Rob Thomas

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Rob Thomas is General Manager of IBM Analytics. He is based in Somers, NY, and brings extensive experience in management, business development, and consulting in the high technology and financial services industries. He has worked extensively with global businesses and his background includes experience in business and operational strategy, high technology, acquisitions and divestitures, manufacturing operations, and product design and development.

In his current role, Mr. Thomas leads product development for Big Data and Information Management. His scope includes the development of IBM’s database, data warehouse, Hadoop, data security, and data integration products. His focus is on cloud, appliance, and on-premises software development, with an emphasis on Agile development processes and continuous delivery. Mr. Thomas also has responsibility for appliance manufacturing and operations. Mr. Thomas has development sites around the world, with substantial operations in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, China and India.

Prior to this role, Mr. Thomas held a variety of roles in IBM Software Group. He led Big Data field operations, which is IBM’s business unit focused on analytics and big data. Previous to this, Mr. Thomas led Business Development for Information Management software, where he architected the company's strategy to acquire and partner for Big Data technology. He was responsible for mergers & acquisitions, channel strategy and sales, major ISV and SI partnerships. Mr. Thomas led IBM’s acquisition of Initiate Systems, Netezza, and Vivisimo.

Prior to this, Mr. Thomas had general management responsibilities for IBM’s engineering services and semiconductor business in Asia Pacific. Based in Tokyo, Japan, he was responsible for this $1 billion operation, which included custom product design and development, as well as manufacturing. He led a team with locations throughout Asia, including development centers in Japan, China, and India. Mr. Thomas personally managed key engagements with Nintendo (microprocessor design for the Wii), Sony, Konica Minolta, Lenovo, CEC/Greatwall, Samsung, and other leading electronics companies.

Mr. Thomas is an avid golfer and exercise enthusiast. He lives in New Canaan, Conn, with his wife and three children. An accomplished speaker and author that published Big Data Revolution (Wiley) in 2015, Mr Thomas’ current writings are available at

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