Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Office of the CIO
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tom serves as the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, in the Office of the CIO at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where his mission is to identify and infuse new IT technologies into JPL's environment.

He has led remote teams and large scale IT best practices development and change efforts in both small startup and large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena. Some of the companies he has worked for include Telos, enterWorks, User Technology Associates, Digital Island, Exodus, Cable & Wireless, and Raytheon.

Tom has been both a frequent producer and consumer of advanced collaboration and engineering tools and practices as his ventures have always included a highly distributed workforce that required advanced collaboration practices. Lately, he has sponsored an effort to bring Social Networking, Virtual World, Virtualization and Cloud Computing technologies into effective use at JPL. In so doing, he learned a lot from his teenage daughters and their peers as well as from startup companies.

A peek at artificial intelligence in action at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

At JPL, colleagues are chatting with intelligent digital assistants to get answers and collaborate. Here are a few examples

How Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped developers and operations see eye-to-eye on containers

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Six ways to avoid cloud missteps

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Five principles to guide your big data analytics projects

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The next time you need help identifying funding for a project, turn to your organization’s big data expert, a.k.a your venture capitalist. And remember not to let process get in the way of progress, says Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology Officer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

5 ways CIOs can save time and dig deeper on big data projects

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Tom Soderstrom, CIO, of Jet Propulsion Labs, shares five takeaways from a recent internal big data project that could help you save time and dig deeper in your projects.

Dark data and other big data surprises

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA have been producers and users of big data for a long time. You could say it’s part of our DNA. Until recently our big data strategy has been focused only on science and engineering, such as how could we predict hurricanes and earthquakes or find the most interesting rocks on Mars. These are complex and difficult problems to solve, and they take time. So this past summer we decided to put our big data to work against some problems that were closer to home. And the whole initiative was even more successful than we had hoped.


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