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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Big Data Challenges at a Big Company


Mike Edwards
Thomson Reuters

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

View presentation (PDF 12MB) EdwardsToday we will be exploring contemporary issues surrounding Big Data and Analytics using the challenges being faced by Thomson Reuters as context for the discussion. During this session we plan to cover the "five Vs" of Big Data: Volume, Velocity, Variety, Visualization and Value. We will travel up and down the stack, from infrastructure, to database software, to analytical techniques, to the user interface. This is designed as an interactive session and we look forward to a lively exchange of ideas.


Mike Edwards is a Principal Architect within the Data Center Architecture team at Thomson Reuters. Mike has been with Thomson Reuters for 22 years, where he has held various engineering and management positions. In his current role, Mike is responsible for Big Data and Analytics initiatives across the company, where he works with emerging technologies and standards that cover the entire stack, from data infrastructure, to data mining algorithms, to data visualization. Mike is particularly interested in graph-based knowledge representation, machine learning and intelligence amplification applications. Mike holds degrees in Psychology and Piano Performance.