Patrick Valduriez was awarded the grade of ACM Fellow for his contributions to parallel and distributed data management in computer networks. In order to get more out of giant databases using increasingly powerful computers, each large computation has to be divided into thousands of small ones, with a portion given to each processor. Processors then have to carry out regular verifications in order to reorganise processing, where necessary. This is where the work of Patrick Valduriez comes in, with his innovative solutions now used by the biggest names in database software. The researcher has moved past basic research, making significant contributions to technology transfer. One of his biggest achievements was the DISCO software, which was transferred to the comparison website Kelkoo. Running parallel to this, the emergence of Big Data in the context of multidisciplinary projects has given Valduriez the opportunity to extensively test techniques which factor in the complex and heterogeneous nature of datasets at different levels. This work has seen him collaborating with scientists from life sciences and agronomy.