Dr. Akmal B. Chaudhri has been working with database technology since 1988. He has held roles as a developer, consultant and product strategist with Reuters, Logica, Computer Associates, Informix and IBM. He has published and presented widely on Java, XML and Database systems and edited or co-edited 10 books. He has worked extensively on world-wide developer relations programs at IBM and world-wide university relations and academic initiative programs at Informix and IBM. His presentations are often very highly-rated by attendees for content, impartiality and entertainment. He holds a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Computing and Information Systems, MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).