Join us at Cloudera Sessions as like-minded data innovators from around Stockholm 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
Stockholm | 29th November 2016

Hilton Stockholm Slussen  
Guldgränd 8
10465 Stockholm 


8:00AM - Breakfast in the partner pavilion

9:00AM - Welcome and Introduction

Stephen Line, RVP North EMEA, Cloudera 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.

Amr Awadallah - CTO and Co-Founder, Cloudera

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

Cristina Roa - VP Global Strategic Initiatives – SNYPR,  Securonix

10:30AM - 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.

11:00AM - Customer Use Cases

This session will focus on the way customers are utilising the Cloudera platform to drive business performance across retail, telecommunications and financial services.

Mark Samson - Principal Systems Engineer, Cloudera

11:30AM - Petascale Genomics with Apache Hadoop

The advent of next-generation DNA sequencing technologies is poised to revolutionize the way life sciences research is practiced. These new technologies are scaling significantly faster than Moore’s law, and promise to catapult life sciences research and the biotech industry into the realm of big data. However, bioinformatics and data management in the life sciences has been slow to adopt the latest big data technologies pioneered by the internet industry (e.g. Google and Facebook), in part because these tools are only beginning to become necessary today.

This session will review several ways in which distributed computing tools (e.g., the Hadoop ecosystem) can be used to significantly advance the state of the art in life sciences research. It will cover the ADAM and GATK projects for doing genomics ETL on top of Spark, and will touch on tools like Hadoop, Spark, Impala, and Kudu among others. This talk is not only for people interested in biology or genomics, since the techniques used for data storage and analytics apply equally well to other domains too.

Tom White - Principal Data Scientist, Cloudera

12:00PM - 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.Facilitator:


Stephen Line - VP of North EMEA, Cloudera


Cristina Roa - VP Global Strategic Initiatives - SNYPR, Securonix

Shant Hovsepian - CTO & Co-Founder, Arcadia Data

Amr Awadallah - CTO & Co-Founder, Cloudera

12:30PM - Networking 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.

1:30PM - Breakouts

Hadoop and Spark Essentials

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.

Presenter: Per Andersson - Systems Engineer, Cloudera


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


Mark Samson - Principal Systems Engineer, Cloudera 

Mike Merritt-Holmes - VP Global Service Strategy, Think Big


Driving a 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 - Technical Regional Manager EMEA, Trifacta

3:30PM - Happy Hour 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!


  • Amr Awadallah, Ph.D.

    Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera

    Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr (@awadallah) was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Stephen Line

    Regional VP North EMEA

  • 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).

  • Tom White

    Principal Data Scientist

  • Per Andersson

    System Engineer

  • Victor Coustenoble

    Sr. Sales Engineer, Trifacta

  • Shant Hovsepian

    Co-Founder & CTO
    Arcadia Data

    Shant is responsible for long-term innovation and technical direction at Arcadia Data. 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.

  • Mike Merritt-Holmes,

    VP Global Service Strategy Think Big

    Mike is VP Global Service Strategy at Think Big. He is now responsible for defining and standardizing the full portfolio of services that Think Big offer. Previously, Mike was the Co-Founder at Big Data Partnership, which was acquired by Teradata, working as CEO for 3.5 years, before taking on a Chief Strategy Officer role to standardize the services portfolio for BDP. Mike has been leading start-up services organizations for 12 years.

  • 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.


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