Don Haderle

Father of DB2

The killer app is real-time information serving – serving information about what’s happening NOW. Businesses want to understand what consumers are doing and provide them services in the context of where they are and what they are doing NOW.
Don Haderle served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Information Management segment of IBM for 14 years. He joined IBM in 1968 as a Software Developer, and eventually rose to lead the technical team that created IBM’s premier relational database management system, DB2, from 1970 to 1990. From 1968 to 2005, Don Haderle served in Research & Development at IBM Corp. He retired from IBM in 2005. Don Haderle is known as the “Father of DB2.” He was appointed IBM Fellow in 1989, appointed Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Fellow in 2000 in recognition of his impact on database technology, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the management of high-performance relational databases and leadership in founding the relational database management industry. Don Haderle serves on the Technical Advisory Board at Boardwalktech and Palamida, and advises LTS Commerce. He has also served as a Member of the Technical Advisory Board at Vertica Systems, Inc., Interlace Systems Inc., Ants Software Inc., and newScale Inc. He secured more than 50 patents and disclosures across all areas of database management, and led the efforts to create and deploy the technology in the market. He consults with VCs, startups, and a few mature businesses. Don Haderle is a pioneer of relational database and information management technology. Don is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1967.
Don Haderle