Join us at Cloudera Sessions as like-minded data innovators from around London come together for a comprehensive day of exploring the different stages of the data journey.

Whether you are trying to increase operational efficiencies, discover and automate analytics, or transform your industry through unique data applications, we will walk you through our first hand experience of helping organisations build a modern architecture in order to make analytics pervasive across their organisation.

Cloudera Sessions 2016
London | 6th December 2016

Tobacco Dock 
Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane
London, E1W 2SF 


8:00AM - Registration and Breakfast

Go to the registration desk to collect your badge and grab a tea or coffee before heading into the conference room for the start of the event.

9:00AM - Welcome and Introduction

Stephen Line, RVP North EMEA will welcome delegates to the event and introduce the agenda and themes for the day.

9:15AM - Keynote: Big Value with Big Data

Data is transforming industries and creating massive value for businesses. It can help us better understand our world, build innovative products and services, and manage operational risk and compliance. Taking advantage of these opportunities, including the internet of things, requires a modern approach to working with data, and success takes more than just applying new technologies like Apache Hadoop. Join us to learn how to get started on your journey to a data strategy.

Tom Reilly - Cloudera CEO

10:15AM - Delivering User Behaviour Analytics at Apache Hadoop Scale

Cristina Roa - VP Global Strategic Initiatives – SNYPR,  Securonix

10:30AM - Are you on a SMART Big Data Journey? Learn How To Use Advanced Data Analytics To Transform Your Business

Big data has cemented its relevance in business. Most business owners recognise this fact, but it can be overwhelming to know what and how to extract meaningful information to make a positive difference. This session will breakdown the areas of strategic data management and how it can be integrated into business to drive better efficiencies and uncover new savings and revenue opportunities.

Find out how to think SMART and how this has been applied to real life business cases. Get tips on how to ask the right questions to turn data into useful insight to better challenge your decision making process. In doing so, you will be better armed to navigate your business through new technological opportunities such as machine learning.

Attend this session to eliminate the stress surrounding big data, to reap the rewards, and to transform your business.

Bernard Marr - Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Leading Business and Data Expert

11:00AM - Networking Break

Take a short break from presentations and recharge your batteries with drinks and refreshments in the exhibition area. Spend time with the event sponsors and learn how they work with Cloudera to help you get value from all of your data.

11:30AM - Make Your Data Work For You: Strategies For Achieving Maximum Benefit

Data, data everywhere ... And yet, many organizations continue to struggle with getting the most out of the data they have, or could get, access to. In her presentation, guest speaker Martha Bennett, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, will cover the key best practices for developing a successful data strategy, and the technology underpinnings needed to make it real:

  • The main characteristics setting apart digital leaders

  • Putting in place a solid technology foundation to deliver the right data to the right person at the right time

  • From data to action: three basic principles for getting the most out of your data

Martha Bennett - Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

12:00PM - Marks & Spencer: The M&S big data journey

Mike Whitelegge, Head of Big Data Solutions, Marks and Spencer

12:15PM - Cox Automotive: Transforming automotive through actionable insight

Learn how Cox Automotive is using Cloudera to deliver actionable insight to transform the way the world buys, sells and owns vehicles.

Allison Nau - Head of Data Solutions, Cox Automotive UK

12:30PM - 4finance's Journey To Select a Big Data Vendor

Chris Tabb - Chief Technical Architect, 4Finance

12:45PM - Panel Discussion: Reducing Fraud and Business Risk in the Age of Digital Transformation

All verticals are under attack for their trade secrets, intellectual property and customer data by actors with various motives and capabilities. Reducing risk and fraud is now a top priority for Boards, CEO’s, CISO’s, CRO’s and CDO’s.

Yet how do you tackle the challenges and avoid massive reputational, monetary, and intellectual property losses? Why are traditional approaches and systems no longer sufficient to address the problems?  Join this panel discussion to hear how from customers and partners alike.

Dr. Richard L. Harmon - Subject Matter Expert, Financial Services, Cloudera

Cristina Roa - VP Global Strategic Initiatives - SNYPR, Securonix

Shant Hovsepian - Co-Founder & CTO, Arcadia Data

Vikram Desai - Managing Director, Accenture Security

Omar Agha - UK Country Manager, Datameer

Justin Lyon - Founder and Director, Simudyne

Andy Waterhouse - EMEA Presales Director, RSA

1:15PM - Lunch

Head to the exhibition area for lunch and share your learnings from the event so far with your peers and sponsors. Discover some of the latest solutions in the software industry and discuss how data can help to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.


2:15PM - Breakout Sessions

2:15 - 3:15PM - Hadoop and Spark Essentials - Part 1

New to Hadoop and Spark or still need to sharpen your understanding? Trying to figure out what Sqoop, Flume or Hive are and what they can be used for? If so, you’re not alone. Hands on Hadoop and Spark is the ultimate guide to help you take your understanding to the next level. Join Cloudera as we take you through the origins of Hadoop, discuss existing and new projects, what they are used for, and how you can apply Hadoop and Spark to modernise your data architecture.

Brendan Moran, Systems Engineering Manager, UK & Ireland, Cloudera



2:15 - 3:15PM - Driving True Customer 360 with Apache Hadoop

Organisations spanning all industries are in pursuit of Customer 360, which aims to integrate and enrich customer information across multiple channels, systems, devices and products in order to improve the interaction experience and maximise the value delivered. With an Enterprise Data Hub, powered by Apache Hadoop, organisations can effectively stitch together a true 360-degree view of their customer base that goes beyond the traditional segmentation attributes in order to deliver personalised offerings, improve marketing effectiveness and drive down churn.

What you will learn:

  • Current challenges with building a true Customer 360

  • Highlight an iterative and proven methodology to effectively build a Customer 360 profile

  • Key Customer 360 use cases and industry case studies

Mark Samson, Principal Systems Engineer, Cloudera

Victor Coustenoble, Senior Sales Engineer, Trifacta


2:15 - 3:15PM - Apache Hadoop Meets Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become the topic of conversation for organisations across every industry as attack surfaces have expanded with the digital, social, and mobile world. As it becomes more difficult to protect organisations, professionals are turning to new technologies in order to avoid massive reputational, monetary, and intellectual property losses. In recent years a convergence of factors have occurred that is putting Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark at the forefront of the cybersecurity arms race.

What you will learn:

  • Learn how Hadoop can modernise your existing cybersecurity architecture

  • Detect advanced threat faster by deploying advanced analytics across PBs worth of data

  • Reduce threat investigation and mitigation time with comprehensive data access

Jeff Rothwell, Systems Engineer, Cloudera 

Vikram Desai, Managing Director, Accenture Security


3:15PM - Networking Break

Back to the exhibition area for one more break to re-charge the batteries before heading into the final breakout sessions.

3:45PM - Breakout Sessions

3:45 - 4:45PM - Hadoop and Spark Essentials - Part 2

New to Hadoop and Spark or still need to sharpen your understanding? Trying to figure out what Sqoop, Flume or Hive are and what they can be used for? If so, you’re not alone. Hands on Hadoop and Spark is the ultimate guide to help you take your understanding to the next level. Join Cloudera as we take you through the origins of Hadoop, discuss existing and new projects, what they are used for, and how you can apply Hadoop and Spark to modernise your data architecture.

Brendan Moran, Systems Engineering Manager, UK & Ireland, Cloudera


3:45 - 4:45PM - Architecture Modernization - New approaches to data engineering using Apache Hadoop

As your company aims to integrate more data sources, new approaches can help you ensure better analytical models based on the best data and that future data types will not present added complication. Whether you are looking to modernise and extend your existing data warehouse environment or build new real-time data pipelines an enterprise data hub architecture gives you the right tools to achieve more value from your data. Common Data Engineering use cases, from offloading existing platforms to incorporating new datasets.

What you will learn:

  • Common data integration use cases, from offloading existing platforms to incorporating new datasets

  • How modern Hadoop components such as Spark and Kafka enable data integration at scale

  • Common projects risks and how to avoid them

Jeff Rothwell, Systems Engineer, Cloudera

Ian Sharp, Lead Data Scientist, Oracle


3:45 - 4:45PM - Data Driven Product & Service Development

Every industry is currently in the midst of a transformation as the world becomes even more hyper-connected,and agile players in the space turn to data in order to gain market share by driving product differentiation. Many of the applications that we know of today, and will require in the future, leverage the use of these new and emerging data source in order to provide more value. IoT is a great example of data driven products and services. As the internet of things (IoT) advances, it becomes critical for organisations to understand how to leverage this information to better fuel the next wave of application innovation.

What you will learn:

  • How Apache Hadoop enables agile data driven product and service development

  • Examples of how Cloudera customers have implemented data driven product and service development

  • Demo of how to leverage Cloudera to inform product and service development

Chris Royles, Systems Engineer, Cloudera & Tableau

4:45PM - Happy Hour Networking Reception

After a busy day of learning about the latest developments and trends in big data and Apache Hadoop it is time to relax in the exhibition area and spend time with the rest of the attendees over drinks!


  • Tom Reilly


  • Stephen Line

    Regional VP North EMEA

  • Martha Bennett

    Principal Analyst

    Martha serves the CIO role, covering business intelligence (BI), analytics, and big data. Her current research has two main areas of focus: 1) the investigation of best practices for making the most of an organization's data, as well as building appropriate processes and organizational structures; and 2) analyzing the effect of emerging technologies and business pressures on the way BI capabilities are managed and delivered. Other key research areas include BI in the cloud, mobile BI, blockchain, and the impact of the Internet of Things. Known for her down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to making sense of the latest hot technology area, she has provided input on technology strategy and IT governance structures to clients all over the world. She is a sought-after conference speaker and is also frequently retained as an independent voice by technology companies seeking to optimize their approach to the market. Previous Work Experience Martha has over 20 years of technology experience and has held a number of senior positions involving the investigation of new technologies and their introduction to the enterprise. Her main focus has been helping her clients make sense of the impact of new and emerging technologies on existing IT systems and business processes, as well as the security, risk, and regulatory implications. Most recently, Martha provided custom research studies for tier 1 CIOs, covering topics ranging from big data to the role of the CIO in the transition to the digital economy. Prior to that, she held a variety of senior management and individual contributor positions at Freeform Dynamics, as well as various companies within the Datamonitor Group. Martha's first analyst role was as a vice president at Giga Information Group, which was later acquired by Forrester, where she became research director for financial services. Before joining Giga, Martha's roles included head of advanced technology at Prudential and manager at Price Waterhouse's World Multimedia Unit. Education Martha earned an M.A. in English literature, American studies, and modern history from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. A qualified translator, Martha is fully bilingual in English and German.

  • Bernard Marr

    Best-Selling Author, Leading Business & Data Expert

  • Cristina Roa

    VP Global Strategic Initiatives - SNYPR, Securonix

    Cristina Roa has been with Securonix since 2012. Her current role is VP Global Strategic Initiatives at Securonix and she is responsible for driving our Big Data Security Analytics adoption across the globe working with customers and partners and internally with Product Development, Marketing and Sales. In her previous role at Securonix, Cristina was VP of Eastern North America, EMEA and APJ and helped grow the company from its initial revenues to market dominance in the UEBA (User and Entity Behavior Analytics) space. Prior to Securonix, Cristina held sales and sales leadership positions at SailPoint (Identity and Access Management), Credent (EndPoint Encryption – bought by Dell), Mercury Interactive (IT Governance and Performance Testing – bought by HP), BEA (Web Infrastructure – bought by Oracle), Bowstreet (Web Services Application Development – bought by IBM), Tivoli (Enterprise Systems Management – bought by IBM), Sun Microsystems (Unix Systems – bought by Oracle) and NCR (Unix Systems).

  • Dr. Chris Royles

    Systems Engineer

    Chris holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, having interests in Linked, Open and Big Data domains. This has lead to a passion for machine learning, user experience and delivering insight from complex questions. Chris focuses on UK Government, as well as Energy and Utilities and has implemented a broad range of solutions where data is key to making the very best decisions.

  • Shant Hovsepian

    Co-Founder & CTO
    Arcadia Data

    Shant is responsible for long-term innovation and technical direction. Previously, he was with Aster Data (later acquired by Teradata), where he was an early member of the engineering team and worked on numerous features across the stack, including high performance cluster inter-connects, data storage,compression, and distributed query planning.

  • Jeff Rothwell

    Sales Engineer

    Jeff Rothwell is a Sales Engineer at Cloudera, where he helps customers architect Big Data solutions that reveal insight from all types of data and all types of systems. He has a background in Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics and over 20 years experience in the software industry across a diverse range of vertical markets.

  • Mark Samson

    Principal Systems Engineer

    Mark Samson is a Principal Systems Engineer at Cloudera, helping customers solve their big data problems using enterprise data hubs based on Hadoop. Mark has 18 years’ experience working with big data and information management software in technical sales, service delivery, and support roles.

  • Brendan Moran

    Systems Engineering Manager, UK & Ireland, Cloudera

    Brendan Moran is the Systems Engineering Manager for the UK & Ireland and Cloudera, whose team of talented engineers helps customers choose and design the right mix of cloudera and partner solutions, build amazing data and analytic driven products to transform their businesses. Brendan has a background in creating and monetising big data analytic products whilst at WGSN and over 20 years in high technology companies across a diverse range of verticals.

  • Victor Coustenoble

    Sr. Sales Engineer

  • Allison Nau

    Head of Data Solutions
    Cox Automotive UK

    Allison is a highly driven and self-motivated big data/analytics/product executive with a proven track record in transforming businesses and driving strategic growth through data and analytics.

  • Vikram Desai

    Managing Director, Accenture Security

    Vikram Desai is responsible for leading Accenture Security’s global security platform agenda, driving the development of solutions that help clients across industries fight cyber threats. Desai has more than 25 years of analytics and security experience, with in-depth knowledge of the managed service space and special expertise in cybersecurity, data analytics, IT infrastructure, application networking and communications. Prior to joining Accenture, Vikram was Chief Executive Officer or President of several technology pioneers, including Radware, Kavado, Liquid Computing, and Global Crossing.

  • Omar Agha

    UK Country Manager

    Omar Agha is the UK Country Manager at Datameer, where he is responsible for the UK operation. Omar has worked in the Big Data space for more than 8 years and is an experienced sales leader achieving significant incremental growth year on year. His commitment to consistently over-achieving in his sales roles currently within Datameer and previously Talend and throughout his career are paramount. Omar has a passion, drive and tenacious approach in his dedication to supporting his team and his customers. He has gained his success by also working closely with customers across all verticals to gain an understanding of their goals and issues, turning them into positive outcomes and benefits.

  • Justin Lyon

    Founder and Director

    Justin is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of advanced computer simulation and analytics. Justin’s talks explore the applications of AI and machine based predictive analytics on decision making. He attracts audiences of experts and industry thought leaders who are interested to hear about analytics, system dynamics and network modelling. We live in a complex world and Justin examines the ways in which these technologies will enable the world's business, government and civic leaders shape a better world for the next generation. Justin has presented at Bloomberg, FT Innovate, World Cities Conference, given a TedX talk, appeared on CNBC, BBC World Service and been featured in publications including Wired, The Guardian, ITProportal, TechUK, The Risk Universe and Dow Jones He is the founder of the pioneering technology company, Simudyne, whose clients have included The Bank of England, Shell, Arup and PWC. He is also Director of Ordach a cybersecurity solution at the cutting edge of cyber risk diagnostics.

  • Andy Waterhouse

    EMEA Presales Director

  • Chris Tabb

    Chief Technical Architect

    I am a versatile and self-motivated application and data specialist with 20 years’ experience of delivering application, data and reporting solutions with complex technical requirements in a vast range of business environments including Banking, Regulatory, Payments, Fintech and Manufacturing. Over the years I have been providing consultancy and advice on Data Management, Data Warehousing, Analytical Platforms, Governance, Architecture and Security.

  • Michael Whitelegge

    Head of Big Data Solutions
    Marks & Spencer plc

    Michael Whitelegge heads up the Big Data Solutions team within Marks & Spencer’s Information Management department. During his time at M&S, Michael has been responsible for developing and implementing innovative data solution processes to support analytical applications from store location analysis to customer insight. Michael has been involved in the M&S Big Data journey throughout. Following his Geography BSc and Masters in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Leicester, he has held previous roles in different consultancy companies ranging between natural resources, transportation, oil and telecommunications applications spanning over 25 years.

  • Ian Sharp

    Lead Data Scientist


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