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PALO ALTO, Calif., September 11, 2017 Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR), the modern platform for machine learning and analytics optimized for the cloud, announced finalists for this year’s Data Impact Awards. In its fifth year, the awards program increased by 65 percent in number of nominations from 2016. The Data Impact Awards recognize the leading organizations that are running Cloudera Enterprise in a production environment, resulting in innovations that demonstrate the biggest impacts to technology, science, health, lifestyle, and community across a wide variety of industries. The winners will be announced at the annual Data Impact Awards Celebration on Tuesday, 26th September in tandem with Strata Data 2017, New York.

Finalists were selected by a panel of third-party thought leaders in the data management and analytics space, from executives and industry analysts to professors and media experts.

"It's clear from the entries for the Data Impact Awards that real companies are delivering meaningful transformation with advanced data processing solutions across all industries,” said first-year judge,  Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research. “The entrants are improving operational efficiencies, but also delivering new business models such as 'as-a-service' offerings."

“The caliber and sheer diversity of use cases made it more challenging than ever to choose winners this year,” said fourth-year judge, Tony Baer, principal analyst at Ovum. “The breadth of the candidate pool revealed just how far enterprises in sectors outside classic early adopters have matured in their understanding of big data and harnessing the power of the community. The use cases have grown sufficiently compelling, that the Data Impact Awards really lived up to their name this year.”


This year’s finalists, listed by award theme and category, are:

Business Impact

  • Instrument Your Business: Deutsche Telekom IT GmbH, Hitachi Rail Europe (nominated by Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company), Leidos, Octo Telematics, UBS (nominated by Cognizant)
  • Secure Your Business: Centrify, DWANGO Co., Ltd., PNC Bank - Analytics and Portfolio Management, RingCentral (nominated by Streamsets), Western Union (nominated by Streamsets)
  • Customer Insight: Credit Suisse (nominated by Cognizant), Novantas, PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk (nominated by Kogentix), Sky Network Television Limited, TE Connectivity

Technical Impact

  • Cloud Pioneers: Air New Zealand (nominated by Enterprise IT), Celgene (nominated by Deloitte), Komatsu (nominated by Microsoft), Maersk Line, Panera Bread (nominated by CenturyLink)
  • Innovators in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: MasterCard, Podo, Shoppermotion, Thomson Reuters, Voith Digital Solutions

Special Impact

  • Modern Architecture for Big Results: BSE Limited (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange); BT Group Plc; TD Bank Group; T-Mobile; large global healthcare leader
  • Rookie of the Year: Ascension, Availity (nominated by Streamsets), GlaxoSmithKline (nominated by Anaconda, AtScale, Cloudwick Technologies, Kinetica, Streamsets, Tamr, and Zoomdata), Qrious Limited, Voya Financial
  • Societal Impact: Baylor College of Medicine - Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC), Be the Match, Cerner, Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente (nominated by Trifacta), 

The Data Impact Award finalists were selected by a global team of 32 judges: 

  • Olivia Duane Adams, Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx, Inc, @alteryxlibby
  • Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Ovum, @TonyBaer
  • Alberto Belle, Principal Analyst, Delfos Research
  • Brian Buntz, Content Director, Iot Institute, Informa, @brian_buntz
  • Philip Carnelley, Research Director, Enterprise Software, IDC Europe, @Pcarnelley
  • Brian Carpenter, Co-Host, The Hot Aisle Podcast, @intheDC
  • James Curtis, Senior Analyst, Data Platforms & Analytics, 451 Research, @jmscrts
  • Jason Dai, Senior Principal Engineer and CTO of Big Data Technologies, Intel, @intel
  • Raj Dalal, Founder & Principal Analyst, BigInsights, @BigInsights
  • Juan Garcia Morgado, Research and Consulting Director, IDC Spain, @jgarciamorgado
  • Bob Gourley, Co-Founder Cognitio and Publisher,,, @BobGourley
  • Karthik Krishnamurthy, Global Head and SVP, Interactive, IoT, Analytics and AI, Cognizant Digital Business, @kkrishn
  • Maribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research, @MaribelLopez
  • Mark Madsen, President, Third Nature, Inc., @markmadsen
  • Maria Jose Marzal, Director, Computerworld & CIO/CSO @mjmarzal
  • Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst & Consultant, Taneja Group, @smworldbigdata
  • William McKnight, President, McKnight Consulting Group, @williammcknight
  • Sanjeev Mohan, Research Director, Gartner, @SanjMo
  • Holger Mueller, Principal Analyst & VP, Constellation Research, @holgermu
  • Yves Mulkers, Consultant, Architect, and Social Media Manager, 7wData, @YvesMulkers
  • Ikuo Nakagawa, Ph.D, Invited Associate Professor, Osaka University, @go_go_ikuo
  • Carl Olofson, Research Vice President for Data Management Software Research, IDC, @databaseguru
  • Brent Piatti, Digital Business Lead, Dell EMC, @BrentPiatti
  • Tom Pringle, Head of Applications Research, Ovum, @Ovum
  • Neil Raden, CEO & Principal Analyst, Hired Brains Research, @neilraden
  • Manjeet Rege, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas, @ManjeetRege
  • Svetlana Sicular, Research VP, Gartner, @Sve_Sic
  • Rebecca Thompson, Vice President, Avere Systems, @averesystems
  • Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), @mymdec
  • Adam Wilson, CEO, Trifacta, @a_adam_wilson
  • Dan Yarmoluk, Director of Business Development, IIoT and Analytics, ATEK Access Technologies, @YarmolukDan
  • Liu Feng Yuan, Director (Data Science), Government Digital Services, Government Technology Agency, Singapore, @fengyuanliu

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