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June 13, 2017
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Announcing the 2017 Data Hero Winners, Americas!

We have our winners!

In January we announced the Hortonworks Data Heroes initiative. It’s our way of recognizing the Data Visionaries, Data Scientists, and Data Architects transforming their businesses and organizations through Big Data. Last week I posted about our Data Hero Finalists: nine amazing individuals championing transformation within their organizations.

Today we have our winners. It is my honor to present to you:

Data Visionary Winner

Data Visionary Winner
Tim Leonard & Jeff Miller

Tim Leonard, COO/CTO of TMW Systems
TMW Systems is the leading Big Data transportation technology provider and uses Hortonworks to develop Business Intelligence and Big Data tools that offers valuable business insights to transportation application users.

Data Scientist Winner

Data Scientist Winner
Allyn Moeller & Jeff Miller

Allyn Moeller, Director, Product Management & BI, DHISCO
DHISCO manages over 14 billion shopping requests per month for over 100,000 hotels and 400 brands. The company has developed an innovative and reliable distribution technology to track bookings, rates, availability, and hotel content.

Data Architect Winner

Omkar Patel, Director, Data and Analytics, Walgreens
Walgreens has embarked on several Big Data initiatives, including a data-warehouse migration with Hortonworks that allows greater scalability for a fraction of the cost. This has increased their data footprint and exploded into myriad new use cases touching nearly every aspect of the business.


IBM Cognitive Honors

IBM Cognitive Honors Winner
Dr. Wade Schulz and Kim Storin, VP of Marketing at IBM

Dr. Wade Schulz, Resident Physician & Senior Solution Architect, Yale-New Haven Health

This year, our partner, IBM, unveiled a new award. IBM Cognitive Honors seeks to recognize the Data Hero making gains in the AI/Machine Learning space.

Yale-New Haven has developed a continuous patient monitoring solution that stores 6-9 billion data points per month. This has resulted in nearly 50% alarm noise reduction and the data lake provides the foundation for numerous academic and health studies focused on patient care.

Congratulations to the winners!

To learn more about our Data Heroes program, and to nominate a Data Hero for our APAC region, visit

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