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Interview: Ida Johnsson, Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Economics at USC

I recently caught up with Ida Johnsson, a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Economics at University of Southern California, to discuss how she is actively transitioning to the field of data science. This interview can serve as a compelling example for others wishing to move into the field of data science from other disciplines and explore career opportunities.

Hadoop 3.0 Perspectives by Hortonwork’s Hadoop YARN & MapReduce Development Lead, Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli

In the Q&A below, , Hortonwork’s Hadoop YARN & MapReduce Development Lead, Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli, offers his perspectives on the recent release of Hadoop 3.0, the latest version of the Open Source software framework for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.

Interview: Joe Pasqua, Executive Vice President of Products at MarkLogic

I recently spoke with Joe Pasqua, Executive Vice President of Products at MarkLogic. Our discussion touched on a number of related issues, including the importance of effective data integration as organizations’ work to implement initiatives as broad as digital transformation and as specific as compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws, which go into effect this May.

Interview: Shalini Agarwal, Director, Engineering and Product at LinkedIn

I recently caught up with Shalini Agarwal, Director, Engineering and Product at LinkedIn, to discuss how we need more data scientists to make our applications smarter; however we can make them more efficient and accomplish more with data scientists by having automated workflows and tools. These tools can be used by non-data scientists to leverage the established workflows and remove the repetitive tasks from the mountain of tasks expected from a data-scientist.

Interview: Ben Bromhead, CTO and Co-founder at Instaclustr

I recently caught up with Ben Bromhead, CTO and Co-founder at Instaclustr, to discuss the departure of DataStax from the Apache Cassandra open source project, and how there’s now a void with regard to Cassandra dev community health, database feature upgrades, and overall commits. Instaclustr is looking to step into this space, fill the vacuum, get commits back up, and replace DataStax on these initiatives.

Interview: Ayush Parashar, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Unifi Software

I recently caught up with Ayush Parashar, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Unifi Software, to discuss the role and value of metadata as enterprises embrace self-service access to data. Unifi leverages metadata in almost every aspect of what they do. From delivering an elegant user experience to powering AI, it’s a key asset in supporting the capabilities and functionality they are able to deliver to a business user.

Interview: Pete Schlampp, VP of Analytics at Workday

I recently spoke with Pete Schlampp, Vice President, Workday Analytics, to discuss how many companies consider themselves data-driven, but if they are relying on legacy systems — with data spread out over multiple sources that can’t and don’t talk to each other — they are not taking full advantage of data.

Interview: Tomer Shiran, Co-founder and CEO at Dremio

I recently caught up with Tomer Shiran, Co-founder and CEO at Dremio, to discuss his new company that just came out of stealth. Dremio is an open source software start-up based in Mountain View, and was built on the idea that companies need to change that dynamic between the consumers of data and IT. Dremio’s strategy is based on the premise that data consumers have too many tools, which creates unnecessary complexity and user headaches, particularly in mixed environments involving traditional and emerging platforms. Dremio simplifies the process of connecting, preparing and querying data in multiple different repositories in order to give data consumers a better experience when analyzing the data in their analysis tool of choice.

Interview: David Steinmetz, Machine Learning Engineer at Capital One

I recently caught up with Daniel Steinmetz, who is a Machine Learning Engineer with Capital One Bank to discuss how to get a job at Capital One, the types skills they are looking for, and what his typical day looks like.

Interview: Mary Cameron, Data Scientist at Tophatter

I recently caught up with Mary Cameron, Data Scientist at Tophatter, to get her compelling insights into how Tophatter uses the principles of data science. She also delves into her life as a data scientist at a dynamic and growing company.