Susan Sterling

Senior Systems Engineer at IBM Cloud

Senior Systems Engineer at IBM (Current)
Innovation * Agility * Strategy * Architecture * Governance

Strategize, architect and engineer all matters database including emerging Cassandra, Couchbase and MongoDB for APIConnect, plus traditional DB2, Oracle and MSSQL. Engage clients and stakeholders at all levels with a collaborative and disciplined approach to ensure optimal data governance, modeling, quality, and integrity best practices.

• Trusted Partner Database Subject Matter Expert
• Global Vendor Manager
• Emerging Technology Innovator
• Value Proposition Illuminator
• Builds Solid Solutions to Broad Complex Challenges

Database Engineer Director Trailblazer at MetLife (Prior)

IBM-Certified DB2 LUW Solutions Expert
ADP II/IT U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance

Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB
DB2 LUW and zOS, CICS, OLTP/BI, BLU, Marts/Warehouses
MongoDB, BigInsights, Guardium, LINUX, AIX, Windows

Key member of Technical Advisory Boards:
IBM DB2 LUW Customer Council
IBM Guardium Customer Advisory Board
MongoDB Financial Services Council
Gartner Research Circle

Author and present at Database Conferences:
Int'l DB User Group North America, 2015, 2013, 2008, 2007
Int'l DB User Group Europe, Middle East, Asia, 2014, 2008, 2005
IBM DB2 LUW Technical Advisory Board, 2011, 2009
IBM Information on Demand, 2012, 2006

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    Benchmarked Cassandra, Couchbase and MongoDB
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    Trailblazed MongoDB fast implementation < 3 months
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    Authored DBMS TCO Choice White Paper
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    Built DB2 replatform plan for $2.2MM savings
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    Created predictive analytics performance dashboard
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    Deployed Guardium for RDBMS plus MongoDB, Hadoop

Career Highlights

  • Senior Systems Engineer
    IBM Cloud
  • Database Engineer Director
    MetLife Enterprise Architecture
  • Database Domain Lead
    MetLife Enterprise Database Systems
  • Diploma
    New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Queens College of CUNY
  • Owner
    Sterling Knowledge

Ask Susan Q&A
Q: Should I take CAP theorem literally for "NOSQL" databases?
A: CAP theorem should not be taken literally, just considered. The choices are not "binary", but are flexible and tunable.

“The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.” - James T. Kirk

Skills & Years of Experience

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Structured, Unstructured


Modelling, Provenance

Analytics, Business Intelligence

Warehouses, Marts, OLTP

Governance, Compliance