Cloudera opens for business in Middle East

Analytics platform company opens office, seeks partners in the region

Tags: Big dataCloudera Inc (www.cloudera.com)United Arab Emirates
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Cloudera opens for business in Middle East Cloudera will help customers to access the opportunities of big data, says Awadallah.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 3, 2016

Analytics platform company Cloudera has formally opened for business in the Middle East.

The company, which offers data management and analytics platform based on Apache Hadoop, has opened an office in Dubai and hosted its first Cloudera Sessions conference in the city.

"Companies are realizing that understanding, analysing and utilising big data isn't a passing fad. It's a matter of survival. There's been an absolute explosion in the rate of data creation. 90% of all data in existence has been created in the past two years, and only 0.5% of it has currently been analysed. For businesses, big data is a very exciting opportunity to gain customer insight to drive new revenue streams," said Cloudera co-founder and chief technology officer, Dr Amr Awadallah.

Cloudera, which helps enterprises around the world solve their most challenging business problems with data, is planning to expand its global 2,500 strong partner ecosystem to include companies in the UAE and region-wide.

"We are very excited about serving enterprise customers in the Middle East with the big data management technologies that enable incisive analysis and better decision-making. The UAE has always been the pace setter for innovation region-wide, and we are delighted to be part of a market that is prioritising innovation and beginning to recognise the power of big data," said Cloudera vice president of EMEA David Pieterse.

Big data capabilities are crucial to Dubai's transformation towards a smart city, with analytical data management platforms such as Cloudera's helping turn vast amounts of data into insights and intelligent real-time management.

"We're seeing cities like Dubai rise to the challenge of population growth and sustainable development by becoming smart cities. This new wave of smart cities across the Middle East needs a way to gather and store essential data, and then choose the right platform to turn this data into actionable insight. Cloudera's expertise is going to prove invaluable in that area," Pieterse added.

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