Aaron Ritchie has worked in the Information Management division of IBM for over 8 years and has held a variety of roles within the Center of Excellence and Education groups. Aaron has worked as an IT Specialist, Learning Developer, and Project Manager. He is certified in multiple IBM products and enjoys working with an assortment of open-source technologies. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from Clarkson University and a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from WPI.
Daniel Tran is an IBM Co-op Student working as a Technical Curriculum Developer in Toronto, Ontario. He develops courses to improve the education of customers who seek knowledge in the Big Data field. He has also reworked previously developed courses, updating them to be compatible with the newest software releases, as well as work at the forefront of recreating courses on a newly developed cloud environment. He has worked with various components that deal with Big Data, including Hadoop, Pig, Hive, HBase, MapReduce & YARN, Sqoop, Oozie, and Phoenix. He has also worked on separate courses involving Machine Learning. Daniel is from the University of Alberta, where he has completed his third year of traditional Computer Engineering Co-op.