Rob Thomas

VP, Product Development

IBM Analytics

Symposium Roles
Speaker/Panelist 2016
Panels Participated in
Big Data 2.0: Next-Gen Privacy, Security, and Analytics (2016)

Rob Thomas is Vice President of Product Development, IBM Analytics. He brings extensive experience in management, business development, and consulting in the high technology and financial services industries.

In his current role, Mr. Thomas leads product development for Big Data and Analytics which includes the development of IBM’s Hadoop, NoSql, advanced analytics, machine learning, database, data warehouse, business intelligence, data security, and data integration products. Prior to this role, Mr. Thomas held a variety of roles in IBM Software Group leading Big Data field operations and Business Development for Information Management Software.

Mr. Thomas has published articles in publications, including InfoWorld and Silicon Valley Business Ink focused on issues, trends and strategy in the IT industry. (link to his Blog,

In February 2015, John Wiley & Sons published his first book, titled “Big Data Revolution: What farmers,doctors, and insurance agents can teach us about patterns in big data”. The Financial Times called the book, “interesting as a case study of the philosophical assumptions that underpin the growing obsession with data.”

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