Rob Thomas is Vice President of Product Development in IBM Analytics. He has product responsibility across IBM’s Analytic Platform, including Hadoop, Spark, IBM Netezza, DB2, Real-time Streaming, Information Integration & Governance, Advanced Analytics, and Business Intelligence. Previously, Rob held roles in Global Sales and Business Development. He led the acquisition of Netezza, Initiate, and Vivisimo. Prior to that, Rob led IBM Microelectronics in Asia, living in Tokyo, Japan.