Les King

Speaker Details

Company: 
IBM
Bio

Les King has impacted the vision for IBM’s key Big Data, Analytics, Database and Cloud Data Services strategies by acting as a trusted advisor both to clients and within IBM.  He has held this post for nearly three years however; Les has 25 years of experience in IBM Analytics.  Les is a globally recognized name across industries in this key space as a direct result of his balanced experience in both technical and business arms of the field.  Les is passionate about helping clients understand how IBM can help satisfy their business needs and how the Information Management and Analytics technology will strategically work to accomplish this.  In this role Les is a respected advocate for clients as he works side by side with development, sales and product management organizations ensuring that IBM’s Analytics portfolio is on a trajectory to meet the most compelling market demands, directly addressing the most pressing needs of IBM’s clients, both globally and locally. 

Les King is a part-time professor at Seneca College in Toronto in the Big Data, Data Warehousing and DB2 concentration drawing on his previous experience teaching mathematics at the University of Toronto.  Les effectively draws a connection between what the marketplace demands and what the next wave of talented students need to know to be market ready, and internationally competitive in an increasingly high demand field. This is a perfect intersection of his international, technological, and market awareness to perpetuate the success of the next generation.

Les King joined the IBM at the Toronto Software Lab in 1992, on the first database technical support team for DB2 Version 1.  This sparked his creativity and offered a platform for him to execute a natural leadership ability from building the IBM Support Organization, serving as a key member in IBM Software Development Organization impacting a better series of advanced client technical support functions, making a unique contribution as a programmer before leading various teams within Information Management.

In 2001 Les became a senior manager, responsible for the planning, information development, and partner integration teams within DB2.  In this capacity, he led the work to enhance the database engine, build a roadmap of future product releases and work to ensure the “.next” releases of these products met customer expectations.

In 2004, Les took on the leadership of the Segment Product Management Team, at IBM Software Group Headquarters in New York.  There, he was responsible for the DB2 distributed and Informix product portfolios, as well as Data Warehousing, z/0S and the Data Management Tools technology. 

In 2007, Les took on the role of Director, Data Management Global Technical Support in Information Management, SWG.  In this capacity, he led the client support function for important parts of IBM’s database portfolio which includes: DB2 z/OS, IMS, Tools, DB2 LUW, Informix Dynamic Server, SolidDB and Princeton Softech, among others.

In 2008, Les took on the role of Director, Information Management Solutions and DB2 Warehouse Development.  This included responsibility for DB2 LUW Engine Warehouse Development, IM based appliance solutions, including the Infosphere Balanced Warehouse and the new IBM Smart Analytic System, Traceability Server and the Industry Models.

In 2010, Les took the position of Director for Data Management Product Management, within the IBM Information Management Software division.  In this capacity, Les is responsible for product management of the data server portfolio within Information Management, including DB2, IDS and SolidDB.

In 2013, Les moved into his current position where his primary role is to work with clients and potential clients to help them understand the IBM Analytics strategy and how to architect solutions, leveraging IBM analytics offerings to meet their business needs.  Les also spends significant time with the IBM Analytics world wide sales team to help enable them on our portfolio, offerings and solutions.

Les lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He is the father of two boys, Richard and Philip.  Les enjoys squash and is an advanced open water diver.

Les King’s professional profile is on linkedin at ca.linkedin.com/pub/les-king/10/a68/426

Past presentation
13 June 2018
12:30 - 13:15
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2018 Hybrid Data Management and z-based Analytics

We have had some great announcements when it comes to how Db2 for z/OS and the z platform can be involved in analytics, machine learning and Big Data applications.  Join us to get an update on what IBM is doing in the area of analytics, hybrid data management, and, in particular, what this means for Db2 for z/OS and z customers.


13 June 2018
09:00 - 10:00
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2018 Hybrid Data Management - New Announcements and our 2018 Strategy

We have had some very significant announcements in the Hybrid Data Management area including updates to Db2, updates to Big SQL, a new offering for event processing, a new set of private cloud offerings and much more.  Join us for an overall update on the important role Db2 is playing in the hybrid data management space and the Common SQL Engine based offerings.


12 June 2018
09:45 - 10:45
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2018 Big SQL, Spark, Hortonworks and Open Source Update

We have some significant enhancements to our Big SQL story in 2018 - and - have now really partnered with Hortonworks when it comes to Big SQL and Spark.  Join us for the latest news that will benefit your Big Data applications and we will take a l peak ahead as well on what is coming later this year


12 June 2018
09:00 - 09:45
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2018 Db2 11.1.3.3 Update and Roadmap

Db2 11.1.3.3 will be hitting the market in 1H 2018 and contains some good progress in key Db2 strategic themes such as NoSQL, Netezza compatibility, HTAP and more.  Come and hear about what is in this latest release of Db2 and we will take a peak ahead as well on what's coming over the next 12 months.


14 June 2017
09:00 - 10:00
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2017 DB2, the foundation of IBM's data platform strategy

Latest news on IBM's overall Hybrid data platform strategy and the Watson Data Platform approach.  This will include high level updates on the dashDB family, BigInsights with BigSQL, Spark, DB2 and the next generation appliance.


13 June 2017
14:00 - 15:00
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2017 Big Data and the Watson Data Platform

A look at how open source and surrounding ecosystem allow Big Data to be a core and synergetic part of our Watson Data Platform architecture


13 June 2017
09:00 - 10:15
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2017 DB2 Trends & Directions

Drill-down on what has been delivered since DB2 V11.1 in the summer of 2016 and a look at what's to come over 2017 and 2018, including a focus on HTAP and Continuous Availability


15 June 2016
10:00 - 11:00
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2016 A drill down on dashDB family

We are about to release a brand new offering based off of the dashDB capabilities, which will allow for private cloud deployments of this analytic engine.  This is a great way to get the simplicity benefits of the cloud, but, keep keeping your data behind your firewall - or, host dashDB on different platforms.  In this presentation we will go through the details of exactly what BLU Helix is - and - how it can be a very powerful way of easily deploying complex environments as well as how it integrates with other data stores within your warehousing infrastructure.


14 June 2016
14:00 - 15:00
European SQLAdria Seminar – Šibenik 2016 A drill down on BigInsights V4.2 (Hadoop, Spark, BigSQL, etc)

We have a significant set of new capabilities coming out in 2016 with BigInsights and in this session we will go through some of those highlights and details with particular focus on capabilities around Spark and BigSQL.  Even if you have chosen an alternate distribution for your open source platform, BigInsights is a great way to get access to some very high value assets which can drastically reduce application re-write as you look to deploy a Hadoop and/or Spark environment in your logical data warehouse.


In this session we will take a look at where the market is heading, what questions companies are struggling with and how existing DB2 clients have uniquely positioned themselves to leverage their existing investment to make the transition to a Big Data Analytic Ecosystem and to a Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem a simple one. We will take a look at the roadmap for DB2 and how this can be leverage as part of a Big Data ecosystem, on-premise, in the cloud and how your DB2 investment can be leveraged as you expand your analytic ecosystem to include Hadoop and Spark.


In this session we will take a look at where the market is heading, what questions companies are struggling with and how existing DB2 clients have uniquely positioned themselves to leverage their existing investment to make the transition to a Big Data Analytic Ecosystem and to a Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem a simple one. We will take a look at the roadmap for DB2 and how this can be leverage as part of a Big Data ecosystem, on-premise, in the cloud and how your DB2 investment can be leveraged as you expand your analytic ecosystem to include Hadoop and Spark.


 

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Events in 2018

Ljubljana - 9th & 10th April 2018
Belgrade - 12th April 2018
Šibenik - 10th - 14th June 2018
Zagreb - 18th September 2018
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