Whew! Another whirlwind week at Strata Data New York. It is always a great opportunity to hear from a wide range of organizations about how they’re using data to make a difference to their customers, organizations and to society in general. The Cloudera Customer Advocacy team packed a lot in during the week–from holding our Executive/Customer Advisory Board to interviewing Cloudera customers for success stories. But the highlight of Strata is always the Data Impact Awards celebration–which honors the achievements of organizations using Cloudera for business, technical and societal innovation.
In its fifth year, the Data Impact Awards program has truly globalized. This year’s finalists hail from around the world—the US, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. Last year we had a winner from Africa, and I’ll be pushing our South America team for nominees next year. I have an insider’s view that Brazil’s Cartao Elo was just percentage points outside the judges’ Finalist cutoff this year!
One of the standout nominees was Air New Zealand, honored for using its data to better manage airport take-off and landing times. Deutsche Telekom showed results on both the customer side – reducing customer churn by 5-10% – and on the risk side – reducing revenue losses from fraud by 10-20%. You can read more details on all the winners in our press release as well as see all the finalists here.
Cloudera has put an emphasis on serving the largest 8,000 organizations in the world, and this year’s nominees reflect that. Many of these customers represent brands that we all know. And they’re solving problems that often affect our daily lives–improving healthcare delivery, reducing insurance costs, expanding mobile services, and more. Fortune 500 financial services, telecommunications, and life sciences organizations led the winner board, which is not surprising given the data complexity and volume in these spaces.
Congratulations to all the winners and to the finalists as well! And thank you and congratulations to all nominees and nominators—some categories had as many as 35 nominees, so there were some pretty amazing successes that didn’t crack the top five to be a finalist.
These use cases continue to inspire!