Big-data stewardship takes the main stage at DataWorks Summit in Berlin - SiliconANGLE

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Big-data repositories hold much of the world's personally identifiable data. Many data management professionals are now laser-focused on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, which will take effect in little over a month and will place strict data-stewardship mandates on any enterprise that does business in any of those nations. Since it was founded in 2011, Hortonworks Inc. has evolved from a Hadoop big-data software distribution startup to a diversified provider big-data governance tooling for private, public, hybrid and multicloud deployments. GDPR is now the principal global focus in that regard, though other country- and sector-specific laws, such as HIPAA in the U.S., are still a driver of demand for such capabilities. As I discussed in this recent article, GDPR mandates stringent enterprise controls on processing, movement and use of the personal data of the citizen of EU member states, and imposes significant financial penalties for failure to maintain them.