Story image

Snowflake Computing drifts into Oz with new offices, execs

05 Mar 18

Snowflake Computing has announced two senior executive appointments to enable the market acceleration of the company’s cloud-built data warehouse solution across the Asia Pacific region.

In addition, the company has opened Sydney and Melbourne offices to support its customer and partner growth in Australia and New Zealand.

Peter O’Connor has been appointed as vice president of sales for Asia Pacific.

Based in Sydney, O’Connor has more than 20 years of sales, partner and regional business development experience and will lead the management and expansion of Snowflake’s Asia Pacific business.

O’Connor was previously Asia Pacific vice president for Nimble Storage where he drove and oversaw revenue growth, customer acquisition and partner enablement.

Prior to Nimble Storage, he was vice president and managing director at NetApp Australia and Asia Pacific vice president for Macromedia.

Snowflake has also appointed Alan Eldridge as Asia Pacific director of sales engineering based in Melbourne with responsibility for leading the company’s regional pre-sales team.   

Eldridge has worked in the data analytics space for almost two decades and joins Snowflake following six years at Tableau Software, where he was the company’s first employee in the region and most recently was Tableau’s presales manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to Tableau, he held a variety of technical sales roles at Microsoft, Business Objects and Sun Microsystems.

“The combined experience which Peter and Alan bring to Snowflake in the Asia Pacific region will be crucial to accelerating our market presence in the data sharing economy,” Snowflake chief revenue officer Chris Degnan says.

”Their knowledge of deploying successful, go-to-market strategies and providing customers with the solutions and support they need, will enable organisations to gain all the insight from all their data in order to become data-driven enterprises.”

Last month, Snowflake announced its latest round of growth funding of US$263 million led by ICONIQ Capital, Altimeter Capital and newcomer Sequoia Capital.

With this round of funding, Snowflake’s pre-money valuation is US$1.5 billion. Since its founding in 2012, Snowflake has raised a total of US$473 million in growth funding.

In the past year, Snowflake has grown its customer base by 300 percent and has increased customer data stored in Snowflake fourfold.

WatchGuard’s eight (terrifying) 2019 security predictions
The next evolution of ransomware, escalating nation-state attacks, biometric hacking, Wi-Fi protocol security, and Die Hard fiction becomes reality.
Digital Realty opens new AU data centre – and announces another one
On the day that Digital Realty cut the ribbon for its new Sydney data centre, it revealed that it will soon begin developing another one.
A roadmap to AI project success
Five keys preparation tasks, and eight implementation elements to keep in mind when developing and implementing an AI service.
'Public cloud is not a panacea' - 91% of IT leaders want hybrid
Nutanix research suggests cloud interoperability and app mobility outrank cost and security for primary hybrid cloud benefits.
14 milestones Workday has achieved in 2018
We look into the key achievements of business software vendor Workday this year
Workday customers start deployments to AWS infrastructure
Business software vendor Workday has turned it's previously announced AWS partnership into a reality.
Royole's FlexPai: So bendable phablets are a reality now
A US-based firm called Royole is delivering on that age-old problem of not being able to fold up your devices (who hasn't ever wished they could fold their phone up...)
How to leverage cloud for data-driven business ops
The next gen of cloud-based data platform services are flexible and cost-effective so even small organisations can unlock data insights.