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Dan Wolfson

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Dan is a founder of Pragmatic Data Research Ltd. – a consultancy specializing in accelerating digital transformations through innovative data architectures and governance. He is also an active contributor in the LF AI & Data Foundation’s Egeria Project, an open-source project that implements an open metadata and governance system for enterprises – automatically capturing, managing and exchanging metadata between tools and platforms, no matter the vendor.

Dan retired from IBM as a Distinguished Engineer and Director/CTO in the Weather Business Solutions group of IBM AI Applications in Q4 2021 where he led the application of geospatial data and analytics to multiple areas such as environmental intelligence, agriculture and utilities. He was responsible for technical leadership, product development and operations in this rapidly growing area with particular interest in the delivery of insight into analytical and operational solutions and the curation and management of multi-petabyte systems.

As an experienced technical executive and thought leader, Dan focusses on creating and implementing pragmatic systems that create new value from information. A proven CTO and Development Director, Dan has combined technology development, team development and operations to build and deliver numerous ground-breaking products and technologies. Dan’s last project before retiring from IBM was to lead the collaboration between IBM Research and Development teams to shape, implement and operate the IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite to provide customers insights on how Weather, Climate and Geospatial analytics can enhance their sustainability, operations and planning. Previously, Dan was the CTO for the IBM InfoSphere Brand covering data integration, governance, master, reference and meta data.

Dan has over 40 years of experience in research and commercial distributed computing ranging over transaction and object-oriented systems, software fault tolerance, messaging, information integration, business integration, metadata management and database systems. Dan has served as a trusted advisor to customers on data architecture, information and governance strategies across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Agriculture, and retail. A co-author of numerous papers and books, Dan is also credited with over 50 patents. Appointed an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2003, the Association for Computing Machinery recognized Dan in 2010 as an ACM Distinguished Engineer.