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Sean O’Dowd
Global Financial Services Director, MapR

Sean O’Dowd is the Global Financial Services Director at MapR. In this role, Sean focuses on industry strategy and working with financial services firms to advance big data projects. He has spent over 15 years focus on financial services and capital markets.

He comes to MapR after several years with Teradata as their Capital Markets Director, driving analytic strategies with financial clients. Prior to, Sean was IDC Financial Insights' Director of Global Securities and Investment Management Service responsible for research, consulting and forecasts on the securities and investment management sector. His coverage spanned financials, market structure, regulations and technologies that impact the business models and strategies of financial markets firms (buy-side, sell-side, wealth management, custody, exchanges, and retail brokers).

This was following almost ten years in consulting and research analyst positions within the investment management industry. His experience is in investment research and management, securities valuation and portfolio analysis at his past firms JTC LLC, Ashton Partners and State Street.

Mr. O'Dowd is a quoted source in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Institutional Investor, Wall Street Letter, Traders Magazine and Wall Street & Technology among others.

Follow, connect and read more from Sean O'Dowd at http://about.me/seanodowd

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Posted on January 12, 2017 by Sean O’Dowd

In the past year, the big data pendulum for financial services has officially swung from passing fad or experiment to large deployments. That puts a somewhat different slant on big data trends when compared to 2016 trends. The question of big data hype versus reality has finally been put to rest for banks.

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Sean O’Dowd

The last decade has ushered in a perfect storm of disruption for the financial services sector – arguably the most data-intensive sector of the global economy. As a result, companies in this sector are caught in a vice.

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Sean O’Dowd

We are honored to announce that MapR was named one of the Top 10 Banking Analytics Solution Providers for 2016 by Banking CIO Outlook magazine.

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Sean O’Dowd

2015 was a groundbreaking year for banking and financial markets firms, as they continue to learn how big data can help transform their processes and organizations. Now, with an eye towards what lies ahead for 2016, we see that financial services organizations are still at various stages of their activity with big data in terms of how they’re changing their environments to leverage the benefits it can offer. Banks are continuing to make progress on drafting big data strategies, onboarding providers and executing against initial and subsequent use cases. 

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