Northrop Grumman

Big Data - A System Integrator's Perspective

Dr. Ray Renner

Technical Fellow
Northrop Grumman Corp.

Big data/data science/advanced geospatial analytic technologies and tools are advancing and proliferating rapidly, adding to the complexity and challenges of effectively bringing together COTS, OSS, GOTS in ways that are adaptive to the latest innovations in the field and effective for our missions. System integrators need to find the right balance between applying latest technologies and the discipline/domain expertise to address mission needs. Big Data has the potential to revolutionize the way that our customers collect, consume, analyze and visualize data. As these capabilities move out of Research and Development and into large development and integration projects, system integrators are faced with challenges and concerns with successfully realizing the potential and impact of big data for our customers. These challenges include what does big data mean for specific customers, good test data, open source software licensing and others. We will discuss these challenges, concerns and some approaches to them.

Dr. Ray Renner is a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. Northrop Grumman is a leading system integration company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide with over 65,000 employees across 25 countries. Ray is the Chief Engineer on a big data productization effort at Northrop Grumman and the Chairperson for the Northrop Grumman Information System Software Engineering Center of Excellence. He has 25 years of experience in software and systems development and software R&D. His research interests include geospatial analysis and visualization, big data analysis and visualization, software engineering and Agile software development.