Dave Thomas


Chief Scientist / CSO at First Derivatives, Founder / Organiser of YOW!

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems, Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM.

With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines.

Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance.

With close links the R&D community Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology companies including Kx Systems.

Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

YOW! West 2014 Perth

FAST Software = FAST Hardware + Simplicity


Despite order of magnitude advances in hardware, significant improvements in software development and execution remain elusive. Modern practices of Continuous Delivery; Functional Programming; Microservices; Data Driven; NoSQL; Event Sourcing; Accelerated Development; Mobility; IoT; SAAS are only possible due to significant improvements in hardware.

What if FAST Hardware => FAST Software? Is this talk we look at ways in which simple design allows us to exploit the power of modern hardware. We begin with a quick look at hardware today and tomorrow and why software slows it down! We the argue through examples that aligning the software and hardware architecture often leads to much simpler, and faster solutions.