Matti Aksela is the vice president of Analytics at Comptel, a company that recently acquired Xtract, which provides Advanced Analytics solutions powered by Social Intelligence. In this interview Matti talks about the processes involved at Comptel that drive insights from mobile network data and how this affects consumer experience.
Sramana Mitra: Matti, let’s start by introducing Comptel. Tell us what Comptel does, the scale of the company, and what your business is. >>>
Ron Bodkin is the chief executive officer of Think Big Analytics, a services firm that helps organizations implement big data applications and create value for big data. Ron holds a BS in math and computer science from McGill University and a masters in computer science from MIT. He founded several successful companies, one of which he led to a staff of 900 service consultants. In this interview, Ron talks about Think Big Analytics’ solution for its customers, who the company partners up with and what technologies it uses in order to create its offering. Furthermore, he provides entrepreneurs with insights into gaps in the industry.
Sramana Mitra: Ron, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what Think Big Analytics is all about? What do you do? What problems do you solve? Who are your customers?
Ron Bodkin: Think Big Analytics is a services firm that helps organizations create measurable value for big data. We work with our customers, and we provide services to help them implement big data applications with our engineering and data sciences services. >>>
Josh Rogers is the senior vice president of Data Integration Business at Syncsort. Josh holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Davidson College. He had previously worked for Bank of America, Endeca, and IBM and has more than six years of experience in data management. In this interview he talks about Syncsort’s solutions to provide improved sort capabilities for big data analytics and gives insights into open problems in this space.
Sramana Mitra: Josh, let’s start with setting some context about Syncsort. What do you do as a company? Who are the customers? What is the primary value proposition? >>>
Robert Youngjohns is the senior vice president and general manager of HP Autonomy. Simply put, Autonomy helps organizations understand the meaning of information by applying big data technologies. Robert previously worked at Microsoft and has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry. In this interview, Robert talks about Autonomy’s role within HP and provides an interesting proposal for entrepreneurs in this space.
Sramana Mitra: Robert, let’s start with setting some context about HP Autonomy. Of course, the readership knows very well about HP and the acquisition of Autonomy. Where are things right now? >>>
Bob Tennant is the chief executive officer at Recommind, a lead provider of e-discovery, enterprise search and automatic categorization software. Bob has degrees from the University of Victoria, the University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia University. He has many years of experience in the IT business, having worked for Swiftsure Capital and Sun Microsystems, and he is board member at several successful companies. In this interview Bob gives us an insight into how Recommind solves its customers’ problems in terms of data management, e-discovery, and data querying. He also shares his thoughts on gaps in the market and how to fill them.
Sramana Mitra: Bob, let’s start with setting some context about what Recommind does. What is your business, what kind of customers do you cater to and what kind of problems do you solve? >>>
Lars Olrik is the group chief executive officer of Verdande, and Joanne Kinsella is the company’s chief executive officer of financial services. The company specializes in early problem detection and prevention, driving its insights from data applying big data technologies. In this interview, Joanne and Lars talk about the oil & gas, healthcare, and financial services sectors and how Verdande helps companies in these industries prevent all kinds of problems from happening by comparing current and historical data. Furthermore, they see the potential to work with entrepreneurs who are building on top of their platform.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by setting the context of your company. Tell us about the company, what customers you cater to, and what problems you solve.
Lars Olrik: As group CEO, I will deal with the company’s profile and what we do. And on the use cases, Jo will take care of the financial services side of the business. >>>
Patrick Taylor is the chief executive officer of Oversight Systems, a Continuous Transaction Analysis platform for big data that helps businesses make smarter decisions. In this interview Patrick talks about how Oversight Systems’ platform is used to detect fraud and internal security flaws. Furthermore, he describes the platform’s capability of resolving problems and finding new opportunities for businesses.
Sramana Mitra: Patrick, let’s start with some background about Oversight Systems. What do you do? What kind of target customers are you working with?
Patrick Taylor: There was a group of us in another company called Internet Security Systems. At Internet Security Systems, we had pioneered a concept called intrusion detection software. That is software that looks at network traffic to identify hackers – this is sort of an intruder alarm for hackers. >>>
Tim Minahan is senior vice president of network strategy and global marketing for Ariba, host of the largest business network on the planet. Tim has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise technology research and marketing. In this interview, Tim gives us insights into how Ariba helps businesses of all sizes connect with each other and explains in detail how the Ariba network operates on a global scale.
Sramana Mitra: Tim, let’s start with setting some context. Our audience knows Ariba. We also know that you have been acquired by SAP in the recent years. We covered Ariba in the past in quite a bit of detail. Could you set some context about what you are doing? >>>
Sandy Steier is the chief executive officer of 1010Data, the leading provider of cloud-based big data analytics. Sandy counts more than 25 years of experience in the industry and is known as one of the innovators behind the adoption of advanced analytics in the financial sector. In this interview Sandy gives us insights into 1010data’s problem solving capabilities, especially in the financial and retail sector, and he discuses his opinion of the current state of big data analytics.
Sramana Mitra: Sandy, let’s start with some context about 1010data. What do you guys do, who are your target customers and what scale are you operating at? >>>
Jim Swift is the chief executive officer of Cortera, a company that provides B2B solutions such as purchase behavior data and business monitoring solutions. Jim studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has many years of experience in database marketing. In this interview, Jim talks in detail about how Cortera provides companies with useful information to minimize risk and gives step-by-step insight for entrepreneurs on how to proceed when entering this space.
Sramana Mitra: Jim, tell us about Cortera. What do you do? What kind of customers do you have? What kind of technology do you use, and what kind of problems do you solve? >>>
Seth Redmore is the vice president of product management at Lexalytics, a company that provides an engine to convert unstructured text into structured data. In this interview Seth talks about how Lexalytics provides big data solutions for its customers, the direction of development Lexalytics is taking, and how the company is willing to work with startups to achieve its goals.
Sramana Mitra: Seth, let’s start with some context. Tell us about Lexalytics, what you do, who your customers are, and what value you provide so the audience knows whom we are talking to. >>>
Sasha Gilenson is the CEO and co-founder of Evolven, a leading company in IT Operations Analytics. Prior to Evolven, Sasha spent 13 years at Mercury Interactive, participating in the establishing of Mercury’s SaaS and BTO strategy. He studied at the London Business School and has more than 15 years of experience in IT operations. In this interview, Sasha talks about how Evolven solves issues in companies’ IT operations and gives insights into the history and future of big data.
Sramana Mitra: Sasha, let’s start with some context about Evolven. Tell us what you do, how long you have been in business, and what size your company is.
Jeremy Howard is president and chief scientist at Kaggle, and sits on the faculty at Singularity University. Previously, he founded FastMail (sold to Opera Software) and Optimal Decisions (sold to ChoicePoint, now called LexisNexis Risk Solutions). Prior to that he worked in management consulting, at McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney.
Jeremy’s passion is applying algorithms to data. Kaggle is the world’s largest community of data scientists – more than 75,000 at last count. Kaggle’s data scientists have solved some of the toughest problems for some of the world’s smartest organizations, including NASA, Merck, Ford, Allstate, and Wikipedia. At Singularity University, Jeremy teaches data science to the elite group of students who are awarded places to the graduate program.
At FastMail he used algorithms to automate nearly every part of the business – as a result the company only needed a total of three full-time staff, and got over a million signups. Optimal Decisions was a business built to commercialize a new algorithm he designed for the optimal pricing of insurance.
Oliver Downs is the SVP of data sciences at Globys, a big data analytics company based in Seattle, Washington, that processes billions of customer data transactions per day. In this interview Oliver talks about how Globys helps mobile operators leverage customer data and improve marketing campaigns.
Sramana Mitra: Oliver, let’s start with setting some context about Globys.
Oliver Downs: Globys is a big data analytics company that specializes in contextual marketing for mobile operators. We have two product offerings – first in contextual marketing and second in billing and reporting analytics for carriers. >>>
Andy Nibley is the CEO of Yieldex, an Internet advertising software firm. In this interview Andy talks about how Yieldex helps its customers achieve a higher return on their advertising expenditures and how the company applies big data analytics to achieve those goals. Furthermore, he gives insights as to how the market is developing and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in this space.
Sramana Mitra: Andy, let’s start with some context about Yieldex. What do you do? Who is the customer and what is the big data angle? >>>