Speaker Interview: Alex Gorbachev

Continuing our ad hoc series of Hadoop Summit speaker interviews. This short interview is with Alex Gorbachev, CTO of Pythian. You can register for Hadoop Summit here, and see the detailed schedule here.

HS: Alex, thanks for taking the time to talk about your session at Hadoop Summit.

AG: No problem. I’m really excited to present at Hadoop Summit 2013. I’ve been working with relational databases and presented at conferences for a long time but in the last few getting deeper and deeper in Hadoop and other Big Data technologies. Now I feel like we have something interesting to share with the attendees of Hadoop Summit this year.

HS: Tell us about your session. What is it about? Why does it excite you?

AG: I’ve seen quite a lot of presentations on various Hadoop features and architectures as well as generic sessions on how companies exploit Hadoop to solve various business challenges. However, I’ve seen relatively few sessions about practical Hadoop implementations and I noticed that they are constantly some of the most popular – the audience seems to be hungry for information about real implementations. This is why we decided to present about our internal Hadoop project rather than talking generically about what we do for the clients. Practical application is what excites me most about our session.

Our use case for Hadoop is to process screen capture video stream to perform optical character recognition (OCR) extracting full text from the desktops of our secure vault used to connect to the critical client IT infrastructure. While the privileged access monitoring solution was already very innovative and provided us with great administrative access oversight capabilities, automated analysis of video stream adds completely new dimension into the product – just think about adding facial recognition to the CCTV cameras.

I think it would be interesting for others to learn how we use Hadoop in such scenarios.

HS: What other sessions are you most excited about?

AG: I’m interested specifically in couple tracks of Hadoop Summit –  Enterprise Data Architecture and Reference Architectures – because the sessions in these tracks are most practical. I’m also interested in practical sessions on machine learning and learn more about real-life implementations.

HS: What has changed in the world of Hadoop compared to last year?

AG: I think it’s now clear that Hadoop is here to stay and has become the industry de-facto standard Big Data platform. The platform has matured and I see a lot of appetite from enterprise clients to learn more about Hadoop and how they can leverage it in their organizations.

HS: Thanks! And best of luck with your session.

Alex Gorbachev is the CTO of Pythian leading the office of innovation. Alex has been working in the data industry for 15 years and architected multitude of business critical data-driven solutions. In the last few years, he’s been a frequent presented at dozens of data conference around the world.