Then Our Buildings Shape Us: A New Way to Think About New Technology Selection
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  Tim Berglund   Tim Berglund
Full-stack Generalist


Tuesday, April 30, 2013
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

The debate in the database world most often focuses on performance, scale, and the particulars of competitive data models. We traffic in benchmarks and experience reports from flagship deployments, and hope to sell one solution over another on the basis of quantitative measurements. Taking a cue from Winston Churchill and his thoughts on the reconstruction of the London skyline after World War II, we'll explore a rich, non-linear way of thinking about technology selection in this exciting space. By examining the way varied forms in music, literature, and building architecture are used by creative professionals, we'll see that quantitative analysis should be the last kind of comparison we make, and never the first. You'll come away from this talk with powerful new intellectual tools to help you navigate the perennial debates that technology leaders engage over and over—and you may never look at your database the same way again.

Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He is a GitHubber whose mission is to make it easy for everybody in the world to use Git. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, who loves to speak on Git, Cassandra, and other topics. He is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, co-presenter of the best-selling O'Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O'Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.

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