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The Battle of Distributed Databases - Data Modeling in the Enterprise Ecosystem

We as engineers have decades of institutionalized knowledge about RDBMS.  The Hadoop Ecosystem is struggling to meet developers in the middle for big data platforms.  What challenges face the NoSQL community in enterprise adoption?



Casey Rosenthal, Basho Technologies -Director of Professional Services at Basho

Casey Rosenthal is currently Director of Professional Services at Basho, where he installs and tests Riak clusters and provides training to clients so that they can do the same. As Chief Software Engineer for Port Forty Nine, Casey worked for NASA, Caltech, and JPL to engineer systems for storing and disseminating the image archives of space telescopes such as Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra, etc. He came in 4th place at the BotPrize 2K competition in Copenhagen for Discordia, a software bot written in Ruby that plays Unreal Tournament like a human based on a new artificial intelligence algorithm. He published a paper on that algorithm and spoke about it at GoRuCo '11.


 Jake Luciani, Apache Project Management Committee for Cassandra & Thrift

Jake will be representing Apache Cassandra for this panel discussion. 

Jake currently works in finance in NYC. Follow me on twitter - @tjake


Scott Hernandez, Engineer at MongoDB

Scott is a Kernel engineer at MongoDB and has been working at MongoDB for over 3 years. 


Ben Engber, CEO & Founder of Thumbtack Technology 

Ben has made a career around building highly reliable internet-scale applications. Prior to founding Thumbtack in 2003 he was VP of Operations Technology at, where he built the back-office and e-commerce architectures needed to support millions of digital and physical transactions per day. During his tenure he became acutely aware of the need for outsourced labor that could both understand core business concerns and drive high-quality and robust software infrastructure projects. His inability to find such a partner led him to establish Thumbtack. Ben holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a MBA from Boston University.

Thumbtack Technology is a leading software development services firm, specializing in building and integrating scalable applications and systems for Fortune 500 clients and startups. With a core specialty in cloud architectures and non-traditional storage platforms, Thumbtack provides application development, data analytics, and performance optimization solutions for companies looking to extend their platforms to scale Internet demands.

Thumbtack offers a variety of engineering services, with statisticians on staff to assist with Big Data Analytics and machine learning problems. We also offer strategic advisory services on how to design applications to be horizontally scalable and fault tolerant for best use of cloud environments.


Open up to a panel Q&A discussion. 

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James Kissell, Organizer at New York Software Engineers


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    March 26, 2014

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