Dr. John Bates

CEO at Plat One


Dr. John Bates is a pioneer in the fields of the Internet of Things and Big Data Streaming Analytics and is widely recognized as being one of technology’s foremost innovators. Wall Street and Technology named John as one of the top ten “Innovators of the Decade” in 2011 and Institutional Investor listed him as one of the “Tech 50” most influential technologists in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

John’s fascination with Thingalytics began while he was working on a PhD at Cambridge University in England. This was where he was inspired to develop the technology that would one day help businesses to run smarter.

John co-founded a company, called Apama, with his friend Dr. Giles Nelson with the goal of capitalizing on this new science by helping companies to handle the emerging challenges. Initially they focused on addressing some burning issues in the financial services industry—algorithmic and high frequency trading—which became the first niche market for Apama. As time went on and the data deluge increased, more and more businesses began showing an interest in Apama’s unique offering. Since Apama, John has served as CTO of Progress Software and most recently CTO of Big Data, CMO and Head of Industry Solutions at Software AG. John is also a member of the Advisory Board of C5 Capital.

John features widely in industry and national newspapers and magazines, in industry-recognized blogs and has appeared on television and in video blogs. He has been profiled by the Boston Business Journal and quoted on the BBC’s website, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

He is frequently quoted in trade press including ZDNet, Information Age, Inside Market Data, Waters, Investor’s Business Daily, Wall Street & Technology, Markets Media and Wall Street Letter. He has appeared on CNBC, CNN, Fox Business News and Sky News.

In July 2010, John became a member of the newly established Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the independent agency that regulates commodity futures and options markets in the United States.

John has long had a passion for helping businesses, from pioneering and commercializing new science and techniques from the research lab, to becoming a trusted advisor to major corporations.