way.

Pizza and beer courtesy of the hosts :)

Brett Cameron:
Brett Cameron currently works as a senior software architect with HP’s corporate Cloud Services group, focusing on the design and implementation of message queuing and related integration services for customers and for internal use. Brett lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and has worked in the software industry for over 20 years. In that time he has gained experience in a wide range of technologies, many of which have long since been retired to the software scrapheap of dubious ideas. Brett has been involved in the research and development of low-latency and highly scalable messaging solutions for the Financial Services sector running on HP platforms and as a consequence of this work he has participated in several interesting Open Source projects involving Erlang and Erlang-based software products such as RabbitMQ. He is responsible (or should that be irresponsible) for porting various Open Source solutions (including Erlang, RabbitMQ, and most of Riak) to HP’s legacy OpenVMS operating system. Brett holds a doctorate in chemical physics from the University of Canterbury, and still maintains close links with the University, delivering guest lectures and acting as an advisor to the Computer Science and Electronic and Computer Engineering departments on course structure and content. In his spare time Brett enjoys listening to music, playing the guitar, and drinking beer.

Chris Brown:
Chris Brown currently works as a consultant for OCF (, developing new lines of business in Big Data and Analytics. Chris has spent over 30 years in the IT industry, including 12 years as a UK company director and 11 years working for DEC/Compaq/HP as a strategist and Director of Strategy for the DEC/Compaq/HP OpenVMS Software group. Chris started his working life (many years ago) as an applications programmer and although he has not written any code for many years Chris still likes to think of himself as a software engineer at heart, even though much of his recent activity has been centred more around hardware technologies than software. Much of Chris' time with DEC/Compaq/HP was spent travelling the world engaging with customers, acting as an advocate for the company, a customer champion, and as a communications channel between customers and internal DEC/Compaq/HP engineering groups. Coupled with this extensive customer interaction Chris has also had numerous dealings with some of the major global IT players, including IT companies such as Oracle, EMC, Red Hat, Sun, and Microsoft, and consultancy companies such as Accenture and HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS). Chris has become a trusted advisor to many of the customers with whom he has interacted. The diversity of this work has helped Chris to develop a rather unique and well-balanced view of the IT industry and has also provided him with many interesting stories and fascinating encounters (some of which are even IT related). Chris is now enjoying applying his broad experience to the development of business opportunities and the provision of strategic guidance in emerging and often poorly defined areas such as Cloud Computing and Big Data. In his spare time Chris enjoys listening to music and watching rugby.

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  • Stephen G.

    A very interesting debate on Erlang communications methods ensued after the talks. The concepts of Big Data were clearly known and understood by many of the attendees, who are struggling with the issues now. Ejected form room at 8.15 and continued in the pub opposite. A very good exchange of valid and informed views. Also interesting how HP and OCF are active in these areas and their descriptions of real problems was a pleasant change to the bits and bytes of some talks.

    2 · January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    With all due respect, I am hoping to hear more about Erlang and less about marketing "trends" like Big Data.


    C. Trigoso

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • James C.

    Double booked! Hopefully make the next one tho .. Sounds a good talk & will watch the video!

    January 8, 2014

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