Office Hour with Philip Kromer

Office Hour, Exhibit Hall (Office Hours A)
  • Why context matters to data analysis.
  • The toolkit for working with big data
  • Infochimps Big Data tools and how they can help the average developer or an enterprise
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Philip (Flip) Kromer


I’m a Distinguished Engineer at CSC and co-founder, CTO and chief architect of Infochimps, a CSC Big Data Business, the leading big data platform in the cloud. At Infochimps, a CSC Big Data Business we built a scalable architecture that allows app programmers and statisticians to quickly and confidently manipulate data streams at arbitrary scale — terabytes in size, thousands of events per second, dozens of disparate data sources. We use a mixture of Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Storm/Kafka, Goliath and other industrial-strength solutions.

As part of this work, I’ve authored several successful open-source projects including Wukong (the most-used frameworks for Ruby streaming in Hadoop); Ironfan (cloud orchestration capable of spinning up clusters large or small at the push of a button) and Configliere (ruby configuration made easy). I am also a core committer to Goliath (liquid fast concurrent web framework) and Storm (an open-source streaming analytics platform emerging as a core piece of the Big Data stack).

I am the author of “Big Data for Chimps”, a book on data science in practice for O’Reilly books ( I have spoken at South by Southwest, Hadoop World, Strata, NIST and CloudCon, and contributed a case study chapter to “Hadoop: The Definitive Guide”.


  • EMC
  • Microsoft
  • HPCC Systems™ from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
  • MarkLogic
  • Shared Learning Collaborative
  • Cloudera
  • Digital Reasoning Systems
  • Pentaho
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Teradata Aster
  • VMware
  • IBM
  • NetApp
  • Oracle
  • 1010data
  • 10gen
  • Acxiom
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Calpont
  • Cisco
  • Couchbase
  • Cray
  • Datameer
  • DataSift
  • DataStax
  • Esri
  • Facebook
  • Feedzai
  • Hadapt
  • Hortonworks
  • Impetus
  • Jaspersoft
  • Karmasphere
  • Lucid Imagination
  • MapR Technologies
  • Pervasive
  • Platform Computing
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Scaleout Software
  • Skytree, Inc.
  • Splunk
  • Tableau Software
  • Talend

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