Barry.Morris

Barry.Morris

As executive chairman, Barry chairs the Board of Directors and drives the external matters of NuoDB, including industry thought leadership, strategic partnerships and business relationships as well as product and technology strategy. He also serves as an advisor to the CEO and senior leadership on all aspects of the business.

Barry is an accomplished software executive with more than 25 years of industry experience in the U.S. and Europe — startups to publicly held companies. As the founding CEO of NuoDB, Barry built the company from ground up into a successful database company and a leader in scale-out SQL technology.

Prior to founding NuoDB, Barry was the CEO at IONA Technologies, where he led Ireland's most successful software company through its strongest period of growth, with more than $180 million in revenues. He was subsequently chairman and chief executive officer of StreamBase Systems, where he turned the company into the market leader in Complex Event Processing (CEP). Barry has also held leadership roles in various companies in the U.S. and Europe, including PROTEK, Metrica, Lotus Development and DEC.

Born in South Africa, Barry lived in England and Ireland before moving to the Greater Boston Area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from New College Oxford University and an honorary doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the IMCA. He also serves on boards of several startups in Boston, Ireland and South Africa.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Barry Morris and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Barry.Morris

Counting database costs: databases and elasticity
Business of Data

Counting database costs: databases and elasticity

How database systems are finally lining up with the rest of the application stack to support modern elastic data centers, and deliver the associated cost benefits.
October 24, 2017
Back to the (SQL) Future, Part 3
Business of Data

Back to the (SQL) Future, Part 3

In the first post in this series, I discussed the emergence of NoSQL to address the need to make databases compatible with cloud needs. And in my last blog post, I talked about the dichotomy between smart databases and smart applications. I asked whether we can have smart databases that can scale on the cloud.
August 22, 2017
Simpler applications and smarter databases, Part 2
Business of Data

Simpler applications and smarter databases, Part 2

I've talked about the emergence of NoSQL as an antidote to the deficiencies of traditional SQL RDBMS products, and concluded with the question of where the data management industry is going given the current environment, and whether we’re really addressing the needs of senior technology leadership. Let’s go a bit further into the trade-offs represented by NoSQL.
August 10, 2017
The promise and payoff of NoSQL, Part 1
Business of Data

The promise and payoff of NoSQL, Part 1

As we move toward a new industry view of data management, we are also moving towards a world in which smarter databases will enable simpler applications. In this first installment of a 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.
August 3, 2017
Accelerating Organizational Velocity through a Data Center Autopilot
Business of Data

Accelerating Organizational Velocity through a Data Center Autopilot

The data center autopilot will have big consequences and there is not enough recognition of the likely impact. Every company should be moving towards autopilot-style datacenters as fast as possible, in whatever mix of on-prem and public cloud makes sense. And those building enabling technologies need to prioritize the programmable manageability of those systems. Organizational velocity will be hugely accelerated by doing this right.
June 16, 2017
Nonstop IT and the myth of zero-downtime
Business of Data

Nonstop IT and the myth of zero-downtime

Diamonds may be forever but they are non-trivial to produce; applications that are forever may be nearly as challenging to create.
May 15, 2017
Database elasticity: The primary challenge for digital transformation
Business of Data

Database elasticity: The primary challenge for digital transformation

In recent years we have seen an accelerating trend of IT becoming increasingly strategic to business, not least in the enterprise. Under the banner of Digital Transformation, businesses large and small are making strategic commitments to technology as a primary driver of competitive success. There is broad acceptance that Every Company is a Software Company.rnrnLike so many of these things, it sounds right, and it’s a valuable insight. All of us need to take seriously the idea that we need to engage energetically and relentlessly in Digital Transformation. But of course embracing the concept is a lot easier than translating that concept to effective plans. “Sign me up” is the easy part; “Now what?” is the hard part.rn
April 10, 2017