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Sam Lightstone is Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member with the IBM Software Group. There, he works on product strategy, product architecture and design, career mentoring, and recruitment for one of IBM's most successful software products. Over the past 17 years, he has lectured and held briefings for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, industrial and scientific conferences, and major universities around the world on topics related to careers, technology trends, emerging research needs, autonomic computing, and self-managing database systems. He has been quoted in eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and MIT Technology Review, and is co-author of four books.