Databricks Appoints Public Sector Leader to Meet Demand for Unified Analytics

Kevin Davis to expand customer base within the industry, including Government agencies, in reaction to need for more secure, cloud-based data analytics

San Francisco — Feb. 20, 2019 – Databricks, the leader in Unified Analytics and founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, today announced the key addition of Kevin Davis as vice president of Public Sector to meet the demand for Databricks’ Unified Analytics Platform. In the past year alone, Databricks saw its federal customer base grow exponentially due to agencies migrating huge amounts of sensitive data to the cloud.

In his new role, Davis will be responsible for further expanding strategic alliances and scaling the company’s customer base within the public sector. Davis has more than 25 years of sales and management experience across public sector. Most recently, he held a similar position at Splunk, where he helped create the company’s first Public Sector team, which he led for four years, driving, on average, 40 percent year-over-year growth. Prior to Splunk, Davis spent nine years at Oracle as area vice president where he ran the Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Sales business unit.

“Kevin will play a critical role in driving further growth with government agencies – a market that is ripe for transformation. Big data analytics is quickly impacting the sector – it is key to improving public services and cybersecurity measures,” said Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks. “Kevin’s vast experience, combined with our Unified Analytics Platform, will further enable firms within the public sector to overcome innate challenges that exist with data silos and compliance mandates, and simplify the data science process along the way.”

Davis will be focused on making government agencies successful with Artificial Intelligence (AI) by combining data and machine learning silos in one unified platform. A key component in Databricks’ Unified Analytics Platform, Databricks Delta, enables organizations and agencies to blend real-time streaming and batch data reliably and at massive scale. By leveraging large amounts of reliable data, agencies are better positioned to improve public services, including improved disaster recovery, city planning, transportation and more.

“Databricks is a true leader in the data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning spaces. This rapidly growing team has huge potential, and I’m thrilled to be joining at both such an exciting stage in the company’s evolution as well as a pivotal period for the industry,” Davis said. “The strides made by Databricks within the public sector and the rate at which federal agencies are moving to the cloud are monumental. The mission of the government has always been to ensure security for the people, and I look forward to helping them achieve that mission with Databricks’ Unified Analytics Platform.”

Databricks will host a ½ day workshop that uncovers the challenges of big data and best practices in the cloud to simplify and scale data analytics efforts. Learn more information about the “Federal Data + ML Technical Seminar” taking place March 1 in Reston, Va.

For more information on Databricks and the Unified Analytics Platform that is helping federal agencies move to the cloud, visit: https://databricks.com/solutions/industries/federal-government

About Databricks
Databricks’ mission is to accelerate innovation for its customers by unifying Data Science, Engineering and Business. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, Databricks provides a Unified Analytics Platform for data science teams to collaborate with data engineering and lines of business to build data products. Users achieve faster time-to-value with Databricks by creating analytic workflows that go from ETL and interactive exploration to production. The company also makes it easier for its users to focus on their data by providing a fully managed, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that reduces operational complexity and total cost of ownership. Databricks, venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue Management, Microsoft, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Battery Ventures, Green Bay Ventures, and Geodesic, among others, has a global customer base that includes Viacom, Shell and HP.

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