Data Impact Awards

Presented by Cloudera

The Data Impact Awards are designed to shine a light on the success of CDH users everywhere.

The goal of this program is to recognize users for their applications built using Hadoop, and for the impact the project is having on the organization, business, and/or society at large.


2013 Data Impact Award Winners

AMD

Business Impact

AMD’s decision to move from a traditional relational database to a system that incorporates CDH4 on servers powered by AMD Opteron processors resulted in orders of magnitude performance improvement, storing more data, with less support, and delivering significant cost savings for the company. Query times were reduced by 300% from the previous system.

Explorys

Social Impact

Explorys claims the world’s largest clinical data set for reporting, business intelligence, population management, disease prevention and evidence-based treatments. The insight provided by Explorys’ platform after just one year allowed one healthcare provider, the largest health system in Ohio, to significantly improve quality measures relating to cancer screenings, pneumonia vaccinations, tobacco cessation, and diabetes control.

Gravity

Community Contributions

With several Scala engineers in house, the Gravity team decided a couple years ago to use the Scala programming language, not Java, with Hadoop and HBase. Scala doesn’t natively integrate, so the team wrote their own library -- called HPaste -- and contributed it back to the open source community to allow other engineers to take advantage of Scala’s unique features on top of HBase.

The Allstate Corporation

Pervasive User Adoption

To spur adoption of their universal data archive which resides on CDH, Allstate sent 110 employees to Cloudera University training, which helped to identify power users who’d be able to guide the rest of the organization to use the new system. Hadoop was implemented as a complementary platform to legacy systems, and users were given the necessary tools to help them access data in Hadoop, such as Hive and Pig.

Mastercard

Integration with Existing IT

The company integrated their Hadoop environment with 10 different systems spanning the larger IT ecosystem to augment its enterprise data warehouse and to support all data management for Truaxis, a recent MasterCard acquisition providing loyalty rewards and personalized statement solutions.

The 2013 Data Impact Awards highlight achievements in the following areas:

  • Business Impact

    Driving tangible results to an organization, company or industry by empowering new capabilities that generate top-line growth and/or increased competitive advantage, or improving operational efficiencies that result in quantifiable bottom-line savings.

  • Social Impact

    Putting Hadoop to work in a way that has a positive impact on the planet, society, or humankind at large.

  • Community Contributions

    Driving significant, steady innovations within the Apache Hadoop community through active participation and contributions to ecosystem projects, online forums, and/or user groups.

  • Pervasive User Adoption

    Supporting the proliferation of Hadoop across user groups -- which may include internal and/or external users -- through concerted efforts, such as extensive training or certification.

  • Integration with Existing IT

    Successfully integrating Hadoop with existing relational data warehouse, data marts, and analytic systems for a truly symbiotic and interconnected big data ecosystem.


Thanks to Our 2013 Judges:

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Merv Adrian

Research VP, Gartner

AMD’s decision to move from a traditional relational database to a system that incorporates CDH4 on servers powered by AMD Opteron processors resulted in orders of magnitude performance improvement, storing more data, with less support, and delivering significant cost savings for the company. Query times were reduced by 300% from the previous system.

Mr. Adrian most recently headed IT Market Strategy. Earlier, he ran technology research for Forrester, following its acquisition of Giga Information Group. He spent a decade in the software industry after several years as a programmer on Wall Street.

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Matt Aslett

Research Director, 451 Research

As Research Director for data management and analytics within 451 Research's Information Management practice, Matt has overall responsibility for the coverage of operational and analytic databases, data integration, data quality, and business intelligence. Matt's own primary area of focus is on relational and non-relational databases, data warehousing, data caching, and Hadoop. Matthew is also an expert in open source software and regularly contributes to 451 Research's open source-related research.

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Tony Baer

Principal Analyst, Software - Enterprise Solutions, Ovum

Tony Baer has a multi-disciplinary background touching the different tiers of enterprise software.

Prior to joining Ovum, he was an independent analyst whose company ‘onStrategies’ delivered software development and integration tools to vendors with technology assessment and market positioning services. He also led Computerwire’s CIO Agenda and Computer Finance end-user best practices research services.

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Bob Gourley

Editor, CTOvision.com

Bob Gourley is the publisher of CTOvision.com and is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm, where he leads efforts in due diligence assessments and strategic consulting.

Bob also serves on public boards and advisory boards for a number of companies including Centripetal Networks, Haystax, Wayin, Invincea, Spacecurve, Optensity and Triumfant.

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Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence, Accel

Hilary Mason is a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor.

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Ron Powell

Independent Analyst, Consultant, Editor and Channel Expert

Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with an extensive media, marketing and technology background. He is currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services. Ron has extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing, and maintains an expert channel expert and blog on the BeyeNETWORK.