Office Hour with Ben Werther & Kevin Beyer

Office Hour, Rhinelander North (Table A)

Kevin Beyer, Principal Architect, Platfora

Kevin Beyer


Kevin Beyer is the Principal Architect at Platfora with 20 years of experience in building database systems. As a Research Staff Member at IBM, he created Jaql, a scripting language for large-scale, semi-structured data processing on Hadoop. Prior to the Jaql project, he added XML indexing support to IBM DB2. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Wisconsin focused on analytical query processing.

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Ben Werther


Ben Werther is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Platfora. Ben launched Platfora, and was the founding CEO for four years, with the goal of transforming how ‘citizen data scientists’ in every company make sense and drive action through direct and effortless use of big data. Before founding Platfora, Ben was vice president of products for DataStax, where he shaped the company‚Äôs enterprise and Hadoop strategy, and was also head of products at Greenplum through its acquisition by EMC. Ben has a B.S. in Computer Science from Monash University (Australia) and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.


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