CIO & CDO Virtual Fireside Chat

April 29, 2021

How having a cloud-first mentality pays
analytic and business dividends

The cloud plays a key role in the Blackstone Group’s digital strategy. The global investment management company maintains a cloud-first mentality and uses the cloud whenever possible, including for data management.

To help CIOs and CDOs on their cloud journeys, Blackstone Chief Data Architect Thomas Pelogruto is participating in a roundtable to share the firm’s cloud story. As a core player in Blackstone’s cloud strategy, Thomas has first-hand experience on how to best leverage the technology.

Along with panelists Marina Novikova, a solutions architect with experience leading cloud architecture projects in the financial services industry, and Ravi Hulasi, Chief Cloud Evangelist at Tamr, Thomas will discuss:

  • Best approaches for aligning cloud and business strategies.
  • The key role mastered data plays in a cloud strategy.
  • How storing data in the cloud helps Blackstone better integrate and clean their business-to-business customer data.
  • The role machine learning plays in how the firm manages data.

Tamr is the leading data mastering company that accelerates data-driven business outcomes for large organizations. Tamr’s unique approach of using human-guided machine learning algorithms to accelerate data mastering projects lets the world’s largest organizations enhance data operations, activate latent data, and increase the velocity of business outcomes through data-driven insights.

Speakers Include...

Ravi Hulasi
Chief Cloud Evangelist,

Thomas Pologruto
Managing Director,

Marina Novikova
Solution Architect,

Speaker: Ravi Hulasi, Chief Cloud Evangelist, Tamr

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Ravi is the Chief Cloud Evangelist at Tamr, responsible for building technical relationships and accelerating data mastering initiatives with enterprise cloud partners. Ravi has been at Tamr for 5 years, most recently managing the international presales operations and leading the expansion into EMEA and Asia. Ravi’s career began in the UK at a startup, developing a data profiling solution. Through acquisition, he relocated to Boston to continue his career focusing on data quality and data management. Ravi is always keen to hear about innovative data management creating impactful business outcomes, advances in the industry, and the continued success of Manchester United.

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Speaker: Thomas Pologruto, Managing Director, Blackstone

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Thomas Pologruto is a Managing Director in the Blackstone Technology and Innovations group and serves as the firm’s Chief Data Architect as well as the Chief Technology Officer of Liquid Markets Technology (BAAM, GSO, BIS, BREDS, and Harvest) and Data Science. As Chief Data Architect, Mr. Pologruto is focused on bringing advanced data analytics, warehousing and visualization to all of the Blackstone corporate and investment teams, and across our liquid markets, he leads the group’s software engineering teams, which develop proprietary investment and allocation tools, trading platforms and risk systems. He was previously the Chief Technology Officer of the Hedge Fund Solutions group. Before joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Pologruto was a Quantitative Researcher and Senior Portfolio Manager at Kepos Capital. Prior to Kepos, he was the Chief Technology and Research Officer at Capstone Investment Advisors. Mr. Pologruto graduated cum laude and with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Physics, Biochemistry and Biophysics as well as with a MS in Chemistry. Mr. Pologruto received a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University.

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Speaker: Marina Novikova, Solution Architect, AWS

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Marina holds extensive experience architecting, designing and implementing software solutions for finance and banking institutions. Clients turn to Marina to define problems and lead the technical development of solutions that will solve those issues. Currently at AWS, she’s worked at software engineering firms such as DataArt and Giesecke+Devrient. She holds degrees in mathematics and system programming from Saint Petersburg University.

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Invited Members Include...


3:00pm-3:10pm (EST)

Opening Remarks & Executive Introductions

3:10pm-3:20pm (EST)

Sponsor Presentation

3:20pm-3:50pm (EST)

Customer (End User) Fireside Chat

3:50pm-4:30pm (EST)

Executive Discussion

Title Representation

Industry Breakdown

Org. Size by Revenue

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The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

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