Pivotal names eBay, Microsoft vet as head of R&D

Pivotal names eBay, Microsoft vet as head of R&D

Summary: Hugh E. Williams has specialized in search and information retrieval research and has worked in eBay's marketplace unit and led the research team at Microsoft behind Bing.

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Pivotal, EMC's big data startup, said Wednesday that it has named Hugh Williams as head of its research and development efforts.

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Williams will oversee R&D, quality assurance, product management and technical operations for the application and data fabric teams. Pivotal also has platform as a service and agile development products along with its big data tools.

Before coming to Pivotal, Williams was at eBay and responsible for a team designed to turn around the marketplace business and improve the customer experience as well as technology platforms.

Williams also managed the R&D team at Microsoft responsible for Bing and has researched search engines for more than a decade.

Most of Williams research---he has published more than 100 works and holds 19 patents---revolves around information retrieval.

According to Pivotal, Williams will bring a new perspective to Pivotal One, the company's flagship platform.

Topics: Big Data, Enterprise Software

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