PROVE IT !!If you know it then PROVE IT !! Skill Proficiency Test


Early last year we announced the Hortonworks Data Heroes initiative. It’s our way of recognizing the Data Visionaries, Data Scientists, and Data Architects transforming their businesses and organizations through Big Data.

Hortonworks has over 1,300 total customers spanning every industry, each with a unique Big Data journey. Our Data Heroes program lets us highlight a few customers who are helping create radical change in their industries.


  • Data Visionary:  who recognizes the potential of Big Data to transform their organization, and leads the business to turn that vision into reality. Winners will show tangible business outcomes that they lead, such as new revenue streams or improvements to customer satisfaction.
  • A Data Scientistwho studies the data, tests and re-tests hypotheses, and creates modern data applications that deliver insights to the organization’s business and its customers. Winners will show how they improved analytics, delivered actionable intelligence, or designed systems for distributed deep learning and artificial intelligence.
  • A Data Architect: who seamlessly and creatively integrates Connected Data Platforms into their organizations infrastructure. Winners will show how their organization optimized their Enterprise Data Warehouse or derived more value from existing IT systems by adding Hortonworks Data either in the data center or in the cloud.
  • HCC Community Champion: who is instrumental in contributing to the community, sharing their expertise and best practices as an organization, and to help other customer and Hortonworks be successful.  Winner will show how they are champions in the wider community like Hortonworks Community Connection and participate in customer-led meetups.

Introducing Our Nominees

Data Visionary Nominees:

Telefonica O2 – Its Financial Data Hub went live in August 2017 and has ensured that O2 meets its compliance obligations as well as having a hybrid big data architecture built for the future.

Societe Generale – Societe Generale utilizes Hortonworks HDP and HDF to analyze billions of data points in hours for authentic regulatory reporting and assessing risk positions.

Standard Bank – The bank has several multi-node clusters hosting HDP and HDF, implementing security, governance and multi-tenancy on a data lake within the finance industry.


Data Scientist Nominees:

Quanam (Genlives) – Uses HDP to develop a tool that assists in the clinical classification of genomic variants. This helps in the determination of clinical significance using machine learning approaches and Natural Language Processing tools.

Standard Bank

Munich RE – The company’s data lake is based on HDP, which is key to its digitalization strategy. It connects global users and brings data into one place where it’s easy to consume.

Data Architect Nominees:

QSight IT – Implemented HDP as its Big Data platform, and Apache Metron for an additional layer of cybersecurity. The company is leveraging data to get a clearer view on the impact of security threats to mitigate risks.

Munich RE

SEB – Utilizes HDP for streaming and gaining insight. Establishing a foundation around infrastructure and new ways of solving tomorrow challenges, in the data space, with replication of the data center.

HCC Community Champion

All three nominees have been instrumental in contributing to the community, sharing their expertise and best practices as an organization to help other customers.


Stay tuned to find out who the winners will be! Learn more about the Data Heroes program.

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