DataRPM Board of Advisors

  • Awadallah

    Amr Awadallah

    Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr (@awadallah) was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Alexander Stojanovic
    Vice President

    Alexander Stojanovic is a Vice President at Oracle, where he founded, designed and is driving the business strategy for the new Oracle Data Enrichment Cloud Service. Prior to Oracle, he was General Partner and Chief Scientist at Frost Data Capital, where he focused on cloud analytics platforms, semantic search and exploratory data analysis platforms. During his time with Frost Data Capital, Mr. Stojanovic co-founded Ubix Labs, a scalable real-time analytics cloud startup, and was involved from inception with the business and technical evolution of MAANA, a Hadoop-based semantic indexing and search startup. Previously, he was a General Manager and Senior Partner at Microsoft, where he founded the HDInsight project to deliver Apache Hadoop on Azure and Windows platforms and was instrumental in defining Microsoft's Big Data strategy and Open Source Software engagement model. Before Microsoft, Mr. Stojanovic was Director of Engineering at BEA Systems, where he was co-architect of the market-leading Weblogic Integration 8.1 product.

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    Jill Rowley
    Founder and Chief Evangelist

    Jill Rowley is the Founder and Chief Evangelist of Jill Rowley #SocialSelling. Her mission is to enable sales professionals on the Why, What, and How of social selling. Previously, Ms. Rowley was the evangelist for social selling and social business on Oracle's Global Sales Enablement team. Ms. Rowley spent over 10 years building the marketing automation space with Eloqua and was a top performer – closing over $30 million in revenue. Ms. Rowley was recently hailed as the number one most influential woman in social selling by Forbes and named to OpenView's list of Top 25 B2B Sales Influencers for 2014. She won the 2011 Eloqua Employee of the Year Award and the 2013 Stevie award for Sales Rep of the Year.

  • dipakpatel

    Dipak Patel
    VP of Intergalactic Sales and Business Development

    A former Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Patel is the current VP of Global Sales & Business Development at G-Technology, a Division of HGST, Inc., and the Founder & Managing Director of BIG Visioneering Inc., a company that looks to activate established companies to challenge the status quo. He is also the Co-Founder of San Francisco-based Zeality Inc. Dipak is widely acknowledged as an expert in the Internet of Things (IoT) through his work with Wearable World, among other endeavors.

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    Bill Schmarzo
    Global Services Big Data Practice

    Bill Schmarzo is the Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Information Management & Analytics, at EMC Global Services and is the author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business." Previously, Mr. Schmarzo was the vice president of Analytics at Yahoo, where he was responsible for the development of Yahoo's Advertiser and Website analytics products, including the delivery of "actionable insights" through a holistic user experience. Before that, he oversaw the Analytic Applications business unit at Business Objects, including the development, marketing and sales of their industry-defining analytic applications.

  • Kirk Borne

    Kirk Borne
    Principal Data Scientist

    Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist for the NextGen Analytics and Data Science section of the Strategic Innovation Group within Booz Allen Hamilton. Previously Kirk served as a Professor at George Mason University in the graduate (Ph.D. Computational Science and Informatics) program and undergraduate (B.S. Data Science) program for 12 years. Kirk has worked on various NASA contracts — as research scientist, a manager on a large science data system contract and as the Hubble Telescope Data Archive Project Scientist. His PhD is in Astronomy from Caltech. He has applied his expertise in science and large data systems with numerous agencies and firms, focusing on data for discovery, decision support and innovation across many different domains and industries. Kirk is a blogger ( and actively promotes data literacy for everyone by disseminating information related to data science and analytics on social media. He has been named among the top 3 worldwide influential bloggers in big data and data science consistently since 2013. Follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne

  • John Kreisa

    John Kreisa
    VP International Marketing

    With more than 20 years of software marketing experience, Kreisa is a key member of the Hortonworks executive team dedicated to meeting the growing demand for Apache Hadoop worldwide. As vice president of international marketing, Kreisa focuses on enhancing Hortonworks' expanding presence in the Apache Hadoop community. In addition to his time with Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, Kreisa also served as vice president of marketing for Gluster and Cloudera. Kreisa brings a unique blend of open source and enterprise software marketing experience and will help further refine Hortonworks' marketing strategy for the big data market.

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    Kevin Shatzkamer
    CTO, Mobile Networking at Brocade

    With responsibility for long-term strategy and architectural evolution of the intersection points of cloud technologies, digital media assets, and mobility devices/networks. Mr. Shatzkamer's work in these areas encompasses deep industry trend analysis, business strategy, and technical architecture and infrastructure evolution.
    Mr. Shatzkamer works directly with customer CTOs and their organizations on aligning long-term technology investment strategy to emerging trends. For mobile carriers, these architectures align to next-generation business models, including mobile + cloud, Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, machine-to-machine (M2M), analytics and digital media distribution and delivery.
    Mr. Shatzkamer's ecosystem-wide, experience-centric approach to working with customers allows for the identification and exploitation of synergies between disparate organizations to derive new technology and business models for the mobile industry.
    Mr. Shatzkamer recently joined Brocade in 2014 after 15 years at Cisco, where he served as Distinguished Systems Engineer for the US Service Provider market, working closely with mobile carriers, digital media providers, CDN providers, and cloud providers to deliver mobile solutions to customers.
    Mr. Shatzkamer holds 50+ issued and pending patents related to all areas of work. Mr. Shatzkamer holds a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Florida, a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Masters of System Design and Management from MIT.
    Mr. Shatzkamer is a regular speaker at trade shows and industry forums and has published two books discussing the architectures, designs, technologies, and protocols shaping the future of the Mobile Internet, from RAN to services. Mr. Shatzkamer is also active on a number of Advisory Boards related to his industry experience.

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