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'Day 3 Keynote | Cloud Applications: Some Assembly Required'
Today we present ten imperatives for constructing next generation applications that we have defined based on research findings from a community of 1500 application building companies. Emerging applications will not just be cloud-enabled, but also mobile, connected to social media networks and able to consume and respond in real-time to patterns in big data. Most importantly, application building must become more productive with a reduced time-to-market. To meet these demands there is an imperative to move from a model of “build everything” to a model of “application assembly” from available customizable parts.

In this Cloud Expo Day 3 Keynote we illustrate what has to go into a platform and model to deliver the 10 imperatives of next generation applications. As part of this, we present how existing applications and services can be wrapped and exposed as cloud APIs. These APIs can be assembled like Lego blocks to rapidly create new mobile, social and big data aware cloud applications. Examples of cloud APIs that we will discuss include: smart data connectors that integrate with and analyze the data of existing cloud applications such as Salesforce.com, Workday, NetSuite, etc.; services that track social media sentiment on Twitter, Facebook etc.; back end services for mobile applications; services that analyze massive clusters of Hadoop nodes; and services that track and respond to mobile user locations to enable location-aware applications. We conclude by talking about our own development plans to make this vision a reality.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. John Bates is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Progress Software. In this role, he is responsible for creating, evolving and evangelizing Progress' market strategy and technology vision. Previously, he was General Manager of Progress Software's Apama Division - the market leading provider of Complex Event Processing (CEP) solutions. In this role, he was responsible for Divisional P&L including sales, marketing, products and consulting services and in 3 years grew revenue by over 300%.

Prior to joining Progress, Bates was the Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Apama, the pioneering Complex Event Processing software vendor. In this role, he led Apama's technology and go-to-market strategy. He was also co-inventor of the patented technology. He was responsible for raising $19m of venture capital and sat on the main board. He was instrumental in the sale of Apama to Progress in 2005, which yielded a good return for shareholders.

In the 1990s, Bates was a tenured academic at Cambridge University in the UK where he led research into distributed computing systems. He's a respected expert, frequent author and speaker in enterprise software. His interests include distributed computing systems, Complex Event Processing, Business Process Management (BPM) and Operational Business Intelligence.