Dr. Shelley has a PhD in bio-medical engineering, having worked in the UK, Germany and USA; he has led Research and Development, Quality and IT organizations and held positions in various technical and business leadership roles including CIO. As Chief Technology Officer at Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC), Phil is leading IT Operations and is focusing on the modernization of IT across the company. Phil is active in the migration of workload off mainframes, large-scale private open-source cloud computing, Hadoop for Big-Data BI and infrastructure modernization, helping SHC be an ever stronger real-time digital enterprise. Phil is co-chair of the cloud computing chapter of the IAOP. Phil is also CEO of MetaScale. MetaScale, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, is an IT managed Services Company. MetaScale makes Big Data easy by designing, delivering and operating Hadoop-based solutions for Analytics, Mainframe Migration and massive-scale processing, integrated into the customers’ Enterprise.
Sears may be a 120-year-old company, but it's embracing the latest technology with its strategy for using Hadoop and related big data analytics. CTO Phil Shelley will discuss how the retailer is using big data to improve its marketing and customer understanding, as well as to lower the cost of storing and managing growing quantities of diverse data.