Best 30 Companies of the year 2018


Hortonworks: Industry Leader in Connected Data Platforms

In the information-driven world of today, data is the most powerful entity for any organization. Research in technology has aided to better utilization of the vast amounts of data generated. The era of big data and its prowess has led to profitable growths for global organizations.

Here is Hortonworks, a leading innovator in the data industry, creating, distributing and supporting enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications. Set up in 2011 by 24 engineers from the original Hadoop team at Yahoo! While its HQ is in Santa Clara, the company operates across 19 countries and has more than 2,100 joint engineering, strategic reseller, technology, and system integrator partners.

Success Mantra

The company’s foundation is laid on a mission is to manage the world’s data. Hortonworks is channeling all its resources to achieve this aim with a single-minded focus on driving innovation in open source communities such as Apache Hadoop, NiFi, and Spark. Hortonworks’ founding belief is that innovation and adoption of platform technologies like Hadoop are best accomplished through collaborative open source development under the governance model of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). 

“We along with our 1600+ partners provide the expertise, training, and services that allow our customers to unlock transformational value for their organizations across any line of business,” explains the CEO of Hortonworks, Rob Bearden. “Our connected data platforms powers modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data: data-in-motion and data-at-rest. We are Powering the Future of Data.”

Innovative and Enterprise Ready

Hortonworks stands firmly committed to the notion that innovation happens everywhere. It believes that collaborative sharing and co-innovation are the cornerstones of solutions that are future-proof. The company sees a future where all things are possible with no limits to what it can achieve with data. There is a belief among the people of Hortonworks that those with an open-minded experimental mentality—not afraid to fail fast so they can learn faster—will lead the charge. “Those who disrupt their industry, their own business are clearly seeing the future and anticipating what’s next,” believes the CEO.

Data business is the in-thing for every modern business. “Data will power all industries, communities, devices, companies, people -- all of us. This is the future of data,” explains Bearden. As more and more data is born, big and small data spurs the need for more, better, secure enterprise-level infrastructure at scale. And this is where Hortonworks is making a difference.

Additionally, Hortonworks also hold the opinion that open source spurs innovation. Nothing beats community-based open innovation in terms of being ready for the future because innovation happens everywhere. Open is the future of data and Hortonworks is the best choice to help businesses unlock its potential.

Architecting the Future

The people at Hortonworks power the future of data and are the forefront of innovation who enable organizations to use Apache Hadoop for storage and processing of data. The teams help organizations around the world that are starting to deploy Apache Hadoop.

The positive difference that they make is a life-changer for tens of thousands of people that are leveraging Apache Hadoop software to solve real problems. That’s not all. The employees thrive in an open work environment. “We believe in openness: open software, open sharing of ideas, and complete openness and transparency of our company’s strategy,” says the CEO. At the HQ in Santa Clara, there are also catered lunches, onsite massage therapy, dry cleaning service, and fully stocked kitchen available.

Community for the Enterprise

Hortonworks employs the largest group of committers under one roof with 29 out of 114 Apache Hadoop committers. This number is more than double of any other company. In order to enable a data platform like Hadoop to be easy to use and enterprise-grade, it’s impossible to do it alone. Hortonworks has established deep joint engineering relationships with most of the strategic data center players its customers rely on.

All of these efforts have nearly thousands of dedicated certification tests that are unique to Hortonworks. These certifications enable joint customers to receive the highest quality, integrated solutions for addressing the modern data architecture needs.

Hortonworks sees a future where secure unfettered data access and movement among technologies, applications, and platforms will be a competitive edge. The company supports global organizations 24x7x365 with unmatched expertise, products, and services that provide enterprise-grade security, reliability, and scalability.

Meet the Driving Force

Rob Bearden is the CEO of Hortonworks. He is also the former chief operating officer of both SpringSource and JBoss, two of the most commercially successful open source companies in history. Bearden also served in senior roles at Oracle, where he directed a $1 billion sales organization, I2 and Manhattan Associates. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University and currently holds the title of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

“Data will power all industries, communities, devices, companies, people -- all of us. This is the future of data.”