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Episode 153: Cloudera in Asia & the 4th Industrial Revolution with Amr Awadallah

Amr Awadallah, the chief technology & co-founder of Cloudera joined us in a conversation on the data and analytics platform’s footprint in Asia. We began with his story from how he moved from Cairo, Egypt to Silicon Valley in the US, and how he eventually become the founding team of Cloudera. We discussed the interesting use cases for Cloudera to traditional businesses globally and across Asia and the best practices and tips in how large organisations should look out when they start with their big data and analytics effort. Last but not least, we have a deeper conversation on the implications of the fourth industrial revolution with artificial intelligence and automation of jobs.

Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer and co-founder of Cloudera (@awadallah, LinkedIn) [0:38]
    • What brings Amr here to Singapore? [1:01]
    • How did you start your career? [1:16]
    • From your experiences as an entrepreneur, an angel investor and corporate leader across Yahoo!, Accel Partners, Cloudera and many others, what are the interesting career lessons you can share? [2:27]
    • How did you end up building Cloudera as a co-founder and subsequently as the CTO? [3:05]
  • Cloudera [5:46]
    • Can you briefly introduce Cloudera, the vision, mission and focus of the company? [5:46]
    • As the CTO and co-founder of Cloudera, what is your role and coverage there? [8:23] 
    • How does Cloudera as a modern platform for data and analytics help traditional companies out there to achieve their purposes? [9:45]
    • What are the interesting case studies which you have seen the implementation through the Cloudera platform in Asia? [13:11]
      • Telkomsel in Indonesia
    • How does Cloudera distinguish itself from the other platforms in the data and analytics space? [15:19]
    • What are the best practices & tips for large organizations to look out for before they start on big data? [17:11] 
    • Reversing the question, what are the potential pitfalls and mistakes that any company should avoid when leveraging on big data? [18:23]
    • As cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important, how does organizations derive maximum value from their data while ensuring that they are protected against risks? [19:12]
  • Opportunities & Challenges in the fourth industrial revolution [21:49]
    • How do you describe the fourth industrial revolution? [22:09]
    • What are the features or properties for this industrial revolution different from the machine age? [22:54]
    • What are the key challenges and opportunities for businesses today in this fourth industrial revolution? [24:09]
    • What’s the world beyond big data and analytics? Where will things be at least in the next year 2017? [24:50]

Podcast Information:

The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bleongcw) and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk on Indiegogo (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Also check out Ideal Workspace’s new standing desk, Altizen and sign up for their mailing list. Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, “The Beginning” from Red Cliff Soundtrack. 

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