Applying Data Science to Change Lives

Categories: Data Science Machine Learning

My leadership experience has taught me many things so far; humility, patience, discipline, respect, and inclusion. All these qualities are applicable in martial arts, one of my many passions outside of work. I have also seen some of my early mentors integrate these values into the DNA of their teams and today, I aspire to do the same for the teams I lead in Cloudera.

I joined Cloudera seven months ago and it has been an amazing journey so far. What stands out is how passionate Cloudera is about affecting real change in the world we live in today.

Having been in this industry for 24 years, I have witnessed firsthand how technology wields the power to dramatically transform society, be it through creating new ways of human connection and collaboration or through the use of artificial intelligence to ease the resource strain that nearly every organization faces today. Data is now the world’s most valuable resource. When combined with analytics, data can create possibilities that are simply endless.

Cloudera recognizes this and I am fortunate to be able to draw inspiration from disrupters who leverage open source technology to tackle the most challenging problems. At Cloudera, we are committed to making a positive impact on society and leveraging data for good.

Through Cloudera Cares, Cloudera’s employee-led philanthropic arm, we have contributed over 4,000 employee-hours globally and partnered with over 20 non-profit organizations. An example is DataKind, a non-profit that brings together pro bono data scientists to help mission-driven organizations that are usually lean on professional resources. With Cloudera’s support, they can engage even more volunteers and organizations to deliver results through high-impact projects. Our enterprise data hub platform is also being used by Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children and has already helped bring over 2,000 sex traffickers to justice.

Machine learning and advanced analytics are also commonly applied in the healthcare and life sciences industry to predict and mitigate epidemics. Health organizations like Cerner can stream real-time data from electronic health records to get a comprehensive view of population health. These insights can then be used to fight viruses like Zika, Ebola, sepsis and even cancer. We also work with pediatric healthcare hospitals, such as National Children’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to improve the quality of care delivered to children and premature babies through applied data analysis.

Finally, we are continuing to up the ante on our commitment to do good with Cloudera Foundation, a newly launched initiative to drive Cloudera’s philanthropic work on a global scale. This sets the tone for bigger things to come and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together as a company.

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