Upcoming Webinar: Sailing the Ocean of 1’s and 0’s - Chris Woodruff MVP

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Sailing the Ocean of 1’s and 0’s

Webinar Details

  • Subject: Sailing the Ocean of 1’s and 0’s
  • Date: Friday, September 9th, 2011
  • Time: 10am PDT (GMT -07:00)
  • Length: 1 hour (or so)
  • Presenter: Chris Woodruff (Perficient Inc. & Deep Fried Bytes podcast)
  • Level: 200 - Intermediate

When the development of theory out-paces data, Researchers and Information Workers often find that new ideas cannot be tested for lack of tools or technology. Researchers in active areas of science in addition to corporate Information Workers face a different challenge: Gathering data is so easy and quick that it exceeds our capacity to validate, analyze, visualize, store, and curate the information. This talk addresses this challenge and the opportunity it presents.

We as technologists, software engineers and database experts need to recognize these new challenges and allow researchers and Information Workers to facilitate what we might call open source innovation, in which advances have a sociotechnical component. Individual labs and projects will routinely reach beyond their walls, and organizations will strive to create and sustain collaborative, distributed networks of investigators. In this talk we will look at what are the challenges and possible paths that can lead to fostering innovation that will be needed as a core organizational value.

The Fourth Paradigm book which the talk will draw from is dedicated to and reflects the vision of the late Jim Gray of Microsoft Research, who envisioned a world of scholarly resources text, databases, and any other associated materials that were seamlessly navigable and interoperable. Gray loved sailing. Sailors, of course, guide a vessel by reacting to the nearest swell and wave. But the ocean also affords a chance to scan the horizon in anticipation of the future, to see what’s ahead and imagine what’s just out of view. The talk will give attendees a glimpse of the horizon for all technologists and, at their best, a peek at what lies beyond. It’s a journey well worth taking.

About Chris Woodruff

Chris Woodruff (or Woody as he is commonly known as) has a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Woody has been developing and architecting software solutions for almost 15 years and has worked in many different platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as Day of .NET Ann Arbor and Day of .NET Grand Rapids. He was also instrumental in bringing the popular Give Camp event to Western Michigan where technology professionals lend their time and development expertise to assist local non-profits. As a speaker and podcaster, Woody has spoken and discussed a variety of topics, including database design and open source. He is a Microsoft MVP in Data Platform Development and was recently recognized as one of the top 20 MVPs world-wide. Woody works at Perficient, Inc. as a Lead Tech Consultant.

Woody is the co-host of the popular podcast “Deep Fried Bytes” and blogs at www.chriswoodruff.com. He is the President of the West Michigan .NET User Group and also is a co-founder of the software architecture online portal nPlus1.org.

Woody has worked in many arenas throughout the years, including healthcare, manufacturing, publishing, promotion execution and the automotive industry. He has experience with starting and running new ventures, including past work with technology startups. Woody continues to develop his expertise by learning & developing new technologies to better meet the needs of his clients, while devoting his free time to improving the development community at large, and giving back to the community in which he lives.

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