Thoughts from Ben: 2014 Was Another Phenomenal Year for Zaloni

December 30, 2014 Ben Sharma

As we close out the year it is a best practice at Zaloni to take a look back through the year. We celebrate what we’ve accomplished, and we use what we’ve learned to guide the direction we will take in the New Year.  

In 2013 we shifted focus as a company, in 2014 that shift paid off in spades as we gained real traction with our Bedrock Data Management Platform™. In fact, as we ring in the New Year we will toast to exceeding all of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of 2014, and our most successful year ever at Zaloni.

Let me share a few of what I believe are the highlights of the year:

New Company Headquarters – In both Durham, North Carolina and Guwahati, India we expanded our campuses significantly. Campus expansion was spurred by company growth and increasing demand for our flagship product, the Bedrock Data Management Platform.

Expanding the Zaloni Team – During 2014 we expanded our leadership with the promotion of Yin Guo to VP of Engineering, and the addition of Matt MacKinnon, Director of Product Management and Marketing, and our first formal hire to the marketing team. In fact, hiring occurred in all areas of the company including engineering, sales, marketing, IT and administration. We also added another member to our Strategic Advisory Board, Dhruba Borthakur.

Bedrock Data Management Platform – Bedrock has led the way to Zaloni’s tremendous growth this year, I believe this is due to some significant enhancements to the product, creating a complete solution for Hadoop data management. As a result of customer listening, and a desire to “fix it before it’s broken” we released Bedrock 3.0 during the year. Our teams are working hard, and the incredible year we celebrate is due in no small part to the team that has taken Bedrock to new heights.  We will certainly not slow our progress down in 2015, quite the opposite, we will accelerate growth at an even faster rate.

Strategic Partnerships – Throughout the year Bedrock was certified on a number of platforms including: PivotalHD, MapR, IBM BigInsights and DataBricks. We also worked closely with several of our existing partners including: Cloudera, IBM and EMC. Together, with our partners, we’re working hard to develop and deliver solutions that directly confront our customers business challenges head on, and resolve them efficiently and effectively. You can expect to see big things from Zaloni and our strategic partners during 2015.

Customer Relationships – On the customer front 2014 was a year for deepening relationships with our existing customers, and welcoming a number of new customers.  As founder and CEO of Zaloni I believe that strengthening our customer relationships, strengthens us as a company. By respecting our customers, listening to their requests, understanding what they need to solve their data management challenges, we can add greater value, exceed expectations, innovate faster, and become trusted partners with our customers.  

As I look back on the year, I also look back to when we first began Zaloni and find myself pausing a moment to recognize that have come a long way in just a few short years. I am proud of the fact that we have built a truly global team, that we continue to place our customers first, that we have developed one of the leading data management platforms on the market today, and that we continue to surpass every goal we set for ourselves. In the coming weeks I will share with you our goals for 2015, we’re aiming high again, as we should.

Thank you to all who have been a part of our journey so far. Happy New Year to all, I toast to your health and success in 2015!

About the Author

Ben Sharma

Ben Sharma, is CEO and co-founder of Zaloni. He is a passionate technologist with experience in business development, solutions architecture, and service delivery of big data, analytics and enterprise infrastructure solutions. Having previously worked in management positions for NetApp, Fujitsu and others, Ben’s expertise ranges from business development to production deployment in a wide array of technologies including Hadoop, HBase, databases, virtualization and storage. Ben is the co-author of Java in Telecommunications and holds two patents. He received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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