Diane Burley

Chief Content Strategist

Responsible for overall content strategy and developing integrated content delivery systems for MarkLogic. She is a former online executive with Gannett with astute business sense, a metaphorical communication style and no fear of technology. Diane has delivered speeches to global audiences on using technologies to transform business. She believes that regardless of industry or audience, "unless the content is highly relevant -- and perceived to be valuable by the individual or organization -- it is worthless." 


Where did you grow up?

Williamsville, New York

What is your favorite hobby?

Cooking -- love cooking with my two sons. It's relaxing, creative and sometimes a bit competitive!!

Where was your favorite place you went on vacation?

Sicily. It was like the collision of the ancient with the modern. Absolutely riveting.

What type of music do you like to listen to?

Depends on the day and the task at hand. Rock for cleaning, jazz for writing. Stuff in between for long rides.

What is your favorite season? Why?

Love the summer; the long periods of daylight, not being cold and eating from my garden.

Most Posts By Diane Burley

Faux Open Source

We hear it a lot from folks wanting to use “only” open source. And we get it. Its a philosophical discussion of open source vs enterprise – that has advantages and disadvantages — and polite people agree to disagree. But there are also some products that masquerade as open source — but they are in […]


Search Rocks — If the Database Can Too

My colleague Jason and I were talking about search — which spilled into a 3-day exchange of emails between us — with me trying to work from the metaphor of dance and synchronization and he with engines and cars. (Talk about rigid data structures). Then like a bluebird, I received this gem from him. Plan […]


Can It Be Searchable — But Not Readable?

Working with brainiacs, great discussions spontaneously occur. The following situation arose: A client wanted  all data to be searchable – but not all data readable. The instance they gave was an HR person knowing that specific forms were there — but not allowing them to be read. What were best practices? Our engineering and field […]


Book Analysis the XML Way

Author Dan McCreary’s new book “Making Sense of NoSQL” is due out soon – and not only have we had advances of book chapters, but we have seen an advance analysis of the book. Using XML to deconstruct a book is something that is incredibly easy to do with XQuery. “We ran the reports as […]


Is Your Software Architecture Holding You Back?

From the blog BrainsLink comes 10 Signs Your Software Architecture is Flawed: a list of roadblocks, speedbumps and other impediments for your development teams. Hat tip to Isaac Sacolic @nyike  


9 Bad Reasons to Not Adopt NoSQL

It is amazing sometimes that some people are so wedded to a decision that despite things going horribly wrong will continue to rationalize why it is still right. It’s sort of a corollary to that insanity theory, if you will. We see this in software all the time; there is a much more obvious solution and people […]


Big Data Nation Boston: Triples & NoSQL

The tour rolled into Boston this week and despite the skies opening, we managed a robust and avid audience. My colleague at MarkLogic, Amir Halfon CTO of Financial Services was my cohort and we spent a good portion of time demystifying how a NoSQL (not-only) database works. Not surprisingly, with seemingly a zillion NoSQL options […]


Big Data Nation Chicago: Situational Awareness

Volume, velocity and variety of weather had hit Chicago on Wednesday but the Blackhawks had won in triple overtime and the sky was blue for us when the Big Data Tour stopped at Spiaggia Restaurant downtown on Thursday morning. It was a terrific audience — and the first one I can say that had gender parity. […]


Big Data Nation Atlanta: Be a Thought Leader

  Wow! What a panel. And what a crowd: just soaking up the knowledge from our esteemed big data experts. Chris Anderson is head of technology at Reed Elsevier — and is one of those individuals that believes that his job is more than just doing the HR-supplied description — but in being a thought […]


Big Data Nation Tour: Dallas

The Big Data Nation tour pulled into Dallas last Thursday and was met by a large and intellectually engaging crowd. A quick poll of the audience showed that they were up on the vernacular – but struggling with the concepts of what big data could mean for them (and their careers). Some were with universities […]