Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2013

Understanding the "NO" in NoSQL

Saturday - Nov 9 9:00 AM - Ballroom 1/2

Venkat Subramaniam

Venkat Subramaniam

Founder of Agile Developer, Inc.

Relational databases have ruled the world since the dawn of time (or so it appears). They power our enterprises and for many in the corporate world, it may be hard to imagine life without them. Each decade a novel idea would challenge the status quo and make a case to deviate for the tradition. A flock of enthusiastic programmers, like your humble speaker back in the early 90s, would throw their support around it, only to be crushed eventually by the large vendors and enterprise standards. But, the excitement around NoSQL has shown that enterprise data is not the only thing that's persistent.

In this presentation we'll learn how NoSQL deviates from those deep rooted traditional approaches, and how this may be useful. We will also discuss the situations where these types of databases may be more appropriate.

About Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at You can reach him by email at or on twitter at @venkat_s.