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John Choi is Director of Product Management at IBM Software Group where he is responsible for product direction and strategy for the Big Data software portfolio. Prior to this role, he has held various product/portfolio management and strategy responsibilities in IBM including Information Management and WebSphere with a focusing on portfolio strategy and emerging technologies. John received his BA and MBA from Yale University.
Michael Chui is a Partner in the McKinsey Global Institute. He is based in San Francisco, CA, where he directs research on the impact of disruptive technologies, such as Big Data, social media, and the Internet of Things, on business and the economy. As a McKinsey consultant, Michael served clients in the high-tech, media, and telecom industries on multiple topics. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world.
Michael holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and a M.S. in Computer Science, from Indiana University.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael served as the first Chief Information Officer of the City... Read More.
As corporate vice president of program management for the Microsoft Data Platform Group, Quentin Clark oversees the design and delivery of the entire family of SQL Server products as well as the Azure Data Platform services. The Azure Data Platform is a complete end-to-end platform serving data management and processing capability, data integration and refinement, and business analytics as Microsoft Azure services and Microsoft Office and Office 365 offerings. Leading a team of technical engineers, his responsibilities include product direction and definition through program management, user experience and design, and customer engagement programs. This spans SQL Server’s work in all workloads – databases, integration and business intelligence, as well as the release forms of the product – software, appliances and the cloud services.... Read More.
Community Manager within Google Diversity Programs focusing on CS Education in NY
Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD... Read More.
Doug Cutting is the chief architect at Cloudera and the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera from Yahoo, where he was a key member of the team that built and deployed a production Hadoop storage-and-analysis cluster for mission-critical business analytics. Doug holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and sits on the board of the Apache Software Foundation.
Shawndra Hill is an Assistant Professor in Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Generally, she studies data mining, machine learning and statistical relational learning and their alignment with business problems. Specifically, she researches the value to companies of mining data on how consumers interact with each other — for targeted marketing, advertising and fraud detection. Here current research focusses on the interactions between TV content and Social Media. Her past and present industry partners include AT&T Labs Research, ClearForest, and Siemens Energy & Automation. Her recent work appears in IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, SIGKDD Explorations, and Statistical Science. Her research is funded in part by the Office... Read More.
Jim Kaskade is CEO of Infochimps, a Big Data subsidiary of CSC. The Infochimps Big Data Platform is an open-standards based analytics platform for private cloud deployments used by enterprise global 2000. It is recognized as the fastest way to deploy big data analytic environments.
Prior to Infochimps Jim was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at PARC, a Xerox company, where he established PARC’s Big Data program. His work helped PARC understand how to best integrate its in-memory data processing technologies and high-performance data graph analytics to the burgeoning online services ecosystem, with a focus on predictive analytics for the retail sector. Jim also helped build PARC’s Private Cloud platform.
Jim also served as the SVP, General Manager and Chief of Cloud at... Read More.
Josh has been working with data and analytics since 2000, including being the product manager for the first “Datamart in a Box” (Broadbase) and running product management for one of the largest Data and Analytics operations in the world (Yahoo!). Josh is now applying these learnings at Pivotal, where he is building the industry’s first unified Big Data and Analytics Platform.
Donna Knutt is a mom, host, and serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of LuxieLab.com, a Marketing & Web Design studio that specializes in creating professional websites for companies looking to plan, launch, or grow their business. She is also the Co-Tech Lead of the NY Chapter of Back Girls Code, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young girls by teaching them to be innovators and leaders in STEM fields. When Donna isn’t brainstorming with other passionate techies and entrepreneurs, she’s usually travelling, exercising, or spending time with family and friends. You can find Donna on twitter (@donnaknutt) where she shares motivational messages, tips, & advice on living a full life through entrepreneurship & service.
Roger Magoulas is the research director at O’Reilly Media and chair of the Strata + Hadoop World conferences. Roger and his team build the analysis infrastructure and provide analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team find 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.
Will is responsible for setting the company’s vision and and for architecting the company strategy. Previously, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he served as Co-Investigator for PhoneSat, Science Team member on the LCROSS and LADEE lunar missions. He led research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.
Dr. Douglas C. Merrill is the founder and CEO of ZestFinance, a financial services technology startup dedicated to serving the needs of the underbanked. He is also the author of Getting Organized in the Google Era, a book on personal and workplace organization published by Random House. Previously, Merrill was CIO and VP of Engineering of Google Inc. where he oversaw all aspects of internal engineering, including Google’s 2004 IPO. He most recently served as COO of New Music and President of Digital Business at EMI Music. Merrill holds an MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, and a BA from the University of Tulsa in Social and Political Organization.
Sharmila is CEO and founder of ClearStory Data. She has spent 18+ years building game-changing software companies in a variety of markets. Sharmila has been EVP & CMO at numerous software companies, including Netscape, Kiva Software, AOL, Opsware, and Aster Data. She drove the creation of several multi-billion dollar market categories, including application servers, data center automation and big data analytics. She is on the board of Hadapt and Lattice Engines, advisor to numerous companies, large and small, and an active investor in early stage companies.
Jack has over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience. He has demonstrated success from defining new markets for small companies to increasing sales of new products for large public companies. Jack’s broad experience includes launching and establishing analytic, virtualization, and storage companies and leading marketing and business development for an early-stage cloud storage software provider. Jack has also held senior executive roles with EMC, Rainfinity, Brio Technology, SQRIBE, and Bain and Company. Jack earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Previously, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine, and he spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
David is responsible for the solution packaging and pricing, definition and execution of the Big Data organization go-to-market strategy, education and enablement. David is a seasoned IT professional with over 28 years within the finance and banking industry, covering both business and technical areas.
David has also held several senior management positions in other industries including retail, telecommunications and academia, providing architectural solutions and consultative services for real-time analytics and data warehouse projects.
In early 2000, David joined Aleri as vice president of services to drive its Complex Event Processing (CEP) product into new markets in the UK, and subsequently moving to New York to help grow the company. David was responsible for customer adoption and success, the internal IT infrastructure and management of... Read More.
Prior to joining Dstillery (former Media6Degrees), Claudia spent five years working at the Data Analytics Research group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on research in data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains and applications. She has been published in over 30 scientific publications and holds multiple patents in the area of machine learning. Claudia has won many data mining competitions, including the prestigious 2007 KDD CUP on movie ratings, the 2008 KDD CUP on breast-cancer detection, and the 2009 KDD CUP on churn and propensity predictions for telecommunication customers. Claudia received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Stern School of Business, New York University in 2005 and holds a Master of Computer Science... Read More.
Foster Provost is coauthor of the O’Reilly best-selling book, Data Science for Business (http://data-science-for-biz.com). He has designed data science solutions for businesses for over two decades, and has co-founded several successful companies focusing on data science for advertising (incl., Dstillery & Integral Ad Science). In his current job as Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business, Foster teaches in the MS in Data Science, MS in Business Analytics, MBA, and PhD programs. His data science research has won many awards and is broadly cited. He served as Program Chair for the ACM SIGKDD Conference and for many years as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Machine Learning.
Dr. Tony Salvador, Senior Principal Engineer, currently directs research in the Experience Insights Lab within Intel Corporation. His team’s role is to identify new, strategic opportunities for technology based on an understanding of fluctuating, global socio-cultural values. Tony leads a team of social scientists and business analysts to look for, find and develop viable opportunities to create local, sustainable value with new high tech products, services and infrastructures. His ongoing research interests concern disruptive innovation practice, development and new market creation with an ethnographic perspective.
Previously, he directed research for the Emerging Markets Platforms Group and was instrumental in the research and design of the Intel powered classmate PC. Prior to that he was a research scientist and co-founder of Intel’s People & Practices Group.... Read More.
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’s 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.
Edd Wilder-James is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping transform businesses with data as VP of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata conferences and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference-management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual-property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four... Read More.
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