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Hortonworks Congratulates 2017 European Data Heroes Award Winners

DATAWORKS SUMMIT/HADOOP SUMMIT MUNICH, Germany — April 5, 2017Hortonworks, Inc.® (NASDAQ: HDP), a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms, today announced the winners of the 2017 European Data Heroes Awards. The awards recognize Hortonworks customers who have significantly transformed their enterprise by leveraging connected data platforms, highlighting real business value derived from data. Each winner exemplified outstanding achievements and meaningful results with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF). The winners were recognized yesterday at a Hortonworks gala preceding DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit Munich.

“Enterprises across every industry have realized that data is the new market currency. Each of the companies of a nominated Data Hero has taken momentous steps to revamp their IT environment to utilize data in new and efficient ways, allowing them to be first in their respective industries,” said Raj Verma, president and chief operating officer at Hortonworks. “Congratulations to the Data Heroes winners and we look forward to continuing to deliver transformational impact to their businesses.”

A panel of industry experts selected the following as the 2017 winners across Europe:

Data Visionary –  Daljit Rehal, Global Director, Digital & Data Services at Centrica

Mr. Rehal drove the creation of the Customer Information App (CIA), built on HDP and HDF, which has transformed customer service across millions of homes in the UK. Engineers consult the CIA to understand each individual customer’s history, needs and overall satisfaction level. The resulting data means customers are provided with smart energy bills which are more accurate. This has led to higher levels of customer service and satisfaction.

Data Architect – Tobias Bürger, Lead Big Data Platform & Architecture, BMW Group

BMW Group has uncovered new insights and use cases using HDP. Mr. Bürger is the chief architect for overall architecture and together with his team has established HDP within the BMW Group, driving 100+ use cases. He also provides training for others within the company.

Data Scientist – Rene Castberg, Senior Researcher at the DNV GL

Mr. Castberg helped develop Veracity, an industry data platform designed to help companies improve data quality and manage the ownership, security, sharing and use of data, borne from successful use of data platforms running on Hadoop.

Hortonworks thanks the judges panel of industry experts who selected the winners, including Brian McKenna, Computer Weekly and Philip Carnelley, IDC.

Additional Resources

To nominate a Data Hero for the upcoming DataWorks Summits, visit

For more on Hortonworks customers, visit

For more information about DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit in Munich (April 4-5), visit


About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is an industry-leading innovator that creates, distributes and supports enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data: data-in-motion and data-at-rest. Hortonworks is focused on driving innovation in open source communities such as Apache Hadoop, Apache NiFi and Apache Spark. Along with its 2,100+ partners, Hortonworks provides the expertise, training and services that allow customers to unlock transformational value for their organizations across any line of business.

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Michelle Lazzar

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