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Crowdsourcing Becomes Part of Data Handling for Alation | @BigDataExpo #BigData #MachineLearning
Alation centralizes data knowledge by employing machine learning and crowdsourcing

The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer big-data case study discussion focuses on the Tower of Babel problem for disparate data, and explores how Alation manages multiple data types by employing machine learning and crowdsourcing.

We'll explore how Alation makes data more actionable via such innovative means as combining human experts and technology systems.

To learn more about how enterprises and small companies alike can access more data for better analytics, please join Stephanie McReynolds, Vice-President of Marketing at Alation in Redwood City, California. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: I've heard of crowdsourcing for many things, and machine learning is more-and-more prominent with big-data activities, but I haven't necessarily seen them together. How did that come about? How do you, and why do you need to, employ both machine learning and experts in crowdsourcing?

McReynolds: Traditionally, we've looked at data as a technology problem. At least over the last 5-10 years, we’ve been pretty focused on new systems like Hadoop for storing and processing larger volumes of data at a lower cost than databases could traditionally support. But what we’ve overlooked in the focus on technology is the real challenge of how to help organizations use the data that they have to make decisions. If you look at what happens when organizations go to apply data, there's often a gap between the data we have available and what decision-makers are actually using to make their decisions.

McReynolds

There was a study that came out within the last couple of years that showed that about 56 percent of managers have data available to them, but they're not using it . So, there's a human gap there. Data is available, but managers aren't successfully applying data to business decisions, and that’s where real return on investment (ROI) always comes from. Storing the data, that’s just an insurance policy for future use.

The concept of crowdsourcing data, or tapping into experts around the data, gives us an opportunity to bring humans into the equation of establishing trust in data. Machine-learning techniques can be used to find patterns and clean the data. But to really trust data as a foundation for decision making human experts are needed to add business context and show how data can be used and applied to solving real business problems.

Gardner: Usually, when you're employing people like that, it can be expensive and doesn't scale very well. How do you manage the fit-for-purpose approach to crowdsourcing where you're doing a service for them in terms of getting the information that they need and you want to evaluate that sort of thing? How do you balance that?

Using human experts

McReynolds: The term "crowdsourcing" can be interpreted in many ways. The approach that we’ve taken at Alation is that machine learning actually provides a foundation for tapping into human experts.

We go out and look at all of the log data in an organization. In particular, what queries are being used to access data and databases or Hadoop file structures. That creates a foundation of knowledge so that the machine can learn to identify what data would be useful to catalog or to enrich with human experts in the organization. That's essentially a way to prioritize how to tap into the number of humans that you have available to help create context around that data.

That’s a great way to partner with machines, to use humans for what they're good for, which is establishing a lot of context and business perspective, and use machines for what they're good for, which is cataloging the raw bits and bytes and showing folks where to add value.

Gardner: What are some of the business trends that are driving your customers to seek you out to accomplish this? What's happening in their environments that requires this unique approach of the best of machine and crowdsourcing and experts?

McReynolds: There are two broader industry trends that have converged and created a space for a company like Alation. The first is just the immense volume and variety of data that we have in our organizations. If it weren’t the case that we're adding additional data storage systems into our enterprises, there wouldn't be a good groundwork laid for Alation, but I think more interestingly perhaps is a second trend and that is around self-service business intelligence (BI).

So as we're increasing the number of systems that we're using to store and access data, we're also putting more weight on typical business users to find value in that data and trying to make that as self-service a process as possible. That’s created this perfect storm for a system like Alation which helps catalog all the data in the organization and make it more accessible for humans to interpret in accurate ways.

So as we're increasing the number of systems that we're using to store and access data, we're also putting more weight on typical business users to find value in that data and trying to make that as self-service a process as possible.

Gardner: And we often hear in the big data space the need to scale up to massive amounts, but it appears that Alation is able to scale down. You can apply these benefits to quite small companies. How does that work when you're able to help a very small organization with some typical use cases in that size organization?

McReynolds: Even smaller organizations, or younger organizations, are beginning to drive their business based on data. Take an organization like Square, which is a great brand name in the financial services industry, but it’s not a huge organization in and of itself, or Inflection or Invoice2go, which are also Alation customers.

We have many customers that have data analyst teams that maybe start with five people or 20 people. We also have customers like eBay that have closer to a thousand analysts on staff. What Alation provides to both of those very different sizes of organizations is a centralized place, where all of the information around their data is stored and made accessible.

Even if you're only collaborating with three to five analysts, you need that ability to share your queries, to communicate on which queries addressed which business problems, which tables from your HPE Vertica database were appropriate for that, and maybe what Hive tables on your Hadoop implementation you could easily join to those Vertica tables. That type of conversation is just as relevant in a 5-person analytics team as it is in a 1000-person analytics team.

Gardner: Stephanie, if I understand it correctly, you have a fairly horizontal capability that could apply to almost any company and almost any industry. Is that fair, or is there more specialization or customization that you apply to make it more valuable, given the type of company or type of industry?

Generalized technology

McReynolds: The technology itself is a generalized technology. Our founders come from backgrounds at Google and Apple, companies that have developed very generalized computing platforms to address big problems. So the way the technology is structured is general.

The organizations that are going to get the most value out of an Alation implementation are those that are data-driven organizations that have made a strategic investment to use analytics to make business decisions and incorporate that in the strategic vision for the company.

So even if we're working with very small organizations, they are organizations that make data and the analysis of data a priority. Today, it’s not every organization out there. Not every mom-and-pop shop is going to have an Alation instance in their IT organization.

Gardner: Fair enough. Given those organizations that are data-driven, have a real benefit to gain by doing this well, they also, as I understand it, want to get as much data involved as possible, regardless of its repository, its type, the silo, the platform, and so forth. What is it that you've had to do to be able to satisfy that need for disparity and variety across these data types? What was the challenge for being able to get to all the types of data that you can then apply your value to?

McReynolds: At Alation, we see the variety of data as a huge asset, rather than a challenge. If you're going to segment the customers in your organization, every event and every interaction with those customers becomes relevant to understanding who that individual is and how you might be able to personalize offerings, marketing campaigns, or product development to those individuals.

That does put some burden on our organization, as a technology organization, to be able to connect to lots of different types of databases, file structures, and places where data sits in an organization.

So we focus on being able to crawl those source systems, whether they're places where data is stored or whether they're BI applications that use that data to execute queries. A third important data source for us that may be a bit hidden in some organizations is all the human information that’s created, the metadata that’s often stored in Wiki pages, business glossaries, or other documents that describe the data that’s being stored in various locations.

We actually crawl all of those sources and provide an easy way for individuals to use that information on data within their daily interactions. Typically, our customers are analysts who are writing SQL queries. All of that context about how to use the data is surfaced to them automatically by Alation within their query-writing interface so that they can save anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent of the time it takes them to write a new query during their day-to-day jobs.

Gardner: How is your solution architected? Do you take advantage of cloud when appropriate? Are you mostly on-premises, using your own data centers, some combination, and where might that head to in the future?

Agnostic system

McReynolds: We're a young company. We were founded about three years ago and we designed the system to be agnostic as to where you want to run Alation. We have customers who are running Alation in concert with Redshift in the public cloud. We have customers that are financial services organizations that have a lot of personally identifiable information (PII) data and privacy and security concerns, and they are typically running an on-premise Alation instance.

We architected the system to be able to operate in different environments and have an ability to catalog data that is both in the cloud and on-premise at the same time.

The way that we do that from an architectural perspective is that we don’t replicate or store data within Alation systems. We use metadata to point to the location of that data. For any analyst who's going to run a query from our recommendations, that query is getting pushed down to the source systems to run on-premise or on the cloud, wherever that data is stored.

Gardner: And how did HPE Vertica come to play in that architecture? Did it play a role in the ability to be agnostic as you describe it?

It gives the IT department insight. Day-to-day, Alation is typically more of a business person’s tool for interacting with data.

McReynolds: We use HP Vertica in one portion of our product that allows us to provide essentially BI on the BI that’s happening. Vertica is used as a fundamental component of our reporting capability called Alation Forensics that is used by IT teams to find out how queries are actually being run on data source systems, which backend database tables are being hit most often, and what that says about the organization and those physical systems.

It gives the IT department insight. Day-to-day, Alation is typically more of a business person’s tool for interacting with data.

Gardner: We've heard from HPE that they expect a lot more of that IT department specific ops efficiency role and use case to grow. Do you have any sense of what some of the benefits have been from your IT organization to get that sort of analysis? What's the ROI?

McReynolds: The benefits of an approach like Alation include getting insight into the behaviors of individuals in the organization. What we’ve seen at some of our larger customers is that they may have dedicated themselves to a data-governance program where they want to document every database and every table in their system, hundreds of millions of data elements.

Using the Alation system, they were able to identify within days the rank-order priority list of what they actually need to document, versus what they thought they had to document. The cost savings comes from taking a very data-driven realistic look at which projects are going to produce value to a majority of the business audience, and which projects maybe we could hold off on or spend our resources more wisely.

One team that we were working with found that about 80 percent of their tables hadn't been used by more than one person in the last two years. In that case, if only one or two people are using those systems, you don't really need to document those systems. That individual or those two individuals probably know what's there. Spend your time documenting the 10 percent of the system that everybody's using and that everyone is going to receive value from.

Where to go next

Gardner: Before we close out, any sense of where Alation could go next? Is there another use case or application for this combination of crowdsourcing and machine learning, tapping into all the disparate data that you can and information including the human and tribal knowledge? Where might you go next in terms of where this is applicable and useful?

McReynolds: If you look at what Alation is doing, it's very similar to what Google did for the Internet in terms of being available to catalog all of the webpages that were available to individuals and service them in meaningful ways. That's a huge vision for Alation, and we're just in the early part of that journey to be honest. We'll continue to move in that direction of being able to catalog data for an enterprise and make easily searchable, findable, and usable all of the information that is stored in that organization.

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About Dana Gardner
At Interarbor Solutions, we create the analysis and in-depth podcasts on enterprise software and cloud trends that help fuel the social media revolution. As a veteran IT analyst, Dana Gardner moderates discussions and interviews get to the meat of the hottest technology topics. We define and forecast the business productivity effects of enterprise infrastructure, SOA and cloud advances. Our social media vehicles become conversational platforms, powerfully distributed via the BriefingsDirect Network of online media partners like ZDNet and IT-Director.com. As founder and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, Dana Gardner created BriefingsDirect to give online readers and listeners in-depth and direct access to the brightest thought leaders on IT. Our twice-monthly BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition podcasts examine the latest IT news with a panel of analysts and guests. Our sponsored discussions provide a unique, deep-dive focus on specific industry problems and the latest solutions. This podcast equivalent of an analyst briefing session -- made available as a podcast/transcript/blog to any interested viewer and search engine seeker -- breaks the mold on closed knowledge. These informational podcasts jump-start conversational evangelism, drive traffic to lead generation campaigns, and produce strong SEO returns. Interarbor Solutions provides fresh and creative thinking on IT, SOA, cloud and social media strategies based on the power of thoughtful content, made freely and easily available to proactive seekers of insights and information. As a result, marketers and branding professionals can communicate inexpensively with self-qualifiying readers/listeners in discreet market segments. BriefingsDirect podcasts hosted by Dana Gardner: Full turnkey planning, moderatiing, producing, hosting, and distribution via blogs and IT media partners of essential IT knowledge and understanding.

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Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud host...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become a defining competitive edge. Companies that fail to successfully adapt risk failure. The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including how easy it is to get there. Migrating...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"Since we launched LinuxONE we learned a lot from our customers. More than anything what they responded to were some very unique security capabilities that we have," explained Mark Figley, Director of LinuxONE Offerings at IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Parasoft

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Daitan

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ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
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NAKA-
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Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

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Intel

SMITH
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CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

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7Summits

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Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

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Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

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HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

Big Data Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
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Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
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COOPER
M2Mi

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Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

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Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
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JONES
Deep

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NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

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Kurento

KIM
MapR

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Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
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THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

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Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
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WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
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As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacenter.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nano crime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infrastructure/applications, self-remediation workflows, integrating monitoring and complimenting integra...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management c...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for the time needed to run automated tests. In this framework, success depends on two things: automated i...
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect, explored how storage and software-defined solutions from IBM have evolved for the road ahead. Lea...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration and discussed ways to control cloud costs.
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the ability to deliver applications at warp speed using infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a ...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orc...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the basics of Blockchain, previewed the Blockchain Reference Architecture, and introduced the mechanics o...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application performance guarantees & data privacy.
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
Making informed network investment decisions about emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help evolve the network to keep pace with the innovations of the devices and people it’s connecting. As you work with business leaders to make decisions about upgrading your infrastructure with these networking developments, it’s important to understand the similarities, differences, and benefits of dual NFV and SDN implementation. With their ability to offer a new way to design, deploy, and manage the network and its services, NFV a...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.