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 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 technologies.
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 Web site of the thrilling Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match by scaling it to handle the unexpected and unprecedented millions of visitors.
Over the past ten years Sean has become increasingly interested in the application of semantic technology standards in enterprise software. He realized that semantic technologies not only offered fresh approaches to solving problems that he had previously found extremely difficult, but they also presented the opportunity to pioneer solutions that have never before been attempted. In his last project at IBM, Sean directed the design and open-source implementation of theIBM Semantic Layered Research Platform, including the Boca RDF store, a complete re-think of traditional middleware through the use of semantic technologies. His move from IBM to found Cambridge Semantics Inc. in 2007 is a huge vote of confidence that the time for semantically aware applications 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.