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The Top 25 Innovators Of 2014

As part of our ranking of the Top 100 Of 2014, CRN recognizes the 25 innovators who are setting the technology course.

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1. Tom Reilly



If you want to make big data profitable, you need an innovative CEO that can connect the dots between business potential and practice. Tom Reilly, CEO of Hadoop-based software and training firm Cloudera, is credited for his innovative approach in using Hadoop software as a tool to house unstructured data and spin it into gold. With two blockbuster partnerships with Accenture and Intel, he set out to take Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cloudera to the next level. Ask any partner and you'll get an earful of praise for the maverick Reilly's spirit and foresight to drive enterprise-class analytics solutions. Reilly also is credited with setting Cloudera's table for future success as part of a $740 million investment by Intel to make future processors designed specifically for analytic workloads running Hadoop software. Thanks to Reilly's innovative charge, he been able to turn Cloudera from a fast-growing big data software startup into a really big deal.

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