By Bob Gourley
If you are an enterprise technologist the driving factors in your technology selections are probably the discriminating functionality of the technology you are looking at mixed with factors like cost, simplicity, ability to work with your legacy environment, and overall ability to position your organization for success. Most enterprise CTOs also pay close attention to the ability of firms to continue to execute. Among data capability firms Cloudera has always led in that ability. Their widespread market adoption and very high levels of customer satisfaction plus leadership in contributing to the open source community underscore their staying power.
But I just read something that made me even more excited about this firm. They have just brought the highly regarded software executive Tom Reilly onboard their management team as CEO. Tom is a great person and a tremendous leader whose background, to me, will be a perfect match for the world class team already at Cloudera. The message I get from this move is this is yet another reason to build your data foundation on the open source Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
From press release at: http://ctolink.us/19gbhQl
Cloudera Appoints Tom Reilly as Chief Executive Officer and Mike Olson as Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Board
Leading Hadoop Vendor Poised for Next Stage of Growth
PALO ALTO, CA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 18, 2013) –Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered byApache Hadoop, today announced the appointments of Tom Reilly as chief executive officer (CEO) and Mike Olson as chief strategy officer (CSO) and chairman of the Board of Directors. Both executives will take up their new roles effective July 8th, 2013.
“With over 30 years of enterprise software experience, I am pleased to welcome Tom to the Cloudera family,” said Mike Olson, chief strategy officer, Cloudera. “We have long set the pace for the commercial adoption of Hadoop and with Tom’s leadership and focus Cloudera will accelerate the pace of innovation, continue to deliver growth and extend our market leadership. Today’s announcement reinforces Cloudera’s commitment and investment in the Hadoop open source community and the continued success of open source initiatives.”
The appointments capitalize on Cloudera’s existing market leadership. By adding Reilly to the management team, a seasoned industry veteran who brings a strong track record for leading high-growth enterprise organizations, Cloudera solidifies its position as the major software provider for big data in modern data centers. Mike Olson, a proven leader, visionary and innovator who has since its inception successfully lead the preeminent Hadoop vendor and helped create the existing Hadoop market becomes the CSO to ensure that Cloudera retains and extends its lead.
In Olson’s new role, he will focus on Cloudera’s market strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers to ensure that Cloudera continues to deliver leading Hadoop solutions to market.
“I am extremely excited to join an organization that is transforming an industry and enabling a new class of analytic applications that were previously unaffordable or unattainable with legacy approaches,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer, Cloudera. “As the addressable Hadoop market continues to grow and Cloudera positions itself to lead that market with its world-class product suite, I look forward to ensuring solid execution and continued high growth.”
Reilly joins Cloudera from HP, the world’s largest technology company, where he served as the vice president and general manager of enterprise security. Prior to HP, Reilly served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight, an early innovator in SIEM technology. Under Reilly’s leadership ArcSight became the market-leading platform for enterprise security intelligence adopted by the largest public and private organizations globally. He led ArcSight through a successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP in 2010.
He previously served as vice president of business information services for IBM, following the acquisition of master data management company, Trigo Technologies Inc., where he had served as CEO.
Reilly currently serves as a Board Member for Jive Software, privately held Ombud Inc., ThreatStream Inc. and will also join the Cloudera Board of Directors. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Founded in 2008, Cloudera pioneered the business case for Hadoop with CDH, the world’s most comprehensive, thoroughly tested and widely deployed 100% open source distribution of Apache Hadoop in both commercial and non-commercial environments. Now, the company is redefining data managementwith its Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, empowering enterprises to Ask Bigger Questions™ and gain rich, actionable insights from all their data, to quickly and easily derive real business value that translates into competitive advantage. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and leading educator of data professionals with the broadest array of Hadoop training and certification programs, Cloudera also offers comprehensive consulting services. Over 600 partners across hardware, software and services have teamed with Cloudera to help meet organizations big data goals. With tens of thousands of nodes under management and hundreds of customers across diverse markets, Cloudera is the category leader that has set the standard for Hadoop in the enterprise.
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