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

Enabling data-driven decision making: Challenges of logical and physical scale

Sarang Anajwala (Autodesk)
4:15pm4:55pm Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Executives in the data space, data product managers, and data architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with the big data solution space and the Hadoop and Spark ecosystems

What you'll learn

  • Autodesk's experience with enabling various user personas for efficient interactions with big data


Autodesk is going through important transformations on products as well as business fronts. On products front, it is expanding its on-premises product offerings to the cloud and on business front, it is moving from perpetual license model to subscription-based license model. These changes call for transformations on the cultural front as well, and data-driven decision making is an important part of this shift.

Sarang Anajwala offers an overview of Autodesk’s centralized data platform, which democratizes analytics across various teams within Autodesk. The platform has gone through multiple iterations to optimize the balance between a complex one-size-fits-all data access layer and multiple fragmented noncohesive data access layers. Sarang talks about various user personas for this big data platform, challenges in enabling them for efficient interactions with big data, and Autodesk’s experience navigating through these challenges.

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Sarang Anajwala


Sarang Anajwala is technical product manager for Autodesk’s next-generation data platform, where he focuses on building the self-service platform for data analysis and data products. Sarang has extensive experience in data architecture and data strategy. Previously, he was an architect building robust big data systems, including a next-generation platform for contextual communications and a data platform for the IoT. He has filed three patents for his innovations in the contextual communications and adaptive designs spaces.