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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 13th 2013

Chris Carter is the chief executive officer of Approyo, a company specializing in big data analytics. He is also member of the SAP Startup Focus Program, and a premium member of the 1M/1M program. In this interview Chris talks about Approyo’s view on big data and presents several use cases from various industry verticals, specifying how the company generates big data insights that help drive better business outcomes and ROI. Approyo focuses on SAP’s Hana platform, and is a good example of the platform eco-system trend that we’re seeing everywhere in the technology industry right now. This interview also touches upon Approyo’s evolution from a horizontal Hana solution provider to a more advanced developer of vertical solutions with real domain insight in industry segments such as energy management at hospital facilities.

Sramana Mitra: Chris, let’s talk about your company and about your background. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with JR Reagan, Federal Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte Services (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Aug 11th 2013

JR Reagan is the chief innovation officer for the federal practice at Deloitte Services. He teaches innovation and creativity at John Hopkins University and holds a masters in management information systems from Bowie State University and a BA in sociology from the State University of New York. In this interview he talks about Deloitte’s creative environment and how the company creates big data visualization. Furthermore, he talks about his vision of the future of the visualization space and open problems that need to be addressed.

Sramana Mitra: JR, let’s start by telling our readers about yourself and the program you run at Deloitte.

JR Reagan: I am a partner in our federal practice at Deloitte. I am our chief innovation officer for the federal practice, but I also run a unique center called HIVE (highly immersive visual environment). >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with David Gibson, VP of Marketing at Varonis (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Aug 4th 2013

David Gibson is the vice president of marketing at Varonis, a company for data protection. David studied physics at Duke University and a BM in classical composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has more than 17 years of experience in IT as a systems and sales engineer, having worked for Time Inc. and Tripwire. In this interview he talks in detail about metadata and human-generated data and Varonis’ role in protecting that data as far as user access, tracking of data use and auditing is concerned.

Sramana Mitra: David, let’s start by introducing Varonis. What do you do? What is the company all about? Also give us some background about yourself so the audience knows whose perspective they are being brought into. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Rajat Paharia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Gamification Leader Bunchball (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 29th 2013

Rajat Paharia is co-founder and chief product officer of gamification leader Bunchball. Rajat holds a masters in computer science from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Bunchball he worked at IDEO, Philips Consumer Electronics, IBM Research, and ViewStar. In this interview he talks in detail about Bunchball’s gamification platform and how it helps businesses motivate employees and customers to drive better results.

Sramana Mitra: Rajat, let’s start with some introduction for our audience. Talk about your background and what you have been up to, and also introduce Bunchball to our audience. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Prem Uppaluru, Co-Founder, CEO and President of Transera (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jul 27th 2013

Prem Uppaluru is co-founder, CEO, and president of Transera. The company collects data from numerous contact centers, turns unstructured data into structured data, and drives insights that improve customer satisfaction and engagement and helps predict trends. Prem has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and networking industry. Prior to Transera, he held executive roles in Telera, VOIS Corporation, and Novell. In this interview he paints a detailed pictured of how Transera drives insights from the data the company collects and how those insights are being put to use in contact centers.

Sramana Mitra: Prem, let’s set some context about Transera and about you.

Prem Uppaluru: I am an engineer by training. I attended IIT in Bombay, and I have a PhD from the University of Texas. I worked in the research and development area for about seven to eight years at Bell Labs, branched off to more entrepreneurial careers, and have been a serial entrepreneur since then. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Todd Goldman, VP and GM for Enterprise Data Integration at Informatica (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 23rd 2013

Todd Goldman is the vice president and general manager for enterprise data integration at Informatica, a company that provides data integration software and services based on big data analytics. Todd holds a BSEE in engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Business from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, having worked for IBM, ScaleMP, and nlyte Software prior to Informatica. In this interview he talks about Informatica’s unique value proposition in the big data space and emphasizes important aspects for entrepreneurs to be aware of when building a startup in this space.

Sramana Mitra: Todd, let’s start with setting some context for our audience, involving your personal background as well as Informatica’s expertise and work in the realm of big data. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Constantin Delivanis, CEO of BDNA (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 5th 2013

Constantin Delivanis is the chief executive officer of BDNA, a leading company in DaaS (data as a service). Constantin holds an MS from Stanford University and a BS from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been CEO of several successful companies prior to BDNA. In this interview he talks about BDNA’s big data services and gives us interesting insights into opportunities in this space and his vision of the future.

Sramana Mitra: Constantin, let’s start with some context about your personal background as well as that of BDNA. Tell us what you do, what the business is, and what technology trends you are aligning with. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Sid Banerjee, CEO of Clarabridge (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 3rd 2013

Sid Banerjee is the chief executive officer of Clarabridge, a company that offers customer experience management solutions to large enterprises through the use of big data analytics. Sid has a BS and an MS in electrical engineering from MIT and more than 20 years of experience in business intelligence leadership. Several companies have grown or are growing successfully under his leadership. In this interview Sid talks about Clarabridge and how the company helps large enterprises solve problems. Further, he gives interesting insights into opportunities for entrepreneurs in this space.

Sramana Mitra: Sid, let’s start with some background about you as well as Clarabridge.

Sid Banerjee: My name is Sid Banerjee. I am the founder and CEO of Clarabridge. I have been leading the company for about seven and a half years. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Brian Bulkowski and Srini Srinivasan, Co-founders of Aerospike (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 18th 2013

Brian Bulkowski and Srini Srinivasan are co-founders of Aerospike, a real-time NoSQL database. Brian and Srini have more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked for companies like IBM, VerdiSoft, Copernicus, and iControl Networks. In this interview they talk about Aerospike’s real-time software solution and how it is unique, and discuss possibilities for entrepreneurs to fill gaps in this space building on top of their platform.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with some background on you as well as the company. Tell us what you do, what problem you solve, and who the customers are. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with K.R. Sanjiv, SVP Analytics and Information Management Services, Wipro (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 5th 2013

K. R. Sanjiv is the senior vice president of analytics and information management services at Wipro, a global IT, consulting and outsourcing company that provides services to companies by leveraging their data. In this interview Sanjiv defines the term big data and shares his opinion on what the future of big data will look like.

Sramana Mitra: Sanjiv, tell us a bit about your role at Wipro and what the company is doing in the field of big data. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Matti Aksela, VP of Analytics at Comptel (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, May 9th 2013

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. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Ron Bodkin, CEO of Think Big Analytics (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd 2013

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. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Josh Rogers, SVP of Data Integration Business at Syncsort (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st 2013

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? >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Robert Youngjohns, SVP and GM at HP Autonomy (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Apr 26th 2013

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? >>>

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Thought Leaders in Big Data: Interview with Bob Tennant, CEO of Recommind (Part 1)

Posted on Sunday, Apr 21st 2013

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? >>>

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