Sean Martin

Sean Martin

Chief Technical Officer

Sean Martin has been on the leading edge of Internet technology innovation since the early nineties. His greatest strength has been the identification and pioneering of next generation software & networking technologies and techniques. Prior to founding Cambridge Semantics he spent fifteen years with IBM Corporation where he was a founder and the technology visionary for the IBM Advanced Internet Technology Skunkworks group. Sean has an astonishing number of Internet "firsts" to his credit. These include inventing and implementing both IBM's first Web application server and content-manager, WOM, along with its distributed Web application hosting environment, the Womplex, not to mention a number of other important web site scaling and load balancing technologies.

Sean was also responsible for bringing numerous sporting events live to the Web for the first time. This began with Wimbledon, the PGA Championship and the US Open (both golf and tennis) in 1995 and continued through to the highly trafficked 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where he also launched one of the Internet's first commercial applications, selling event tickets. Sean co-founded IBM's Extreme Blue recruiting program in 1999. In another first, Sean led the invention and implementation of IBM's Sash Weblication Manager, a full-featured native client-side integrated HTML & JavaScript runtime and IDE that anticipated the Web 2.0, Ajax and the current mobile HTML5/Web App movements. Sean was a pioneer in defining SOA. It was under his direction that Sash included IBM's first ever Web Service SOAP & XML-RPC client stacks and associated developer tooling. He led the first effort to use XMPP for asynchronous web services. Sean has represented IBM at the OMG Life Sciences Research group, the Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C), and also on the W3C's Semantic Web in Healthcare and Life Sciences group.

During his time at IBM, Sean was honored with many awards including IBM's Outstanding Technical Innovation award, the Chairman's Award, the IBM Corporation International Star Award, IBM Europe's Technical Excellence award, IBM's Outstanding Technical Achievement award, as well as a special award for rescuing the Website of the thrilling Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match by scaling it to handle the unexpected and unprecedented millions of visitors.

Whilst still at IBM Sean became increasingly interested in the practical application of semantic technology standards to enterprise software and data. He realized that Semantic Technologies, Enterprise Knowledge Graphs and Smart Data not only offered fresh approaches to solving data integration, application development and communication problems that he had previously found extremely difficult, but they also presented the opportunity to pioneer Big Data solutions that have never before been attempted. His move from IBM to found Cambridge Semantics Inc. in 2007 is a huge vote of confidence that the time for Smart Data has arrived.

Sean has written numerous patents and has authored a number of peer reviewed Life Sciences journal articles. He is a native of South Africa, has lived for extended periods in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, but now makes his home in Boston, MA.