The openCypher project aims to turn the Cypher graph query language into an open, collaborative standard. The first openCypher Implementers Meeting (oCIM) at SAP's headquarters in February 2017 drew over 35 attendees from around ten companies and research groups. There are new features coming in Cypher, some of them already making it into the Neo4j product, others still in design. One big topic is "multiple graphs" – how to make Cypher a composable language that takes graphs in and pushes graphs out. This is a natural fit for graph analytic processing in the Apache Spark environment. Hear about transactions and analytics with Cypher, Neo4j and Spark, i.e., the future of graph data management.
Alastair was the Head of Design and Architecture for risk systems at the Royal Bank of Scotland before joining Neo, and before that the Head of Enterprise Data Distribution Infrastructure at Barclays Investment Bank, responsible for architecture and product management of an internal product for data integration. He has a long background in software vendor companies, including two startups, specialising in the development and architecture of products for transaction processing and data management, particularly in distributed systems. He is an industry standards author and participant, and has a current interest in evolving data query languages to cover non-relational data models.