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Dec 4–5, 2017: Training
Dec 5–7, 2017: Tutorials & Conference

Smart cities, the smart grid, the IoT, and big data

Mark Donsky (Okera), Syed Rafice (Cloudera)
2:30pm3:00pm Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Smart cities and the electricity smart grid have become leading examples of the IoT, in which distributed sensors describe mission-critical behavior by generating billions of metrics daily. Mark Donsky and Syed Rafice show how smart utilities and cities rely on Hadoop to capture, analyze, and harness this data to increase safety, availability, and efficiency across the entire electricity grid. Mark and Syed also walk you through real-world use cases and explain how to apply the lessons learned from smart cities and the smart grid to other applications of the internet of things.

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Mark Donsky


Mark Donsky is a director of product management at Okera, a software provider that provides discovery, access control, and governance at scale for today’s modern heterogenous data environments, where he leads product management. Previously, Mark led data management and governance solutions at Cloudera, and he’s held product management roles at companies such as Wily Technology, where he managed the flagship application performance management solution, and Silver Spring Networks, where he managed big data analytics solutions that reduced greenhouse gas emissions by millions of dollars annually. He holds a BS with honors in computer science from the Western University, Ontario, Canada.

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Syed Rafice


Syed Rafice is a principal system engineer at Cloudera specializing in big data on Hadoop technologies and both platform and cybersecurity. He is responsible for designing, building, developing, and assuring a number of enterprise-level big data platforms using the Cloudera distribution. Syed has worked across multiple sectors including government, telecoms, media, utilities, financial services, and transport.