Title: Putting Data into Context Using AWS Neptune

Speaker: Brad Bebee (Amazon Web Services)


Putting data into context, relating it to other information, enables us to answer new questions. We can understand not only what something is, but how it is connected to other things: Is there another team in the organization that has considered this problem?, How will this change impact others?, or What departments depend on this that I don't know about? Understanding these relationships creates new opportunities and enables business transformation by connecting data in new ways; insights are revealed by connecting the unconnected. Graph technologies enable you to store and navigate these links at scale. When we launched Amazon Neptune in May 2018, it created a new option for customers to power graphs with a cloud service. In the past two years, we've learned that foremost customers want to build graphs; graph models and languages are tools that can help, or hinder, them along the way. I will discuss and share insights from customers using graphs to power innovation by processing the relationships in their data and putting it into production with a fully managed solution.

The slides can be downloaded here.


Brad Bebee leads product and engineering for Amazon Neptune, Amazon Web Services (AWS), fully managed graph database service, and works closely with customers and developers to help them build graph-enabled solutions. Prior to joining AWS, he was the CEO of Blazegraph, where he focused on leveraging products for high performance graph databases and analytics into business and mission areas and was an active open source contributor on the Blazegraph platform. He is a subject matter expert in graph and knowledge representation with experience ranging from the precursors of DARPA's DAML program to more recent work with large-scale data analytics using the Hadoop ecosystem, Accumulo, and related technologies. He has extensive experience in architecture and software modeling methodologies, where he has lead and collaborated upon multiple publications receiving recognition for his research. In 2006, he was selected as a participant in the National Academy of Engineering¡¯s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Over the course of his career, Brad has served as a CEO, CTO, CFO, managed operating divisions, and performed advanced technology development for commercial and public-sector customers. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.