Office Hour with Bala Venkatrao, Erich Hochmuth, Aparna Ramani & Mark Seidenstricker

Office Hour, Rhinelander North (Table A)

Bala Venkatrao, Director, Product Management, Cloudera; Erich Hochmuth, R&D IT Big Data & Analytics Lead, Monsanto; Aparna Ramani, Director, EngineeringCloudera & Mark Seidenstricker, Infrastructure Architect, Monsanto

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Bala Venkatrao

Unravel Data

Bala Venkatrao is currently part of the Founding Team and VP, Products at Unravel Data, a start-up that is re-defining Application Performance Management for Big Data Applications. Bala’s prior experience includes working in product mgmt/strategy roles at Elastic and Cloudera. Bala was an early employee at Cloudera where he was involved in a wide array of activities including Product Management, Marketing, Partnership Development and Customer Advocacy.

Unravel radically simplifies the management and operations of Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL and MPP applications. Unravel is used by several leading organizations to optimize application performance and cluster utilization.

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Erich Hochmuth


Erich Hochmuth is lead of the Big Data and Analytics IT team that supports R&D at Monsanto. For the past three years Erich has been working on a cross functional team to build a heterogeneous computing stack to meet the compute and analytic needs of Monsanto’s scientific community.

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Aparna Ramani


Aparna is Director of Engineering at Cloudera, where she leads the development of Cloudera Manager – the industry’s first end-to-end management application for Apache Hadoop. Prior to Cloudera, she worked on search monetization products at Yahoo! and on contextual advertising systems at Microsoft. Aparna holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

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Mark Seidenstricker



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