Technologist and Advisory Systems Engineer, Robert Hout, guides EMC customers and partners on the path to the data lake, and enabling IT with transformational technologies to make that vision a reality. Robert’s diverse background in IT, as an architect in data center infrastructure and enterprise applications, brings a broad perspective to customer challenges. That background puts Robert in a position to help marry the right technologies to customers’ business initiatives. As an Advisory System Engineer, Robert also functions as both a Hadoop and Splunk specialist within EMC, and spends his time enabling EMC partners and customers define their data lake strategies. Robert has been with EMC since 2010, having been at Isilon System prior to that acquisition in 2010. Previous to EMC, he served as a senior architect in the partner community.