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Platforms for Business Data

Moderated by:
Roger Magoulas (O'Reilly Media)
David Winters (Teradata), Chris Selland (HP Vertica), Milan Vaclavik (CenturyLink Technology Solutions)
Data-Driven Business Beekman Parlor -- Sutton North
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As businesses try to put data to work, they face a daunting array of choices and challenges. Where should the data live? How do they balance privacy and democratization of analysis? What’s the trade-off between on-premise and on-demand storage, or between up-front capital investment and pay-as-you go pricing?

In this panel session, Teradata’s David Winters, Vertica’s Chris Selland, and Savvis’ Milan Vaclavik, join O’Reilly Media’s Roger Magoulas to look at the platforms that make big data an enterprise reality.

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Roger Magoulas

O'Reilly Media

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.​

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David Winters


Dave is the Senior Data Architect in Teradata’s Big Data Center of Excellence. In this role he is responsible for architecture, best practices, and fielding of Teradata’s UDA appliance. He is a member of the Hadoop SWAT and Whitecoat teams and has cross responsibility for technical product development and professional services delivery. His account list contains light-house and major logo accounts in Teradata’s portfolio. He is regularly called to brief senior leadership teams and to work directly with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and leading technologists. His specialty is solving tough business problems with state of the art technology. He enjoys working across all levels of technology from executive to developer roles.

Before joining Teradata, Mr. Winters specialized in database engineering and architectures for Informatica. He successfully delivered consulting services to public and private firms in a variety of industries and verticals. Working closely with senior executives he leveraged his insight into database technology to gain new customers and win additional business projects. His major projects included architecting and implementation of Informatica ETL platform in Facebook’s 100PB Hadoop cluster. He was influential in first deployments and roll-out of Hadoop BDE for Informatica. His focus area for Informatica was Silicon Valley and US Western region.

Prior to joining Informatica, Mr. Winters was principle executive at DSi, where he was instrumental in building database consulting and engineering solutions to service high tech firms such as: HealthNet, Ants, Apple, PG&E, GoldenGate(Oracle), Intel, Embarcadero, government agencies, and several start-ups.

His previous roles include VP professional services, database architect, VP pre-sales support, product manager, data warehouse architect, performance and capacity planning. His focus is solving customer data problems.

Mr. Winters has written monthly columns for BackOffice(Pennwell) and is published in numerous articles and trade magazines. He blogs about SQL at TheSeldonVault. His current interests include large database analytics, data quality, high performance NoSQL platforms, and transaction stream analysis.

Mr. Winters served in the USAF as a command pilot and mission commander. He was a test support pilot and instructor pilot at USAF Test Pilot School Edward AFB. He flew and tested most of the current US and foreign military aircraft types. Mr. Winters commanded an elite special operations detachment in Europe. He served as 940th Wing Communication Squadron commander at Beale AFB with a team of 250 civilian and military members.

Dave lives in Auburn California with his wife, two daughters, dog, and a lagomorph named Snookie. His favorite hobbies are soccer, skydiving, snowboarding, and BASE jumping.

Mr. Winters attended University of Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Troy. He holds a BS in Computer Science. He is a graduate of the USAF SOS Management School at Maxwell AFB. Advanced DoD project management certified, and holds government security clearances.

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Chris Selland

HP Vertica

Chris Selland is vice president of Marketing for HP Vertica. In this role, he leads global marketing for the HP Vertica Analytics platform.
Selland has more than 20 years of experience in online, search and inbound marketing programs. He also has led strategic alliance and corporate development initiatives for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies.
Selland is an established thought leader, speaker and author on customer strategy-related topics, including social media analytics and marketing, customer relationship management, customer analytics, metrics and loyalty.
Earlier in his career, Selland was vice president of CRM and Internet Research at the Yankee Group, and later he founded Reservoir Partners, a customer strategy research firm that merged with Aberdeen Group.
He received a bachelor’s degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration in international business and economics from the New York University Stern School of Business.

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Milan Vaclavik

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Milan Vaclavik is Sr. Director and Solution Lead for Savvis’ big data solutions. For more than 20 years, he has been bringing innovative software solutions to market in a variety of industries including enterprise messaging and collaboration, digital rights management, document automation, supply chain management, and physical security. He has held senior product management, marketing and business development positions with startup software firms, as well as larger organizations such as Lotus Development/IBM, GE and LexisNexis. Milan holds a bachelors degree in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance and Management of the Organization from Columbia Business School.


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