We announced a leadership change at Cloudera today. Tom Reilly, formerly CEO at Arcsight, is joining us in my old role – CEO – and I am assuming two new posts: Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
When we started the company five years ago, almost no one had heard of Apache Hadoop. Big Data, to the extent the term was used at all, was strictly a consumer internet phenomenon. No other enterprise vendor believed the platform mattered.
We did, of course, and we set out to make that true. We’ve engaged closely with the open source community, worked hard to advance the state of the art in the platform and crafted a business strategy that allows us to grow quickly and to build a great company for the long term.
We are all tremendously proud of the progress that Cloudera has made. The market is absolutely exploding around us. The entrance over the past couple of years of venture-backed and big-vendor products and companies is no surprise. The opportunity is absolutely enormous.
Over the years, I have been most proud of the people we’ve hired. In every single department and at every level of the company, we aim to bring on the very best and to give them room to do great things. That strategy has always applied to our executive leadership team. Last year we added Alan Saldich from Riverbed to head up Marketing, Peter Cooper-Ellis from VMware to run Engineering and Jim Frankola out of IBM, Ariba and Yodlee, as CFO. Our goal – my goal – has been to hire world-class people at the right time so that we could take a disproportionate share of the enormous opportunity.
We’re building a company that we expect to stay independent and to lead the market for many years to come. That will demand relentless focus on operational excellence and on the technology and solutions that our customers need. The combination is, at our present scale, two jobs, not one.
Tom led Arcsight through its IPO to industry leadership in mission-critical, bet-the-business security. He knows the enterprise. He’s a been-there, done-that executive. He’s run very successful enterprise software companies at global scale.
Tom’s appointment as CEO allows me to concentrate my time with key constituents: Our product and engineering teams, our partners, our sales force, our customer-facing technical teams and – most importantly – our customers themselves. He and I have spent considerable time together over the last several months, building trust in both directions and planning for a smooth transition. Cloudera is a better company, today and for the long term, with the two of us working together.
Of course, it’s not just the two of us. We have the best and brightest talent in the business. We’ll continue to deepen the bench and to expand our reach and capacity across the entire market in the months and the years to come, just as we have since June of 2008.