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The Winners

Have Been Announced!

Thank you to the judges, participants, attendees and EPIC winners. We can’t wait to see what you do in 2016!



The 8th Annual Teradata EPIC Awards lived up to its EPIC name thanks to a record number of participants and outstanding entries! It was far from an easy task, but our judges combed through all of the groundbreaking submissions and selected the most EPIC of the EPIC. Get inspiration by perusing our Winner’s Gallery, show off your big win by creating your own press release, or let us know what you thought of the awards by using the hashtag #TeradataEPIC along with your own photos across social media.

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EPIC Judges

All Partner submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Teradata judges.

Virginia Backaitis

Virginia Backaitis is an executive recruiter who specializes in the search and placement of big data professionals and consultants. She has provided services around Information Management and Analytics to the world’s largest and edgiest companies for more than 25 years.

She also writes about big data and analytics, primarily for CMSWire and her company’s blog. She has covered Data since before it was called “Big” and Analytics before they were accessible to more than a few professionals in the Enterprise. She’s especially interested in the new possibilities that 3rd- platform technologies bring to the world.

Kim Barrier

Kim Barrier is the Chief Information Officer for Bio-Rad Laboratories, a $2B multi-national manufacturer supplying instrumentation, laboratory apparatus, reagents, test kits and informatics to the Life Science research and Clinical Diagnostics markets. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs over 7,500 people with significant research and manufacturing activities in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the UK.

Ms. Barrier is an Information Technology executive with global experience in IT strategy, application delivery, technical operations, and infrastructure support across multiple businesses and technologies. She has served in IT leadership positions for Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, and Space Systems/Loral. She also served in the United States Army for 10 years as a helicopter and airplane pilot where she commanded two aviation companies. Her assignments have taken her to Germany, Korea, Panama, and Washington D.C. She was selected as the 2012 CIO of the Year – Rising Star by San Francisco Business Times & Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Ms. Barrier is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Strayer College. She serves on the Northern California Girl Scout Board. She enjoys spending time with her family and training for triathlons.

Mung Chiang

Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He is also an affiliated faculty in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and in Computer Science, and served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Electrical Engineering 2009-2014. He received his B.S. (Hons.), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1999, 2000, and 2003, respectively, and was an Assistant Professor 2003-2008, a tenured Associate Professor 2008-2011, and a Professor 2011-2013 at Princeton University. He was a Hertz Fellow in 1999-2003, a H. B. Wentz Junior Faculty at Princeton in 2005, and elected an IEEE Fellow in 2012.

Chiang’s research areas include the Internet, wireless networks, broadband access networks, content distribution networks, network economics, and online social networks, with an emphasis on “layering as decomposition” and network function optimization, Optimization of Networks through Network Utility Maximization (NUM), Smart Data Pricing (SDP), and more recently, Fog Networks/IoT and Social Learning Networks (SLN). His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers, for “fundamental contributions to the analysis, design, and optimization of wireless networks,” which was the fourth Waterman received by Princeton faculty. As the 38th Waterman Awardee, he was the only award recipient from the field of networking. In 2014, he was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow. He also received the 2012 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award “for demonstrating the practicality of a new theoretical foundation for the analysis and design of communication networks”, the INFORMS Information Systems Design Science Award in 2014, a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2007, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005. He was a selected participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2008. His publications received a few paper prizes, including the 2013 IEEE SECON Best Paper Award, the 2012 IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Award, an ISI Citation Fast Breaking Paper in Computer Science in 2006, a Young Researcher Award Runner-Up in Continuous Optimization over 2004-2007, IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award three times and the paper that lead to a Yelp Data Challenge Award in 2014.

Chiang’s education innovations received the 2013 Frederick Emmons Terman Award by the American Society of Engineering Education. He created a new undergraduate course Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes at Princeton University in 2011, which lead to a Massive Open Online Course with over 200,000 students (and a YouTube Channel) in 2012-2014. He wrote the corresponding undergraduate textbook “Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers” in the Just-In-Time style, and received the 2012 PROSE Award in Engineering and Technology by the Association of American Publishers. In February 2013, it became the first Integrated and Individualized Book-App (IIB) that adapted to individual readers. He co-authored the sequel “Networks Illustrated: 8 Principles without Calculus” in 2013, which also comes in modular micro-ebook format. He flipped classroom in 2012 and chaired the Princeton University Committee on Classroom Design. In 2013, he founded the non-profit online education platform “3 Nights and Done” in use by the general public and colleges. He has graduated over 25 Ph.D. students and postdocs, the majority of whom are now faculty in electrical engineering, computer science, or business schools in US, Asia, and Europe.

Chiang’s inventions have resulted in 15 issued patents, a few technology transfers to commercial adoption, and a Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award in 2007. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. The lab is in part supported by an industry consortium of 9 companies, receiving Innovation Awards from Intel, Google, HP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, SES, Vodafone Foundation, and Princeton IP Acceleration Fund. The lab has completed many technology transfers and commercialization, including research results in use by over 5 million smart phones. Chiang is the founding CEO of DataMi, a startup enabling Open Toll-Free for mobile content around the world, and a co-founder of Zoomi, a big data startup company enabling individualized learning and corporate productivity. He is a member of the Advisory Board of TMM (TMMI), Applied Communications Sciences ACS (formerly part of Bellcore), Altior (acquired by Exar), Sednaware, and Fast Braiin.

Chiang is the first Chairman of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC), which was formed in 2014 to make recommendations on the vision, structures, and mechanisms of entrepreneurship at Princeton. PEAC issued its Report: “Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way,” and helped create the first large-scale incubator, the first entrepreneurship fund, and other mentoring/ecosystem, curricular/co-curricular, and policy/branding initiatives at Princeton University. In 2014, he also became the fourth Director of the Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton University. He was named a New Jersey (non-profit) CEO of the Year in 2014 by New Jersey Technology Council.

Chiang created the Optimization of Networks track in CISS conferences in 2006, hosted the series of Smart Data Pricing (SDP) Industry Forums since 2012, and co-chaired the U.S. National Information Technology R&D Workshop on Complex Engineered Networks in 2012. He was also a co-chair of the 9th IEEE WiOpt Conference, the 38th CISS, and the 1st ACM S3 Workshop. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2013. He delivered the Simon Stevin Lecture on Optimization in Engineering at K. U. Leuven in 2010, gave plenary or keynote speeches at IEEE INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, WiOpt, and MPS MOPTA, and participated in industry and public policy discussions, including university entrepreneurship events and wireless, Internet, and education technology trade shows. He has been an Associate Editor or a Guest Editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communication, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Springer Journal of Optimization and Engineering, and INFORMS Operations Research. He chaired the inaugural Steering Committee that launched the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering in 2013-14.

Alistair Croll

Alistair is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he co-founded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration, and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology.

A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Interop’s cloud content, Cloud Connect and the Enterprise Cloud Summit. He’s the chair O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference; the International Startup Festival; and Next:Money. He has also written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, and is currently working on Different Better, a book about positioning in the digital age, with April Dunford.

Alistair tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at “Solve For Interesting”.

Diego Klabjan

Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. He is also Founding Director, Master of Science in Analytics. His expertise is focused on data science with concentration in marketing, finance, transportation, and healthcare. Professor Klabjan has led projects with large companies such as FedEx Express, BNSF, General Motors, United Continental, and many others, and he is also assisting numerous start-ups with their analytics needs.

He is on the advisory board of Alpine Data Labs and Agentis, technical advisory board of AT Kearney, serves as the subject matter expert for IRI Big Data, and is a member of the advisory board for Midwest Big Data Hub. He is also a founder of Opex Analytics.

Arka Mukherjee

Dr. Arka Mukherjee, the founder and CEO of Global IDs Inc., is an expert in global data management, with extensive experience in creating new technologies to assist businesses in the U.S. and around the world. Under his leadership, Global IDs has developed Master Data Management and Data Governance products and solutions for a myriad of Fortune 2000 companies across multiple vertical industries. Prior to Global IDs, as the principal of IBM Global Services, he was the practice leader in business intelligence services and was responsible for building and growing this e-business practice. He received a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Princeton University.

Jeff Tanner

Dr. Tanner is Dean, Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business in Norfolk, Virginia. Author or co-author of 15 books, his latest, Analytics & Dynamic Customer Strategy: Big Profits from Big Data (Wiley) was released late 2014. Dr. Tanner has taught executives and graduate students in a dozen countries, including India, France, Malawi, Australia, and Colombia, and recently spoke at National Retail Federation’s Big Show, CRM Evolution, MSI’s Big Data Conference, and Teradata’s Marketing Festival. Consulting clients include Cabela’s, EMC, and Procter & Gamble, among others. In addition to research awards, he was the Society for Marketing Advances Distinguished Teacher (2013). Dr. Tanner sits on the boards of several corporations and non-profits. He and his wife, Karen, breed and race thoroughbred horses.

Becky Wanta

Becky Wanta, CEO & President of RSW1C continues to partner with Fortune 50+ companies as either their retained Senior IT Executive/CIO or consultant to transform their IT organizations and strategy and deliver IT as both the valued strategic business innovative partner and enabler to game changing their respective business/markets. That said, she is currently Senior Vice President & CIO for Pacific Compensation Insurance Company in Westlake, CA. Besides leading/transforming the IT organization; and partnering with her respective business partners to deliver on the profitable growth goals of the company, she also has been focusing her efforts on business incubation, executive-in-resident, and lending her leadership and technical prowess to start-ups hastening their go-to-market entrance. Becky was ranked 4th in the Top 50 Female CIOs and 12 in the top 200 CIOs for 2012 by Exec Ranking (ref: http://execrank.com/2012/10/top-female-cios/ and http://execrank.com/2012/10/2012-top-cios/ respectively)

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Prior to accepting the role of SVP & CIO for Pacific Compensation, she was Senior Vice President/Global Chief Information and Innovation Officer (SVP/CIO) for MGM Resorts International where she led the transformation of the Information Technology Department from its back office expense function to its front office strategic competitive advantage business partner implementing their MLife vision; and the determination, evaluation and application of innovation and technologies cornerstone to generating real business value and revolutionizing MGM Resorts International’s business current and future.

Prior to Becky being promoted to the SVP/CIO, she was Vice President of IT Operations and Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity, she worked closely with IT and Company leaders to ensure the appropriate technology strategy was in place to support the Company’s goals and objectives, and oversaw efforts to harden and strengthen the overall technology infrastructure and operating environment, ensuring a robust technology platform for the Company current and future.

Becky is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of IT experience spanning multiple industries such as Integrated Financial Services, Department of Defense, Retail, Transportation, Entertainment, Hospitality, Health Care, and Aerospace. Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the largest workers’ compensation insurance company in California, State Compensation Insurance Fund, where she transformed the information technology function into a valued strategic partner with the business driving strong growth across the companies’ enterprise effectively positioning the companies to respond to changing market dynamics and maintaining/expanding their market leadership positions.

Becky’s experience also includes the roles of Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Best Buy, Global Chief Technology Officer for PepsiCo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Wells Fargo, and Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for The Money Store.

Becky graduated Magna Cum Laude in her undergraduate degree in MIS from Chapman University, and Summa Cum Laude in her Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University. She is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she taught the technology curriculum portion of the school’s Graduate Banking Program. Additionally, Becky holds two intellectual capital patents in Ubiquitous Computing and Method and Apparatus for a Broker Entity. Becky has also been Reviewed and Approved as a Senior Gaming Executive and Corporate Officer in 2012.

Sam Whitmore

Sam Whitmore is the founder and editor of Sam Whitmore’s Media Survey. Founded in 1998, SWMS provides tech media analysis and consulting that helps tech PR pros pitch more effectively. A former media columnist for Forbes.com, Whitmore is a frequent public speaker and often is interviewed regarding tech media for print and broadcast. Whitmore spent 14 years at Ziff-Davis Publishing, 12 at PC Week as a reporter, editor, columnist and editor-in-chief. He later served as a company vice-president in business development, and served as an on-camera reporter for Ziff-Davis Television (ZDTV) before leaving to launch SWMS.

Dan Woods

Dan Woods is CTO and founder of CITO Research. He has written more than 20 books about the strategic intersection of business and technology. Dan writes about data science, cloud computing, mobility, and IT management in articles, books, and blogs, as well as in his popular column on Forbes.com.