Presented By O'Reilly and Cloudera
Make Data Work
September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Executive panel: Big data use cases around the world

Moderated by:
Steven Totman (Cloudera)
Siew Choo Soh (DBS Bank), Meena Ram (CIBC), David Leach (Qrious)
2:55pm3:35pm Thursday, September 28, 2017
Business case studies, Strata Business Summit
Location: 1A 18 Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Cloud, Financial services

Who is this presentation for?

  • CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, data scientists, and data warehouse leads and architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of cloud and Hadoop concepts

What you'll learn

  • Explore how a variety of leading companies implement big data and cloud projects


Big data and the cloud have spread around the world, and Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada are already seeing dramatic investments and returns. In a panel moderated by Steve Totman, senior executives from a variety of leading companies, including DBS, CIBC, and Qrious, share use cases, challenges, and how to be successful on the opposite side of the world from where technologies like Hadoop got started.

Topics include:

  • Why these companies are focusing on big data and the cloud as revenue and growth drivers
  • Key use cases at market-leading companies in APAC and Canada
  • Challenges faced by big data projects including skills and training
  • Using innovative events like Hack2Hires, datathons, and data battles to drive use cases and recruit resources
  • Unique cultural, technological, and legal aspects of delivering big data projects such as data sovereignty
  • The opportunities for technology and partner companies to help the growth in this region
  • The regional and cultural differences between organizations in APAC and Canada and how they impact big data and cloud projects
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Steven Totman


Steven Totman is Cloudera’s big data subject-matter expert, helping companies monetize their big data assets using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub. Steve works with over 180 customers worldwide and helps across verticals in architectures around data management tools, data models, and ethical data usage. Previously, Steve ran strategy for a mainframe-to-Hadoop company and drove product strategy at IBM for DataStage and Information Server after joining with the Ascential acquisition. He architected IBM’s Infosphere product suite and led the design and creation of governance and metadata products like Business Glossary and Metadata Workbench. Steve holds several patents in data integration and governance- and metadata-related designs. Although he is based in NYC, Steve is happiest onsite with customers wherever they may be in the world.

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Siew Choo Soh

DBS Bank

Siew Choo Soh is managing director and head of core systems technology at DBS Bank, where she is responsible for driving strategy for enterprise-wide technology solutions for core banking, data analytics, finance, risk, compliance, audit, and technology solutions for the 16 countries that DBS is operating in and for driving the technology transformation agenda, which includes leveraging the cloud, big data, machine learning, and Agile methods. She is also a member of the DBS Singapore Management Committee. Siew Choo has led the insourcing of all technology application teams and the transformation of the legacy application stack to modern technology. In 2017, Siew Choo is focusing on building the enterprise data platform and the merger integration of DBS’s acquisition of ANZ retail and wealth businesses in five countries in Asia. Previously, Siew Choo spent 19 years as head of technology for Asia banking at JPMorgan, where she headed the Asia equities and Asia transaction banking technology teams based in Japan and Hong Kong and led multiyear technology build-outs to support JPM’s aggressive business expansion for equities and transaction banking across Asia. Siew Choo was an ASEAN pre-university scholar (awarded by the Public Service Commission of Singapore) and attended Victoria Junior College in Singapore. She was the top Honors student at National University of Singapore, from which she holds a bachelor of computer science with first-class honors and an MBA. Siew Choo speaks English, Malay, and conversational Chinese.

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Meena Ram


Meena Ram works in enterprise data strategy and governance in the Chief Data Office at CIBC.

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David Leach


David Leach is CEO at Qrious, a New Zealand-based software company specializing in big data and advanced analytics. David is a qualified engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in business strategy, transformation, and people leadership. David has a passion for technology innovation and improving customer experience and is very effective at fostering high-performance teams, initiating change, and driving innovation. Previously, David held numerous roles at Orion Health and sat on the company’s executive leadership team. David also represented Orion Health on the Board for Precision Driven Health, a $38M public-provider research partnership to promote the new era of precision-driven healthcare.