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Attend the 6 Feb @Cloudera Federal Forum: For the Analyst, Data Scientist, #BigData Technologist in DC

By Bob Gourley

The agenda for the 3rd Annual Cloudera Federal Forum (6 Feb 2014, Hanover MD) has firmed up and will no doubt lead to an incredible event. This will be a great venue for thought leaders from the federal government, great tech firms and very talented integrator firms.

The speakers are a world-class-best mix of data and analysis practitioners, and from what I can tell the attendees will be the real action-oriented professionals from government really making things happen in Big Data analysis. This will be the perfect place to share lessons learned, exchange use-cases, meet others working similar challenges, and help advance the state of analytics in the government space.

If you have not registered yet please do so now. Sign up at:

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Registration Open

7:00 AM Registration, Networking and BreakfastGeneral Session

8:00 AM Opening Remarks
Tom Reilly – Chief Executive Officer, Cloudera

8:15 AM Morning Keynote: Big Data Mission Needs
David R. Shedd – Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

8:45 AM Hadoop’s Impact on the Future of Data Management – Introduction of the Enterprise Data Hub
Mike Olson – Chief Strategy Officer, Cloudera

9:15 AM The Building Blocks of the Enterprise Data Hub
Eli Collins – Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, Cloudera

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM EzBake, DIAs Technology Agnostic Framework Under ORION that Enables Seamless Transition into ICITE
Matt Carroll – General Manager, 42Six, a CSC Company

11:00 AM Government Panel
Moderated by LTG (R) Richard Zahner
John A. Marshall – Deputy Program Manager, NSG Program Management Office, IT Service Directorate, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Noon Morning Wrap Up
Mercedes Westcott – Vice President, Public Sector, Cloudera Government Solutions

12:15 PM Lunch
Track 1 – Technical Track – Operationalizing Hadoop1:00 PM Tracking Provenance in Hadoop Clusters
Sudhanshu Arora – Software Engineer, Cloudera

1:45 PM Break

2:00 PM The Evolution of Machine Learning from Science to Software
Sean Owen – Director, Data Science, Cloudera

2:45 PM Configuring Hadoop in a STIGGED Environment
Andrew Zimmerman, Matt Shapiro – PERSEREC Division of DMDC – “Invited”

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM EzBake: Integration in the Cloud
Sapan “Soup” Shah – Technical Director, 42Six a CSC Company

4:15 PM Adjourn/ Networking SocialTrack 2 – Business Track – Big Data Applications and Use Cases

1:00 PM The REDDISK Big Data Architecture
Paul Brown – CEO, Koverse

1:30 PM Hadoop-Powered Solutions for Cybersecurity
Joey Echeverria – Chief Architect, Cloudera Government Solutions

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Attacking Fraud, Waste, and Abuse with Big Data
Marc Kriz – Account Executive, Cloudera Government Solutions

2:45 PM Cloud Deployment for the Enterprise Data Hub
Eli Collins – Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, Cloudera

3:30 PM The Art and Application of Hadoop
Amy O’Connor – Big Data Evangelist, Cloudera

4:15 PM Adjourn/Networking SocialTrack 3 – Hadoop App Development Lab (Pre-Registration Required, Limited Space Available)

1:00 PM Hadoop App Development Lab
Ryan Blue – Product Engineer, Cloudera
Sean Busbey – Solution Architect, Cloudera Government Solutions, Inc.,
Eric Sammer – Engineering Manager, Cloudera Cloudera4:15 PM Adjourn/Networking Social


Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer, Cloudera

Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market. Prior to Cloudera, his most recent role was as vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Previous to HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight , which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through a successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. More

Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer, Cloudera

Mike (@mikeolson) co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. More

Matt Carroll, 42Six

Mr. Matthew Carroll is the General Manager of 42six, CSC’s public sector Big Data and Distributed Computing division. He holds the responsibility for delivering high-end software solutions to customers within the Intelligence and Defense communities and currently provides engineering support to cloud computing initiatives at NSA, Army and DIA. Furthermore, 42six maintains 7x open-source programs and is a contributor to key programs for the Intelligence Community such as Accumulo, Titan and Ozone. More


Eli Collins, Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, Cloudera

Eli is Cloudera’s Chief Technologist. He previously lead Cloudera’s Platform team, is an active contributor to Apache Hadoop and is a member of its project management committee (PMC) at the Apache Software Foundation. Prior to Cloudera, Eli worked on processor virtualization and Linux at VMware. Eli holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from New York University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively.

Joey Echeverria, Chief Architect, Cloudera Government Solutions, Inc.

Joey Echeverria is Director of Federal Field Technical Services at Cloudera where he oversees the public sector Professional Services and Systems Engineering organizations. Joey was previously a Principal Solutions Architect where he worked directly with customers to deploy production Hadoop clusters and solve a diverse range of business and technical problems. More

Mercedes Westcott, VP, Public Sector, Cloudera

Mercedes Westcott serves as the Vice President of Public Sector, for Cloudera, Inc., the industry leader in the Big Data and Analytics market. Mercedes also serves on the Federal Advisory Board of Invincea, Inc, a next-generation, detection and prevention, cyber-security software company. Prior to joining Cloudera, Mercedes served as the Vice President of Public Sector for Delphix, a database virtualization company, based in Menlo Park, CA. More



Bob Gourley, Editor, CTO Vision

Bob Gourley is the publisher of and is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. Bob’s first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. He was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD’s cyber defense organization JTF-CND. Following retirement from the Navy Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).


Webster Mudge, Sr. Director, Technology Solutions, Cloudera

Webster Mudge is Sr. Director of Technology Solutions at Cloudera where he strives to bring Hadoop technologies and business objectives together. Previously, Webster held positions in sales and services at companies like Microsoft and FAST Search and Transfer and in software development at firms like Time Inc.

Webster has a deep background in the content management and search industries, and brings more than 20 years of hands-on software and services management.


Amy O’Connor – Big Data Evangelist, Cloudera

Amy is an accomplished cross-functional leader with demonstrated success in Software, Services, Marketing and Information Technology. She is a multi-faceted leader who is decisive, solutions-focused and results-oriented, with rich expertise in building and revitalizing teams, product/services portfolios and processes, and in delivering measurable marketing/technical results that affect real change. More

Eric Sammer, Engineering Manager, Cloudera

Eric manages multiple teams within the engineering organization, focused on platform accessibility for partners and customers. Previously, Eric helped design and build some of the largest systems and clusters with Cloudera customers. He has a background in distributed systems and data center operations and is the author of Hadoop Operations from O’Reilly Media.


David R. Shedd – Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. David R. Shedd was named Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2010. In this capacity, he assists the Director’s management of a workforce with more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide and his leadership of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise—Defense Intelligence Community organizations within the Department of Defense with an intelligence mission and/or function, plus all their stakeholders involved in creating, sustaining and enhancing mission capacity.


LTG (R) Richard Zahner

Richard P. Zahner was the the 43rd Deputy Chief of Staff, G 2 (Intelligence) of the United States Army. His distinguished 36 year military career included assignments in peace and war, at the tactical and national levels, in both conventional and Special Operations, and within the Army and at Joint and Combined Commands. A 1980 plank owner of the Joint Special Operations Command, he was a cornerstone in the foundation that created the culture of excellence and achievement that exists to this day.


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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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