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Speakers

Soam AcharyaSoam Acharya(Click here for classes)
Soam is Head of Application Architecture at Altiscale, a company building the world's best hadoop clusters. Previously, he was Chief Scientist and Architect of the Video Platform group at Limelight Networks and Delve (acquired by Limelight) where he was responsible for video analytics, Hadoop, semantic video search, hybrid AWS cloud architectures as well as operations and infrastructure projects.

In the past, Soam worked on Web and enterprise search at Inktomi where he was a member of the GigaDoc project which built one of the world's earliest billion-document Web search index. Following Inktomi, he was at LookSmart where he was involved with web search relevance as well as originating LookSmart's contextual advertising. Finally, at Yahoo Search Marketing, Soam served as technical lead for key initiatives to significantly boost revenue from Yahoo's sponsored search platform.
Twitter : @Soamwork
Anthony BakAnthony Bak(Click here for classes)
Anthony is currently a data scientist and mathematician at Ayasdi, a data analytics startup in Palo Alto CA. Prior to Ayasdi, Anthony was at Stanford University where he worked with Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson on new methods and applications of Topological Data Analysis. He did his Ph.D. work in algebraic geometry with applications to string theory.

Anthony is an experienced lecturer and has taught pre-calculus through graduate level mathematics courses and both undergraduate teaching focused institutions and top ranked research universities. He has lectured on TDA in a variety of settings, from international conferences and academic colloquia to Bay Area meetups.
Alex BaranauAlex Baranau(Click here for classes)
Alex is a software engineer at Continuuity where he is responsible for building and designing software fueling the next generation of Big Data applications. For the last few years, Alex has been working on complex data-analytics systems utilizing Hadoop and HBase. Alex is a contributor to HBase and Flume, and has created several open-sourced projects. He also writes frequently about Hadoop, HBase, and other Big Data technologies.
Twitter : @abaranau
Jeff BeanJeff Bean(Click here for classes)
Jeff has been at Cloudera since 2010 and currently does partner engineering at Cloudera, where he handles field support, certifications, and joint engagements with partners. With the release of Cloudera 5, Jeff has been helping lots of partners migrate to YARN.

He has also helped several of Cloudera's most important customers and partners through their adoptions of Hadoop and HBase, including cluster sizing, deployment, operations, application design, and optimization. Jeff has also spent time on Cloudera's training team, where he focused on partner enablement, training hundreds of field personnel in Hadoop, its usage, and its position in the market.
Ryan BettsRyan Betts(Click here for classes)
Ryan is CTO at VoltDB, a Massachusetts-based company that delivers the world’s fastest high-velocity database. One of the initial developers of VoltDB’s commercial product, Ryan closely collaborates with customers, partners and prospects to understand their data-management needs and help them to realize the business value of VoltDB and related technologies. Prior to joining VoltDB in 2008, Ryan was a software engineer at IBM. During a four-and-a-half-year stint, he was responsible for implementing device configuration and monitoring as well as Web service management.

Before IBM, Ryan was a software engineer at Lucent Technologies for five years. In that role, he played an integral part in the implementation of an automation framework for acceptance testing of Frame Relay, ATM and IP services, as well as a high-availability upgrade capability and several internal components related to device provisioning. Ryan has appeared at numerous industry events, including Big Data TechCon 2013. He is an alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Bo BorlandBo Borland(Click here for classes)
Bo is the VP of Field Technical Sales at Penatho, a leading Big Data analytic software provider. Author of "Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB," Bo has applied his passion for building teams and helping companies improve performance with data analytics to Pentaho over the past year. Prior to joining Pentaho, Bo worked as a management consultant at Deloitte and as a solutions architect at Cognos, an IBM company. His has 14 years of experience in professional analytics, including roles in management, sales, consulting, and sales engineering.
Jeffrey BreenJeffrey Breen(Click here for classes)
Jeffrey is the Principal of the Think Big Academy at Think Big Analytics. Jeffrey has been very active in local user groups, has taught and mentored throughout his career, and has presented talks recently on R and Hadoop to the Data Warehouse Institute, the Chicago Area Hadoop and R User groups, and the Boston Predictive Analytics Meetup. Jeffrey has also developed and delivered the RHadoop training course, as well as all materials for Revolution Analytics.
Twitter : @JeffreyBreen
Boris BulanovBoris Bulanov(Click here for classes)
Boris is a Sr. Director of Products and Big Data SME (Subject Matter Expert) for Informatica Corporation. In his current role, Boris works with enterprises worldwide (Telecom, Finance, Government, and Manufacturing) assisting them with transition to next generation consolidated analytical platforms. He also leads strategy and product management for several emerging Informatica products.

Boris often provides strategy consulting to CIOs and CTOs, leads architectural brainstorming sessions with architects, and assists with hands-on implementations of POCs, pilots and production deployments.

With over 20 years of software development and enterprise architecture experience, Boris is a frequent speaker, writer and emerging technology evangelist.
Brian BulkowskiBrian Bulkowski(Click here for classes)
Brian, founder and CTO of Aerospike (formerly Citrusleaf), has more than 20 years of experience designing, developing and tuning networking systems and high-performance Web-scale infrastructures. He founded Aerospike after learning first hand, the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems at Aggregate Knowledge. As director of performance at this media intelligence SaaS company, Brian led the team in building and operating a clustered recommendation engine. Prior to Aggregate Knowledge, Brian was a founding member of the digital TV team at Navio Communications and chief architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate Technologies where he built the high-performance embedded networking stack and the Internet-scale broadcast server infrastructure. Before Liberate, Brian was a lead engineer at Novell, where he was responsible for the AppleTalk stack for Netware 3 and 4.
Twitter : @bbulkow
Kurt CagleKurt Cagle(Click here for classes)
Kurt is an author and consultant, specializing in semantic and metadata-management solutions. He has written 18 books on XML, Web development, semantic technologies, information architecture and user experience design, and speaks regularly at leading industry conferences, and is an Invited Expert with the W3C, establishing Web standards. Clients include Fortune 500 Companies (Disney/ABC Television, Federal Express, Warner Bros.), federal agencies and NGOs (the Library of Congress, US National Archives, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Department of Defense, OECD), and universities and research consortia. He lives in Issaquah, Wash. and writes novels in his spare time.
Twitter : @kurt_cagle
Paul CapobiancoPaul Capobianco(Click here for classes)
Paul has over 20 years of experience as a DBA for numerous database platforms, and as a product manager and software engineer for database masking tools from Informatica, Embarcadero Technologies, Applimation, and Application Security.

He brings his years of technical experience presenting, demonstrating and deploying database development, administration, monitoring, masking and protection software for Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. He is now leveraging that experience into Big Data Protective Intelligence solutions with Dataguise Inc.

Paul is based in the Dataguise Boston office and runs sales engineering for the east coast. Paul earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Northeastern University.
Rick CarlinRick Carlin(Click here for classes)
Rick is a senior performance engineer and Big Data SME (subject matter expert) for Intel Corporation. In his role with Intel’s Big Data team, he works with ISVs, OEMs and enterprises, providing training and assisting with Big Data implementations using the Intel Data Platform. With more than 20 years in the industry as a developer, system, network and database administrator, Rick has extensive experience to assist customers with all aspects of the Big Data infrastructure and software stack.
Todd Cioffi(Click here for classes)
Todd is the Director of RapidMiner University for RapidMiner, a Massachusetts-based firm that delivers one of the most widely known and used predictive analytics platforms. As a strong advocate for training and certification, he combines his experience in technology and education to impart real-world use cases to students and users of analytics solutions across multiple industries.

For more than 20 years, Todd has been highly respected as both a technologist and a trainer. As a tech, he has seen that world from many perspectives: "data guy" and developer to architect, analyst and consultant. As a trainer, he has designed and covered subject matter from operating systems to end-user applications with an emphasis on data and programming. He is a regular contributor to the community of analytics and technology user groups in the Boston area, writes and teaches on many topics, and looks forward to the next time he can strap on a dive mask and get wet.
Elliot CordoElliot Cordo(Click here for classes)
Elliott is the chief architect at Caserta Concepts, a New York-based consulting and technology services firm. He is a big data, data warehouse, and information management expert with a passion for helping transform data into powerful information.

Elliott has more than a decade of experience in implementing big data and data warehouse solutions with hands-on experience in every component of the data warehouse software development lifecycle. Elliott’s role with Caserta Concepts is to oversee large-scale major technology projects, including those involving business intelligence, data analytics, big data and data warehousing.

Elliott has many successful Big Data projects under his belt, ranging from Big Data warehousing, Machine Learning, and his personal favorite being recommendation engines.

Elliott’s passion is helping people understand the true potential in their data by working hand in hand with clients and partners to learn and develop cutting-edge platforms to truly enable their organizations.
Ben CoverstonBen Coverston(Click here for classes)
Ben currently helps coordinate the training and support activities at DataStax. He has more than 15 years of development experience and has written code running on some of the largest travel websites in the world. He became interested in Big Data through his experiences in troubleshooting data-related problems in which the velocity and volume of data exceeded the capabilities of a single machine.
Twitter : @bcoverston
Robert DaytonRobert Dayton(Click here for classes)
Robert, executive vice president of business analytics and optimization at MindStream Analytics, has 20 years of experience in analytics and business innovation. Over the years, he has guided the deployment of analytics for world-class organizations in financial services, retail, Telecom, consumer goods, energy, industrials and healthcare. He is comfortable in both technology and business strategy discussions, zeroing in on bringing business value to his customers. Notably, Robert started implementing OLAP solutions for major energy customers in early ’94, and was the one of the first dedicated Arbor Essbase implementation consultants in the world. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Twitter : @robertmdayton
Max De MarziMax De Marzi(Click here for classes)
Max is a Software Field Engineer at Neo Technology, where he built the Neography Ruby Gem, a REST API wrapper to the Neo4j Graph Database. He is addicted to learning new things, taking on a challenge and finding (and sharing) pragmatic solutions.
Twitter : @maxdemarzi
Kaushal DesaiKaushal Desai(Click here for classes)
Kaushal is a senior manager at Hitachi Data Systems where he provides strategic vision and leadership to deliver advanced database technology and architecture solutions to address today’s critical business issues. Kaushal’s expertise includes a deep understanding of databases, including SAP HANA, Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase. Key areas of focus include Big Data, Business Intelligence, real-time analytics and cloud-based solutions across all industries.
Twitter : @HDScorp
Daniel EklundDaniel Eklund(Click here for classes)
Daniel is Principal Consultant for Think Big Analytics, and a software architect and technologist with over 15 years of experience in enterprise software development. Daniel works with leading Fortune 500 customers to implement Big Data/NoSQL storage and compute systems using Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Cascading, Cassandra and HBase.
Twitter : @ReverendTopo
Sameer FarooquiSameer Farooqui(Click here for classes)
Sameer is a freelance Big Data consultant and trainer, specializing in Hadoop and Cassandra. For the past five years, he has deployed various clustering software packages internationally to clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments, hospitals and banks. Most recently, he was a Systems Architect at Hortonworks, where he specialized in designing Hadoop prototypes and Proof-of-Concept use cases. Previously, Sameer worked at Accenture's Silicon Valley R&D lab, where he was responsible for studying NoSQL databases, Cloud Computing and Map/Reduce for their commercial applicability to emerging Big Data problems. At Accenture Tech Labs, Sameer was the lead engineer for creating a 32-node prototype using Cassandra and Amazon Cloud Computing to host 10TB of Smart Grid data. He also worked on a more than 30-person team in the design phase of a multi-environment Hadoop cluster pilot project at NetApp. Before Hortonworks and Accenture, Sameer spent five years at Symantec, where he deployed VERITAS Clustering and Storage Foundation solutions (VCS, VVR, SF-HA) to Fortune 500 and government clients throughout North America.
Twitter : @blueplastic
Donn FelkerDonn Felker(Click here for classes)
Donn is a accomplished software engineer that has helped multiple companies successfully reach millions of users via mobile and Web. He is the founder of AndroidJobs.IO and the creator of Android Bootstrap. He is currently a partner in two startups: QONQR (MMO GPS based Game) and Agile Medicine (Health Technology). He currently advises for various startups in the southwest and west region of the USA. He has 14 years of professional experience in various markets, including entertainment, health, retail, insurance, financial and real estate.

Donn is a national speaker and author. He is the author of the best-selling "Android Application Development for Dummies," "Android Development Tools," "Android Tablet Application Development for Dummies" and has authored multiple articles on NodeJS and MongoDB. Donn currently runs the PHX Android MeetUp in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donn presents and consults on various topics ranging from software engineering, startup bootstrapping, agile practices and patterns, and of course, mobile. Read Donn's blog here at his site www.donnfelker.com
Twitter : @donnfelker
Will FordWill Ford(Click here for classes)
Will is the Lead Data Scientist at Alpine Data Labs. He started his career more than a decade ago in the Biomedical group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and went on to earn a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at Caltech before moving to the Bay Area to work as a Big Data Science Consultant. Will has worked in data science as an independent consultant, a consultant with a large firm, and currently as a consultant with a small startup. He has experience teaching audiences from the high school to graduate level. He has taught courses in math, programming, neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and data science. For the past few months, Will hosted “Wednesdays with Will,” a bi-weekly webinar teaching various topics related to Data Science.
Twitter : @WilliamCFord
Mark GroverMark Grover(Click here for classes)
Mark is a Software Engineer at Cloudera and a contributor to the Apache Hive open-source project. He is also a section author of O'Reilly's book on Apache Hive called “Programming Hive.” Mark is an active respondent on the Hive mailing list and IRC channel.
Twitter : @mark_grover
Rob JohnsonRob Johnson(Click here for classes)
Rob is an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University and conducts research on Big Data algorithms, security, and cryptography. He is director of the Security, Privacy, And Theory (SPLAT) lab at Stony Brook, the Cryptography Lab at the New York Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and the Smart Grid Cyber-Security Testing Lab of the New York Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC).

Rob does theoretical work with an impact on the real world, and broke the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) crypto-system used in almost all DVD players and TVs. He co-authored CQual, a static analysis tool that has found dozens of bugs in the Linux kernel. Since then, it has been used to audit the entire Debian Linux distribution for format-string bugs. He invented the Quotient filter, a high-performance alternative to the Bloom filter for Big Data applications.

His current work is on the impact of write optimized data structures on database and operating system designs. He completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2006.
Mark KromerMark Kromer(Click here for classes)
Mark is the Pentaho technical product manager for Big Data Analytics and has been in the Business Intelligence industry for 20 years. Prior to Pentaho, Mark was responsible for taking analytics products to market for Microsoft and Oracle and implemented NOC and CDR data warehouses for AT&T. You can follow him at www.kromerbigdata.com.
Twitter : @kromerbigdata
Anil KumarAnil Kumar(Click here for classes)
Anil, technical product manager at Couchbase, is responsible for all Couchbase Server product development, roadmap, positioning, messaging and collateral. Prior to joining Couchbase, Anil spent several years working at Microsoft in the Entertainment division, and most recently on Windows and Windows Live division. Anil holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology.
Bradley C. KuszmaulBradley C. Kuszmaul(Click here for classes)
Bradley is a founder and chief architect at Tokutek, and is a research scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL). His research focuses on developing computer systems and hardware that behave well both in practice and in theory. His entry won five out of six categories in Jim Gray’s 2007 "sorting benchmark contest," sorting a terabyte in 197 seconds. He also holds the world record for sorting a terabyte since they retired that category in 2009.

Bradley formerly architected Akamai’s distributed data collection system, was a Yale Professor of Computer Science and was a principal network architect for the Thinking Machines Connection Machine CM-5. He was one of the developers of the Cilk multithreaded programming system (and now Cilk appears both in gcc and in icc, the Intel compiler). He wrote, in Cilk, winning entries for four out of 12 of problems in the 2009 Intel Threading Challenge.

Bradley's most recent research investigates cache-oblivious data structures for maintaining indexes on SSD and disk. He received four degrees from MIT (two S.B. degrees, an S.M. degree, and a Ph.D.)
Carol McDonaldCarol McDonald(Click here for classes)
Carol is an HBase Hadoop instructor at MapR. She has extensive experience as a software developer and architect, building complex mission-critical applications in the banking, health insurance and telecom industries. Carol has over 15 years of experience working with Java and Java Enterprise technologies in many roles of the software development life cycle, including design, development, and technology evangelism. As a Java Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems, Carol traveled worldwide, speaking at Sun Tech Days, JUGs, companies, and conferences. Previously in her career, Carol was a software developer for Shaw Systems, Hoffman La Roche, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Carol holds a BS in Geology from Vanderbilt University, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Chris MerrickChris Merrick(Click here for classes)
Chris is the VP of Engineering at RJMetrics, where he builds software that helps online businesses make data-driven decisions. He was the company’s first engineer and has worn many hats as the Philly-based team has grown to a headcount of over 40 people. Hopefully, he has also learned a few things along the way.
Sriram MohanSriram Mohan(Click here for classes)
Sriram is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His research interests include relational, XML and document oriented database systems, and human computer interaction. He has led the development of native XML database systems, introduced security models for XML databases, and trained software engineers in designing and developing relational and NoSQL systems. He is also associated with the Database Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Indiana University. Sriram has a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Computer Science from Indiana University. He is currently on Sabbatical from Rose-Hulman and is working as a Senior Consultant for Big Data Practice at Avalon Consulting, LLC.
Twitter : @srirammohan
Prasad MujumdarPrasad Mujumdar(Click here for classes)
Prasad is a software engineer working at Cloudera as a platform engineer. He's associated with various projects of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. He's a committer and Project Management Committee member of Apache Flume, and also a committer on Apache Hive and Apache Sentry. Prior to Cloudera, Prasad was a senior software engineer at IBM, working on database product development.
Steve MurfittSteve Murfitt(Click here for classes)
Steve is the leader of the technical alliances program at HP Vertica. In this role, he works with leading Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Movement and Visualization software companies. Steve has worked in the Analytics space for over 20 years as a consultant, presales engineer, strategic project advisor as well as in roles from individual contributor to program manager. His experience in the Big Data area is based on helping companies exploit the data to drive better decisions and business outcomes.
Sridhar ReddySridhar Reddy(Click here for classes)
Sridhar is the Senior Manager for Worldwide Education & Enablement for MapR. He has over 20 years of experience working with Java and JaveEE in many roles of the software development life cycle, including design, development, management, training and technology evangelism. Prior to MapR, Sridhar managed the Java Platform development team at PayPal, where he led a team of Java developers to build the next generation of the Java platform. Prior to PayPal, Sridhar worked as a Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems for over 10 years, where he increased awareness and adoption of Java technology in the worldwide developer community. While at Sun, Sridhar also managed the JavaOne Hands-On Labs as well as Sun Tech Days, a worldwide developer conference.

Sridhar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in India, and an MS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Paige RobertsPaige Roberts(Click here for classes)
Paige is the Hadoop Analytics Evangelist at Actian Corporation. A seasoned software industry veteran, Paige has been in the data management field for 17 years, wearing a wide variety of hats, often several at once, including engineering, training, implementation and consulting. She has published a wide variety of articles on data quality, enterprise integration architecture, analytics, and the still largely-untapped power of unstructured data. She taught programming concepts in a previous life and has architected, built, documented and supported a wide variety of data management solutions for companies in several different industries.

As a speaker, Paige is known for her gift for making highly complex concepts clear and understandable. She is currently the resident data scientist-to-mortal translator for the Actian Hadoop and Analytics Center of Excellence.
Alexis RoosAlexis Roos(Click here for classes)
Alexis is a Senior Solutions Architect, focusing on Big Data solutions at Concurrent. He has over 18 years of experience in software and sales engineering, helping both Fortune 500 firms and start-ups build new products that leverage Big Data, application infrastructure, security, databases and mobile technologies. Prior, Alexis worked for Sun Microsystems and Oracle for over 13 years, and has also spent time at Couchbase and several large systems integrators over in Europe.

Alexis holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science with a Cognitive Science emphasis. He has spoken at dozens of conferences, and has designed and delivered Big Data courses for universities. Alexis also developed and currently teaches Concurrent’s Cascading Enterprise Developer Training course, providing education to enterprises that are looking to jumpstart their Big Data application development with Cascading.
Twitter : @alexisroos
Dan RosanovaDan Rosanova(Click here for classes)
Dan is a four-time Microsoft Integration MVP with 14 years of experience delivering solutions on Microsoft and Solaris platforms in the financial services, insurance, banking, telecommunications, and logistics industries. He has specialized in high-volume and low-latency distributed applications. His recent focus has been on Hadoop, evolutionary computation and GPU computing. Dan speaks frequently on leading-edge technology and its impact on the enterprise landscape. Dan is the author of “Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns.” Dan is a senior architect in the Technology Integration practice at West Monroe Partners, an international, full-service business and technology-consulting firm focused on guiding organizations through projects that fundamentally transform their businesses.
Twitter : @DanRosanova
Eddie SatterlyEddie Satterly(Click here for classes)
Eddie is Chief Big Data Evangelist at Splunk, and has served in a variety of roles, including developer, engineer, architect and CTO over his 23-year career. He has been a long-time Big Data user, even before it was the cool thing to do. More recently, he was able to revolutionize the way a leading online travel agency delivers their core Web applications that resulted in improved user experience. He created a highly scalable and flexible Big Data environment using best-in-breed tools, and as a result, was able to retire 35 other systems.

Eddie has done guest lectures at universities, and presents at several conferences and symposiums yearly. He is a recognized expert in the field of Big Data and has presented at many global conferences on the topic. Eddie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University.
Twitter : @eddie_satterly
Jonathan SeidmanJonathan Seidman(Click here for classes)
Jonathan is a Solutions Architect on the Partner Engineering team at Cloudera. Before joining Cloudera, he was a Lead Engineer on the Big Data team at Orbitz Worldwide, helping to build out the Hadoop clusters supporting the data storage and analysis needs of one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the Internet. Jonathan is also a cofounder and organizer of the Chicago Hadoop User Group and the Chicago Big Data Meetup, and a frequent speaker on Hadoop and Big Data at industry conferences such as Hadoop World, Strata and OSCON.
Twitter : @jseidman
Tony ShanTony Shan(Click here for classes)
Tony is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with decades of experience and guru-level knowledge on emerging technologies for pragmatic enterprise computing. He has directed and led the life-cycle design of complex distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 50 companies and big public-sector organizations. He drove innovations with insightful consulting and advising on large-scale high-profile projects that won many rewards. He authored dozens of top-notch publications and more than 10 books on next-generation technologies. He wrote multiple entries on architecture and methodology to IT encyclopedias.

He is also a regular keynote speaker and chair, moderator, advisor, and organizing committee member in preeminent conferences; an editor and editorial advisory board member of IT research journals and books; and a founder of several user groups and forums. In particular, he is a world-leading authority in the Big Data and cloud space, delivering scores of presentations, panels and workshops in various industry events, and serving general chair in international conferences. He has extensive speaking experience at conferences and industry events.
Twitter : @tonyshan
Shrikanth ShankarShrikanth Shankar(Click here for classes)
Shrikanth is the Head of Engineering at Qubole. Previously, Shrikanth worked at Oracle for over a decade, rising to become Director of Development in the BI team. Shrikanth was one of the leaders of the Oracle Exalytics effort and helped drive the product from conception to release. Prior to that, Shrikanth was on Oracle’s database team in the SQL/DSS group, where he made significant contributions to many different portions of the Oracle stack, ranging from partitioning, SQL optimization, and SQL/parallel execution all the way to indexing and data layers.

While leading the technical team at Qubole, Shrikanth has spoken at major international Big Data industry events, including Strata, NoSQLNow, StampedeCon, JAX Big Data Con, DataWeek, and various Hadoop User Group meetings, as well as contributed to the webinar series Big Data Secrets of the Pros.
Twitter : @ShrikanthSS
Sergii ShelpukSergii Shelpuk(Click here for classes)
Sergii is a Director of Data Science at SoftServe, a leading global outsourced product and application development company. He initiated and staffed the SoftServe Data Science Group and manages it today in order to develop state of the art data science models for different business domains.

Having graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and Yaroslav Mudryi National law academy of Ukraine, Sergii started his career in the jurisprudence and telecommunications industry, which helped him gain a strong background in technology and business domains. Today, he owns data science, big data, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence direction of SoftServe services, while at the same time continuing his education in London School of Economics and Political Science and in Stanford University.

Sergii holds certifications from Cisco Systems and Object Management Group.
Sid SipesSid Sipes(Click here for classes)
Sid joined SAP in 2010 via the Sybase Acquisition and has over 25 years of experience in the database technology field, and in particular the Enterprise Data Warehouse and Large Data disciplines. His current role involves working with and helping to maintain key SAP Big Data partners.
Twitter : @SidSipes
Scott SokoloffScott Sokoloff(Click here for classes)
Scott is a Data Scientist and Advanced Analytics and Data Insight Expert at TE Connectivity (TEL). He is a performance-focused leader with 12 years of experience spanning operations and project management as well as strategic planning. He has a focus on driving multimillion-dollar revenue and value internally, or for client organizations (TE Connectivity,Domino’s, Microsoft, and Skype, for example) by proactively resolving business problems, maintaining close eye on P&L, allocating materials and human resources, and supporting high-level decision making.

Virtually everyone accepts that hard numbers can be used to make better business decisions, but few have the skills and experience necessary to translate that data into useful insights. Throughout Scott's career, he has taught others how to leverage data insight techniques towards better business decisions. To date, he has created over a billion dollars in value for his clients and employers.

Scott's specialties range from Analytics, Modeling, Forecasting, Finance, Marketing, Web Analytics, and eCommerce to Competitive Strategy, Business Intelligence, Pricing, Site Selection Optimization, Media Mix Modeling, SAS, SPSS, R, SQL, CRM, Team Building, Mentoring Rising Talent, Syndicated Data and SEO best practices.

He is a past member of WebTrends customer advisory board and has guest lectured at GaTech and the University of Michigan.
Christophe ToumChristophe Toum(Click here for classes)
Christophe, data governance product manager at Talend, is responsible for the roadmap of Talend’s Data Quality and Master Data Management products. Christophe originally joined Talend as director of data quality and master data management, and has been extensively involved in Talend’s product strategy and focus toward Big Data. Christophe has over 15 years of experience in Data Management software. Prior to working with Talend, Christophe acquired an extensive technical knowledge working as a developer, consultant, architect and presales at various companies including Ardent/Ascential, Oracle and IBM.
Joe TravagliniJoe Travaglini(Click here for classes)
Joe is the Director of Product Marketing for Sqrrl. Prior to joining Sqrrl, Joe led successful production Big Data rollouts at Verizon Communications and Fidelity Investments with applications in fraud detection and marketing analytics.
Twitter : @joe_travaglini
Ravi VeeramachaneniRavi Veeramachaneni(Click here for classes)
Ravi is an enterprise architect and technology leader with more than 20 years of software design, development and architecture experience, specializing in e-business, Service Oriented Architecture, business-to-business integration, large-scale systems, Cloud computing and Big Data. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including banking, insurance, supply chain, b2b e-commerce, geospatial, and retail. He has played various technology leadership roles at Discover Financial, Key Corp., Navteq, NOKIA, Informatica, RSA, to name few. In his current role at Wipro Technologies, an IT Services and Solutions provider, he helps clients in architecting and implementing Big Data solutions. He has spoken at various industry events for the last couple of years, including the Chicago Data Summit, Hadoop World, CAMP IT conference, Enterprise Data World, Informatica World, Informatica User Groups and BigData TechCon.
Twitter : @raviveer
Sunil VenkayalaSunil Venkayala(Click here for classes)
Sunil is currently a Technical Product Manager at HP Vertica in Cambridge, Mass. Previously, he was a Product Manager and Architect of Sales Configurator platforms at Oracle. Prior to that, he led Java Data Mining (JDM) standards and implementation at Oracle, and also led many modules of Oracle's Data Mining platform.

Sunil is an expert group member of the Java Data Mining standard, co-author of "Java Data Mining," and publisher of several articles.
David 'Kavika' VollmarDavid 'Kavika' Vollmar(Click here for classes)
Kavika has been working on code, ingesting the Twitter firehose for more than five years. He works as technical team lead for GNIP, focusing on building reliable and scalable infrastructure for ingesting, processing, and analyzing firehoses from the largest social media networks with technologies like Java, Redis, Kafka, and Cassandra. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science for University of Colorado in Boulder.
Twitter : @dkvollmar
Dean WamplerDean Wampler(Click here for classes)
Dean is a consultant for Typesafe. He specializes in scalable, distributed, data-centric application development, “Big Data” or otherwise, applying Functional Programming principles with the Typesafe stack, Hadoop, and other tools. Dean is a contributor to several open-source projects and the founder of the Chicago-Area Scala Enthusiasts. He is the co-author of "Programming Scala," the author of "Functional Programming for Java" Developers, and the co-author of "Programming Hive."
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Ariel WeisbergAriel Weisberg(Click here for classes)
Ariel is a shared-nothing database expert and lead Architect for VoltDB. He has a passion for designing and building highly available, highly scalable software systems, where fractions of a second count. Ariel most recently led VoltDB's 4.0 product release, architecting ACID-based elastic scalability for VoltDB's flagship NewSQL database. He has led workshops at past events, including Linux Database Camp, PAX Dev, OpenSQL camp Boston, NYC MySQL Meetup, and Boston New Technology Group meetup.
Nathan WilsonNathan Wilson(Click here for classes)
Nathan is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Nara Logics, a company that is using neural networks and deep learning to create a new kind of personalized search engine based on an evolving knowledge graph of the Internet.

An engaging speaker with numerous teaching awards, Nathan holds a doctorate from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a Master's in Artificial Intelligence from Cornell. He has authored numerous patents and many academic research papers that have been published and discussed in Nature, Science, Neuron, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The MIT Press. He has 15 years of experience as team manager and chief architect at the interface of advanced research and applied software, with an emphasis on giving rise to new breakthroughs.

 


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