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Bringing Video Game Super Powers To Life with Hadoop BI

Barry Livingston (Riot Games), Ben Werther (Platfora)
Hadoop in Action Sutton Center - Sutton South
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Riot Games is 100% focused on the gamer experience. They have built the most played video game in the world – League of Legends – and they need to constantly monitor, develop, and update their games to keep gamers engaged. Riot Games is constantly seeking out the most cutting edge data technology to put to work in their business. The company turned to Hadoop to store the massive amount of data they needed to collect because of the scalability it promised. However, they learned early on that it was extremely difficult to extract and explore that data in order to make real time adjustments to the game.

With Platfora, Riot Games is now building a “Data Collection Pipeline” to enable both their game developers and more business focused analysts the ability to examine gaming logs that contain player behavior and game functionality. They are then automatically able to adjust the gaming experience and visualize changes in player behavior immediately. Together Riot Games’ Technical Director, Barry Livingston and Platfora’s CEO Ben Werther will discuss various data architecture and BI approaches needed to access, explore and realize value from all their data in Hadoop.

Barry Livingston

Riot Games

Barry Livingston has a long, grizzled history with scalable, back-end service development. A foundational member of Riot Games’ “Platform” engineering team, Barry co-architected and led the implementation of much of the online service structure that powers League of Legends’ 32 million monthly active users today. He is also the only “ginger” known to have survived the initial League of Legends launch. In addition to serving as the Director of Engineering for Riot’s Big Data group, Barry is working on a recently declassified project with the US government aimed at officially determining how many yordles are killed in action during a typical day on the Fields of Justice.

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Ben Werther

Platfora

Ben Werther is the Founder & CEO of Platfora. He founded the company in 2011 to realize his vision of how Hadoop and Big Data Analytics will transform the way every business user uses data and move beyond the fiction, feeling and faith that underlies most business decisions.

Under Werther’s direction, Platfora has grown from an idea sketched on a napkin to one of the hottest enterprise startups in Silicon Valley and a leader of the Big Data Analytics category. Platfora’s mission is to empower customers to leverage Big Data Analytics to transform their businesses into Fact-Based Enterprises. Designed for business users, the company’s product is the first visual self-service platform for interactively and iteratively interrogating enormous amounts of data, and masking the complexity of Hadoop, to connect behavior, actions and results across multiple domains of data.

Werther has had an extensive track-record as a product visionary and strategic leader. Prior to Platfora, he was Vice President of Products for DataStax, where he shaped the company’s early enterprise and Hadoop strategy. Prior to DataStax, he was the head of product at Greenplum (through the EMC acquisition), and ran product strategy and product marketing for the company.

Werther is an industry leader and a frequent speaker on big data and Enterprise Software topics. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Monash University (Australia) and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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11/03/2013 7:32am EST

Werthers rude BI=BS statement in his keynote turned me off so much I did not attend this session. 20+ years of great BI success exists and is well documented by Gartner, Davenport, and others. BI is NOT BS. Werther = BS. Most of what Platfora does is what BI has done for years. Get your story straight Werther—there are better ways to promote your product than bad mouthing 20+ years of success by BI/DW vendors.

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