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Building unique datasets and products with synthetic APIs

Free beer, swag, candy, drinks & more!

Michael Ogrinz, SVP of Technology Infrastructure at a Fortune 500 Financial Firm

A Database Month event:

Mike Ogrinz is the author of Mashup Patterns (Addison Wesley 2009) and Architecture SVP at some big Fortune 500 company. In this presentation Mike will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by an application and data infrastructure that has grown both organically and by acquisition. In other words, how can you put together a jigsaw puzzle when the parts are all from different sets? Mike will also preview a new developer resource that he is launching that relies on the topics presented to mine the web and build a unique dataset.

Michael Ogrinz, SVP of Technology Infrastructure at a Fortune 500 Financial Firm 

Michael Ogrinz is the author of Mashup Patterns: Designs and Examples for the Modern Enterprise. He is an SVP in Technology Infrastructure at one of the world's largest financial institutions.

A frequent industry speaker on technology challenges within the enterprise, he has been instrumental in enhancing the computing environment at his firm through his work on code reuse, usability, collaboration, and mashups. He is also the founder of, an online calendaring resource for webmasters running local community sites.

In his spare time, he restores old pinball machines and vector arcade games. In addition - as if he wasn't 100% nerd already- he has built a full-scale replica of the B9 Robot from Lost in Space, and is currently fabricating a Robby the Robot suit using the Gigabot 3D printer he helped Kickstart (2 cubic ft build area!)

Swag giveaway + junk-food/drinks at 6:30pm
Power-Networking at 6:35pm
Presentation starts at 6:40pm

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  • Eric David B.

    HD-Video of this event is on

    December 15, 2014

  • Ethan R.

    It was interesting. I wish I'd been able to stay longer.

    December 5, 2014

  • Bill H.

    It turns out that I have a conflict and can't go now, but am very interested in this topic. After the event can someone post additional info, such as a URL for Mike's developer resource that he's launching?

    December 4, 2014

    • Mike O.

      Hi Bill, The resource I previewed is APIHound (­) a searchable directory of public SOAP/REST APIs. Similar to what ProgrammableWeb has only we build the index with a web crawl instead of using hand-curated data. Currently we have over 50,000 APIs. The dataset is still being tweaked around relevancy and ranking, but you can definitely check it out now if you're interested.

      December 5, 2014

  • Victor

    Good event - lots of interesting people. For those I spoke with that were interested in my free hosting offer - direct message me for an invite to - Best, Victor

    December 4, 2014

  • Brad S.

    Last Minute Obligation, can't make it - My apologies

    December 4, 2014

  • Giuseppe T.

    sorry for the last minute. I have a situation to take care at work

    December 4, 2014

  • Reg D.

    I have a conflict so I'm releasing my seat.

    December 4, 2014

  • Ryan F.

    Did the topic coved tonight change? I had the topic as What Database Best-Fits Your Project? NoSQL or SQL RDBMS or DBaaS Services.

    1 · December 4, 2014

    • Eric David B.

      Yes, the speaker for the original topic had an emergency and needed to postpone (we will probably reschedule that event for January.)

      December 4, 2014

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