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Ian Howells is a passionate technologist and serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience building successful technology companies through IPO and acquisition. Prior to joining Argyle Data, Ian has held senior marketing roles at Documentum from its early days through to IPO, SeeBeyond through its IPO and acquisition by Sun, Alfresco from a startup to the largest private open source company in the world, StorSimple, acquired by Microsoft, and Couchbase through a period of 400% growth. Ian has a Ph.D. in distributed databases and has published a number of papers and contributed to books on related topics. Ian has a passion for applying big data analytics techniques to marketing and open source. He previously penned the blog "Open Source Hearts and Minds" for Computerworld.