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July 09, 2015
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Hortonworks Momentum in Oil and Gas Heats Up

It was a frenetic month of June with Hadoop Summit in San Jose and the GDS International Oil and Gas CIO Summit the following week in San Antonio. Both events were well attended and very positively received by Hortonworks customers and O&G companies beginning to evaluate Hadoop for new advanced analytics applications.

Hadoop Summit was well attended by a large contingent across all segments of the industry and we saw a 500% growth in attendees from oil and gas customers over last year.

Some O&G highlights from the event included:

  • A keynote panel discussion on “Transformational Stories of Hadoop in the Enterprise” featuring Anil Varma, Schlumberger Vice President Data and Analytics, along with Verizon, Home Depot, Symantec, and Rogers Communications.
  • Hadoop at Work discussions by Frank Besch, Director of Business Innovation with Noble Energy on “Becoming a Data Driven Oil and Gas Enterprise with Advanced Analytics and Hadoop” and Vish Avasarala, Global Head of Advanced Analytics with Schlumberger on “Big Data Challenges in the Energy Sector“. Both were well received by a diverse cross-section of attendees across many industries.
  • Analyst Day participation from speakers in the Oil and Gas industry
  • Video Interview participation for the Oil and Gas industry with a number of other industries
  • Key O&G stakeholders were able to discuss their challenges and vision in a 1:1 format with Hortonworks founders, executive management, and lead engineers

The week after Hadoop Summit, the GDS International Oil and Gas Summit featured a unique format coupled with an experienced group of delegates eager to understand more about Big Data and Analytics (which was a focus track at the conference).

Hortonworks participated with a select group of vendors and delegates throughout the three day Summit in the following areas:

  • Sitting on two panels discussing Big Data and Advanced Analytics
  • A workshop entitled “Turning Data Into Margin in Upstream Oil and Gas” featuring Jon Ludwig with Hess Corporation describing the company’s journey with Hadoop and Advanced Analytics
  • Focused 1:1 sessions with 14 of the delegates discussing challenges facing the industry and their companies and how we can work together to drive cost efficiencies across the lifecycle of a well, increase cash flow, and add to overall shareholder value. Consistent themes of investment interest included single view of an asset, industrial IOT, predictive analytics, and G&G advanced analytics.

The Hortonworks Oil and Gas team collaborates with our customers on a simple formula for success with Hadoop. We execute a business value workshop, identify potential pilots with high value and quick execution, and deliver and operationalize targeted business value to a specific business unit or asset team. We accomplish this over a 6-week period with the goal of helping our customers jumpstart their journey to driving decisions with data in Open Enterprise Hadoop.

For the balance of the summer, we are continuing existing discussions and starting new programs of work while looking to ensure that all of our customers have a world-class experience partnering with Hortonworks.



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