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Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items such as people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz. Our intent is to provide our readers a one-stop source of late-breaking news to help keep you abreast of this fast-paced ecosystem. We’re working hard on your behalf with our extensive vendor network to give you all the latest happenings. Heard of something yourself? Tell us! Just e-mail me at: [email protected] Be sure to Tweet Above the Trend Line articles using the hashtag: #abovethetrendline.

The year in big data is starting off with a bang! We here at insideBIGDATA are hot on the track of all the latest industry buzz. Let’s start with new financial results … Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) announced selected preliminary 2016 financial results. The 2016 anticipated results presented in this release are based on preliminary financial data and are subject to change until the year-end financial reporting process is complete. Based on preliminary results, total revenue for 2016 is expected to be about $630 million, in the range of the previously provided guidance, and the company expects to be profitable on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for 2016. As of December 31, 2016, cash and investments are expected to total about $225 million. For 2017, while a wide range of results remains possible, the company currently believes it will be difficult to grow over 2016.

In the people movement category we’ll start with Interana, a leader in behavioral analytics for the digital economy, announcing Aditya Vempaty has joined as Vice President of Marketing. With more than a decade of engineering, marketing and sales experience in enterprise tech, big data and analytics, Vempaty will play a major role in expanding awareness of Interana and the value behavioral analytics brings to digital businesses. Building on eight consecutive quarters of revenue growth, he will lead the expansion of marketing and communications initiatives for the company … Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) announced the appointment of Stathis Papaefstathiou to the position of senior vice president of research and development. Papaefstathiou will be responsible for leading the software and hardware engineering efforts for all of Cray’s research and development projects. With more than 30 years of high tech experience, Papaefstathiou has held senior-level positions at Aerohive Networks, F5 Networks, and Microsoft. In his most recent position at Aerohive, Papaefstathiou was the senior vice president of engineering and led product development across the company’s entire product portfolio, including network hardware, embedded operating systems, cloud-enabled network management solutions, big data analytics, and DevOps.

Prior to Aerohive, Papaefstathiou served as vice president of product development at F5 Networks and was responsible for defining the strategies for dynamic data centers, cloud, and virtualization. Previously, Papaefstathiou held several technical and senior management positions at Microsoft in high performance computing, distributed operating systems, data center automation, as well as in Microsoft Research. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom … Kespry, a leading aerial intelligence platform provider, announced that industry leader, George Mathew has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman. He was most recently president and chief operating officer of self-service analytics software provider Alteryx. With 20 years of experience at growth-oriented technology startups as well as category leading software providers such as salesforce.com and SAP, Mathew has held a wide range of senior leadership positions, from driving company strategy to leading product management, development, sales and marketing teams.

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