Technology veteran Jim Walsh joins Context Relevant as VP Engineering

Jun 28, 2012, 09:11 ET from Context Relevant

SEATTLE, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Context Relevant (, a leader in Big Data advanced analytics, announced today it has added James "Jim" Walsh as the company's Vice President of Engineering. A 23-year Microsoft veteran, Jim founded and led the Cosmos team—Microsoft's massive scale distributed data storage and analysis platform that underpins many Microsoft products, including Bing.  Jim has architected and built some of the world's largest data aggregation and processing systems, and prior to joining Context Relevant served as principal architect for Microsoft's advertising platforms.

Context Relevant provides a cloud-based application that turns enterprise analysts and statisticians into Big Data scientists. Context Relevant's Flexible Analytics and Statistics Technology (FAST) system unlocks the potential of Big Data by empowering enterprise analysts with capabilities that—until now—required a large, highly skilled and expensive team of data scientists. Context Relevant customers are able to easily weave together large and disparate data sources and to ask questions and get answers in seconds that before required days or even weeks.

"Jim brings deep management and technical expertise to Context Relevant and knows first hand that companies' ability to log information has far outstripped their ability to gain insight from it," said Stephen Purpura, Context Relevant CEO and Co-Founder. "I have known Jim for more than a decade and am confident he will enable us to handle our customers' exponential Big Data growth and their unrelenting thirst for business insight."

Jim is recognized as one of the world's leading performance experts and holds sixteen technology patents that range from performance to security to user interface design.

"Data can tell us amazing and powerful things, if we have the ability to glean knowledge from it," said Jim. "We know how to collect and store all kinds of amazing data, and we know the potential within. It's exciting to join a company that is unlocking that potential and delivering insights that will change the world."

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Context Relevant is a leader in Big Data analytics. Whether a company is struggling to find and hire data scientists or wants to make its existing team more efficient, Context Relevant reduces risk, simplifies data handling and adds the capability to systematically turn an organization's Big Data into a competitive advantage. For more information please call +1-800-980-DATA or visit:

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