Jim Scott View Bio
Allen Day View Bio
Jim drives enterprise architecture and strategy at MapR. Jim Scott is the cofounder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group. As cofounder, Jim helped build the Hadoop community in Chicago for the past four years. He has implemented Hadoop at three different companies, supporting a variety of enterprise use cases from managing Points of Interest for mapping applications, to Online Transactional Processing in advertising, as well as full data center monitoring and general data processing. Prior to MapR, Jim was SVP of Information Technology and Operations at SPINS, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics reporting and consulting services for the Natural, Organic and Specialty Products industry. Additionally, he served as Lead Engineer/Architect for dotomi, one of the world’s largest and most diversified digital marketing companies. Prior to dotomi, Jim held several architect positions with companies such as aircell, NAVTEQ, Classified Ventures, Innobean, Imagitek, and Dow Chemical, where his work with high-throughput computing was a precursor to more standardized big data concepts like Hadoop.
Allen is the Principal Data Scientist at MapR Technologies, where he leads interdisciplinary teams to deliver results in fast-paced, high-pressure environments across several verticals in industry. Previously, Allen founded TinyTube Networks which provided the first mobile video discovery and transcoding proxy service, and Ion Flux which provided a medical-grade, cloud-based human genome sequencing service.
Allen has contributed to a wide variety of open source projects: R (CRAN, Bioconductor), Perl (CPAN, BioPerl), FFmpeg, Cascading, Apache HBase, Apache Storm, and Apache Mahout. Overall, his unique background combines deep technical expertise in data science with a pragmatic understanding of real-world problems. He also pursues interests in linguistics and economics, and — if it hadn’t been obvious — he performs magic.