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Nicholas Gunder

Nicholas Gunder is a Software Engineering Manager at Motorola Denmark. He is originally from the USA, but was transferred from Chicago to Copenhagen in the fall of 2002. He has been working on Motorola’s telecom infrastructure development since 2001.

Nicholas was introduced to Erlang for the first time in 2003 through a prototype project sponsored by Motorola Labs. After being impressed by the prototype, he was able to secure project funding, and push Erlang to be used outside of Motorola labs. He is currently working on his third, and by far largest, technology project using Erlang/OTP.

Nicholas's talk at Erlang eXchange will focus on Erlang at Motorola Denmark.

Nicholas Gunder is Giving the Following Talks
Introducing Erlang to Motorola: The Journey to Success

Nicholas will explain how two engineers in Motorola were able to persuade top management to move Erlang out of the labs and into real telecommunications projects. First looking at the initial ideas and reasoning for using Erlang inside of Motorola, this presentation will then dive deaper into some of the organisational and technological issues associated with deploying a new development language in a large company. Two projects will be highlighted, each were used as powerful case studies to convince people to see Erlang as an enabler to higher productivity and better quality. The nature of our systems as concurrent, real time and distributed beasts will also be covered and how this matches up with the strengths of Erlang/OTP.

Motorola Denmark is the center of excellence for worldwide TETRA engineering. You can read more about what we do in detail here:
CouchDB from 10,000 ft - an introduction to CouchDB

This presentation takes a look at CouchDB from 10,000 ft. We try not to lose you in technical details and paint the big picture that you need to understand CouchDB’s strengths and weaknesses.

CouchDB is a document oriented database. It does not adhere to the relational principles of traditional databases. You will learn what that means for your application design.

CouchDB’s replication support solves the problems of high-traffic web sites, distributed peer-to-peer, and offline applications all at the same time. We show you what kind of applications you are able to build with that.

However, CouchDB is no Silver Bullet and there are cases where it is a poor fit. You will learn to decide when to use it for your project and when you are better off with a different solution.