Sep 23–26, 2019

Cloudera Edge Management in the IoT

Purnima Reddy Kuchikulla (Cloudera), Timothy Spann (Cloudera), Abdelkrim Hadjidj (Cloudera)
9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Location: 1E 11

Who is this presentation for?

  • Solution architects, application architects, and big data engineers




CEM is an edge-management solution for IoT and streaming use cases. CEM is made of two components—MiNiFi and Edge Flow Manager. MiNiFi is an edge agent and can be deployed into thousands of edge devices to collect data. It’s a lightweight version of NiFi and acts as a runtime at the edge to execute flow files. MiNiFi also supports TensorFlow, which allows for machine learning (ML) models to be executed at the edge.

Purnima Reddy Kuchikulla, Timothy Spann, and Abdelkrim Hadjidj explain Edge Flow Manager, a new component within CEM. It’s an edge-management hub that manages, controls, and monitors MiNiFi agents. It allows you to develop, deploy, run, and monitor edge-flow apps and ML models at the edge. Edge Flow Manager offers an easy-to-use NiFi-like user interface that allows users to leverage NiFi processors to design data flows that can be pushed out to the edge. These flow files can instruct the edge agent to collect specific data points from the edge device as well as process it at the edge and stream it into the enterprise. These flow files can also be changed from the same user interface and can be deployed to the edge to any specific class of devices. This allows the user to change the behavior of a specific set of agents in the field based on specific criteria.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • General knowledge of programming
  • Experience programming hands on (useful but not required)

Materials or downloads needed in advance


What you'll learn

  • Get hands-on experience handling edge device sand agents, no-code flow programming, and the ability to control and monitor tens of thousands of these agents
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Purnima Reddy Kuchikulla


Purnima Kuchikulla is a solution engineer at Cloudera, where she works with customers on their cloud and big data strategies, and a big data evangelist with 15 years of experience in the industry. Previously, she was at IBM and ADP.

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Timothy Spann


Tim Spann is a field engineer for the data in motion team at Cloudera. Previously, he was a senior solutions architect at airisDATA working with Apache Spark and machine learning; a senior software engineer at SecurityScorecard, helping to build a reactive platform for monitoring real-time third-party vendor security risk in Java and Scala; and a senior field engineer for Pivotal focusing on Cloud Foundry, HAWQ and big data. He’s an avid blogger and the big data zone leader for Dzone. He runs the the very successful Future of Data: Princeton meetup with over 1192. You can find all the source and material behind his talks at his GitHub and Community blog: and

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Abdelkrim Hadjidj


Abdelkrim Hadjidj is a senior data streaming specialist at Cloudera with 10 years experience on several distributed systems (big data, IoT, peer to peer and cloud). Previously, he held several positions including big data lead, CTO, and software engineer at several companies. He was a speaker at various international conferences and published several scientific papers at well-known IEEE and ACM journals. Abdelkrim holds a PhD, MSc, and MSe degrees in computer science.

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