Omer Trajman, Co-Founder and CEO
Omer Trajman is a proponent of total operational visibility as the cornerstone of digital transformation, inspiring CIOs to realize new ways of delivering value to their organizations. He has led teams responsible for some of today's largest modern data management deployments, and worked with customers and partners to identify where Big Data technology solutions address business needs and drive Digital Transformation. His fifteen years of front-line business and technical experience guide his vision as CEO of Rocana.
Omer's previous experience includes responsibilities as Vice President of Technology Solutions at Cloudera, focusing on technology strategy and communication. Prior to this role, Omer served as Vice President of Customer Solutions at Cloudera, which included responsibility for Cloudera University, Cloudera's Architectural Services and Cloudera's Partner Engineering team. Before joining Cloudera, Omer was responsible for the Cloud Computing, Hadoop and Virtualization initiatives at Vertica. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Tufts University and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University reading in Computation and Electrical Engineering with a focus on large scale distributed systems.
Don Brown, Co-Founder and CIO
Don innately understands what it takes to make customers successful. As Director of Architectural Services at Cloudera, Don worked as an advisor for many Fortune 100 companies, assisting in both strategic and tactical aspects of their Big Data deployments. He lead the global post-sales team during Cloudera’s expansion from early Hadoop adopters to mainstream mission critical deployments.
Before assuming the leadership position at Cloudera, Don worked as a Principal Solution Architect, working on dozens of the earliest and largest Hadoop implementations in the world. Don started his career in the data center as the Principal Infrastructure and Security Architect at CompuCredit after working as an intern at IBM doing encryption research to Lead Software Architect at a mobile development company. Don studied Political Science and Statistics at James Madison University.
Eric Sammer, Co-Founder and CTO
Eric Sammer is passionate about challenging assumptions and showing large, complex enterprises new ways to solve large, complex IT infrastructure challenges. He is deeply entrenched in the open source community and has an ambition for solving difficult scaling and processing problems. Eric has developed many of the best practices for developing large, distributed, data processing infrastructure required to achieve Digital Transformation, steering Rocana's product development and company direction as CTO.
Eric most recently served as an Engineering Manager at Cloudera where he was responsible for working with hundreds of partners to develop robust solutions and integrate them tightly with Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub. Prior to Cloudera, Eric served as a Senior Engineer and Architect at several large scale data-driven organizations, including Experian and Conductor. He is the author of Hadoop Operations published by O'Reilly Media, and speaks frequently on technology and techniques for large scale data processing, integration, and system management.
Steve Wietrecki, COO
Steve Wietrecki is a champion in leading companies to new growth and on-target successes, reinforced with experience that runs the gamut from innovative startups to multinational public companies. His deep expertise in launching and building companies helps Rocana navigate through the future of a rapidly changing and constantly evolving market.
Steve is a veteran in raising capital, negotiating and closing deals, leading and developing effective teams, designing business processes and spearheading foreign expansion. He provides the essential strategic foundation for leveraging information technology to its fullest potential in each unique situation. Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University and his Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Marc Degenkolb, VP of Worldwide Field Sales
Marc Degenkolb is an expert in the monitoring and performance management space, and believes organizations can and must do more to connect IT metrics to business results. With more than 16 years of experience helping organizations ensure the performance and availability of their mission critical systems, he brings a unique approach and white glove ethos to his current role as Vice President of Worldwide Field Sales where he advises large enterprises on their Digital Transformation strategies.
Prior to joining Rocana, Marc served at CA Technologies where he managed teams starting from a single product line in the Southeast and growing to encompass all things Monitoring across North America. He is deeply involved in mentoring future business leaders and fostering entrepreneurship skills with local high school students. Marc holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University.
Board Of Directors
General Catalyst Partners
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and growth equity investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies that transform industries, including KAYAK, Demandware, Stripe, Airbnb, The Honest Company, Warby Parker, Datalogix, BigCommerce, Snapchat, HubSpot, and Datto. The General Catalyst partnership leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA, and New York City. For more information, visit www.generalcatalyst.com or www.twitter.com/gcvp.
Google Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of Google Inc. and provides seed, venture, and growth stage funding to technology companies. The firm operates independently from Google and makes financially driven investment decisions. Google Ventures seeks to invest in startup companies in a variety of fields ranging from Internet, software and hardware for cleantech, biotech, and healthcare.
Toba Capital is a venture firm focused on enterprise software and infrastructure. Toba backs entrepreneurs building transformative businesses, both as an investor and as an ongoing operational partner. The firm was founded by Vinny Smith, the founder of Patrol Software and Quest Software. Quest was acquired by Dell in 2012 for $2.4 billion.
As Vice President of Cloud Platforms at Google, Brian Stevens is bringing Google’s Compute Engine (GCE) to the forefront of the enterprise cloud. Formerly the Red Hat EVP & CTO, Brian Stevens was responsible for providing vision and leadership for Red Hat’s technology strategy globally, encompassing Linux, virtualization, middleware, storage, big data, and cloud computing. Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. During his 14 years at Digital he became a senior member of technical staff and was responsible for the architecture and development of the UNIX and clustering product lines. He currently serves on the boards of DataGravity and Pentaho.
Paul is vice chairman of Akamai Technologies, which he joined as chief operating officer and employee #15 in 1998, and served as CEO for eight years until 2013. Paul also is a director of three other public companies, EMC, VMware and iRobot, and he serves as non-executive chairman of Datto and L2, two privately-held General Catalyst portfolio companies. Previously, Paul served as a director of Dow Jones & Company, Digitas and Maven Networks before they were acquired.
- Rocana has built a platform that can handle very large volumes of operations data, a capability that sets it apart from competitors and should appeal to large enterprises… In delivering automation capabilities relatively early compared with rivals, Rocana can lead the way in demonstrating how automation can improve performance for businesses.
- Today’s CIOs and IT leaders are increasingly responsible for driving business outcomes in a world of ever increasing data volumes and data sources. Rocana was selected for the Ventana Research Technology Innovation Award for its innovative approach to achieve total visibility across IT and business data, using big data and advanced analytics to help IT teams identify anomalies, improve customer experience, and increase security and compliance.
- Companies that adopt modern infrastructures are learning that their IT operations generate huge amounts of potentially valuable data. But many traditional IT tools aren’t able to effectively scale so that businesses can efficiently retain and analyze that information. The result is a missed opportunity for enterprises to glean important business and IT insight from their operational data.
- Wikibon research shows that IT organizations routinely fall into the trap of relying on automation tied to specific products, each in control of its own data, which can severely limit operational visibility. It's time for companies to adopt approaches that increase business opportunities by applying operational data across platforms to multiple classes of hard problems.
- Operational visibility is a tricky business. Having that level of data oversight really can make a difference in how IT can contribute to the top line. Contributing to the business – rather than just supporting the business – should be the goal of IT in terms of relevance in today's environment.
- With rising complexity you need to make sense of data - operational analytics is the key.
- IT analytics lets you manage this complexity by turning Big Data inward.
- As scale and complexity increase with companies moving to the cloud, to microservice architectures, and to transient containers, monitoring needs to go back to school for its Ph.D. to cope with this new generation of IT.
- An application that makes it easier to keep data centers up and running could become the 'killer app' for Hadoop because as companies become more dependent on large-scale customer-facing apps, it’s critical that they be reliable and scale predictably.
- The operational data explosion has sparked a sudden and significant increase in demand for IT operations analytics (ITOA) systems.