Alex Clark, Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder, Bit Stew Systems
Clark's 15-year career has made him a seasoned data architect and leading expert in web service technologies, global class computing, and building high-performance, secure, scalable and distributed architectures. He is responsible for developing the initial software that has evolved into MIx Director and is an expert in real-time systems and data integration.
In his previous role at BC Hydro, Clark was responsible for data architecture relating to the rollout of the utility’s two-million-meter smart grid project. Clark was also Chief Technology Officer with Navio Systems, Inc. and led the technical vision for the company’s award-winning and patented rights-based commerce technology. Prior to Navio, Alex was Chief Software Architect for B3 Security Corp., where he conceptualized and built the company’s secure, distributed and real-time transaction processing system.
Clark studied aerospace engineering at San Jose State University and computer science at West Valley College. He is part of the ZigBee Alliance, has authored numerous publications and patents, and has served as guest speaker on various topics at corporations and universities around the world.
In his current role as Chief Software Architect at Bit Stew, Clark leads the R&D function and collaborates on the evolution of the product roadmap. In this position, he combines his extensive experience in the utility industry with his deep knowledge of software design.
Articles by Alex Clark
Traditional data warehousing models and open source alternatives such as Apache Hadoop and Storm have been touted as solutions to a variety of "big data" challenges. However, utilities have found that these approaches cannot handle the scale and complexity of data generated in industrial environments. Additionally, they fail to provide the real-time analysis and situational awareness that utilities need to improve decision making or address critical events in real-time, such as optimizing crews during outages and severe weather events.
Posted September 24, 2015