Prat is a successful big data entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience inventing next-generation technology products and building strong teams in the technology sector. As senior vice president of strategy, products and marketing at IBM Netezza, he led a worldwide 400-person team that launched the latest Netezza data warehouse appliance, which became a market leader in price and performance, as well as IBM’s first big data appliance. Following Netezza’s sale to IBM for $1.7 billion in 2010, Prat drove the company’s growth strategy and was the force behind its thought leadership in appliances and analytics.
Prat has enjoyed success as a serial entrepreneur and strategic leader for various data-intensive analytics products. He was the founder and CEO of Tizor, a Netezza- acquired startup that provided behavioral auditing and analytics for data compliance, and StreamCenter, a startup that pioneered real-time data mining of large-scale Internet congestion data for video delivery. Prat started his career at Bell Labs, holds several patents and received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Prat was also recently President of TIE Boston, a non-profit where he led a group of over 150 successful entrepreneurs to mentor, invest in and accelerate Boston-based startups.
“Enterprise big data now demands extreme agility and simplicity.”
Jit Saxena has a long and successful career of entrepreneurship and business leadership in growing new global industries.
As founder, chairman, and CEO of Netezza, the leading provider of data analytics and monitoring appliances, Saxena led its initial public offering and its acquisition by IBM for $1.7 billion in 2010. Saxena also founded and led Applix, a leader in analytical CRM software, which he took public in 1994.
“Enterprises need to process larger volumes of data, by more users, in real time.”
Jim Baum has a long track record of executive management in high growth, innovative technology startups.
Serving as CEO of Netezza, Baum led Netezza’s IPO, followed by 14 quarters of growth as a public company, and ultimately driving its sale to IBM. Previously, Baum was president and later CEO of Endeca, a data-management software company acquired by Oracle.
Dan Hayes brings over 25 years of financial and operational expertise to Cazena. Prior to Cazena, Dan held several CFO and finance positions at start-up, public and multi-national companies located in Massachusetts' technology corridor. Dan was CFO at Astral Point Communications where he managed finance, legal, investor relations, human resources, and corporate recruiting functions, culminating in the company's acquisition by Alcatel, where Dan then held the position of VP of Finance.
Dan also served as CFO at Bluesocket (acquired by Adtran), Seranoa Networks (acquired by White Rock Networks), National Sensor Systems (acquired by BAE Systems), and others. Dan was also a senior financial manager at Open Market, and e-commerce pioneer, where he was instrumental in leading the company through its very successful Initial Public Offering. Dan began his financial career at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen where he was an audit manager in their high technology practice. Dan is a CPA, a member of the AICPA, and holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Northeastern University.
Sam brings over 25 years of sales and field operations experience. Prior to joining Cazena, Sam worked as Vice President of Field Operations at SnapLogic, where he led the company’s North America East Region. Previously, he held senior management positions at VoltDB and Nexaweb Technologies, and senior sales roles at Ascential Software and SAP. In his career, Sam has worked with companies to solve enterprise integration challenges surrounding business integration, Big Data and Analytics, and SaaS and Cloud computing. Sam earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Hannah leads Cazena’s marketing, communications and analyst relations programs. She brings to the team significant experience, market knowledge and a palpable enthusiasm for sharing Cazena’s unique vision for Big Data as a Service. Prior to Cazena, Hannah held strategic product and marketing leadership roles for several big data software vendors, including Paraccel, Pivotal and Treasure Data. Hannah spent almost a decade as technology journalist and editorial director for TechTarget’s Business Analytics and Applications group, managing a large team of reporters and editors to produce news and features content for several IT media sites with millions of monthly readers. She’s interviewed hundreds of data professionals, written countless articles and blogs, led research programs and participated in many industry events as a speaker and moderator, giving her unparalleled insight to this rapidly-changing market. Hear Hannah’s perspective on the Cazena vision.
Brian Lachance is Cazena’s Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for the oversight, development and execution of internal security programs, as well as the design and execution of all security aspects of Cazena’s fully-managed Big Data as a Service. His notable experience spans large enterprises to small startups, with special focus on strategy and adoption of security architecture frameworks. Brian’s past leadership roles include Senior DevOps manager at IBM, responsible for the design and implementation of all data warehouse security operations and standards. He was Vice President of IT at Netezza, where he drove a comprehensive strategy that helped the organization scale rapidly. Brian served in the U.S Air Force in 341st Strategic Missile Wing in support of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southern New Hampshire University.
John Piekos leads Cazena's engineering organization in developing intelligent, automated big data as a service technologies. He has over 30 years of experience leading teams and building software, delivering both enterprise and cloud-based solutions. John has held technical leadership positions at several companies, most recently at VoltDB. As VP of Engineering and Chief Security Officer, he was responsible for product development, security, QA, documentation, customer support and success. Previously, at Progress Software he led the OpenEdge database, ObjectStore database and Orbix product lines. John was also vice president of Web Engineering at EasyAsk, and chief architect Novera Software, where he led the effort to build the industry's first Java Application Server. John holds a MS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and BS in Computer Science from the University of Lowell.
Dan Stair is a Principal Engineer with Cazena’s Data Lake team. He has years of experience developing and running high-performance databases and Hadoop clusters. At Cazena, Dan focuses on developing software and processes that make cloud data platform deployments automated, efficient and secure. He also works closely with companies to configure and optimize cloud data environments for unique requirements across a wide variety of industries. Dan brings a diverse background to the role, having previously worked as a senior analyst providing strategic and quantitative insights to healthcare, technology, and finance firms involved in high-stakes litigation. Dan holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, as well as numerous technical and engineering certifications.