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Databricks invests in the German region

The Data and AI company extends local team to support digital transformation projects across Germany

September 2, 2020
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Munich, Germany, September 2nd, 2020 – Databricks, the data and AI company, today announced it is widening its footprint in Germany to address the heightened need and potential for AI and ML solutions in the country.  With many organisations accelerating digital transformation projects, Databricks is expanding its operations in the region to meet the needs of rapidly changing business cases.

The region is led by Roman Pritzkow, RVP Germany, who previously worked at Splunk and joined Databricks in October 2019. “Transformation projects and new digital business models are developed even faster during the pandemic and we see a growing demand in enhancing the intelligence to analyse the tremendous amount of data that waits in countless data lakes,” said Roman Pritzkow, RVP Germany at Databricks.

Pritzkow is now growing the sales team in Germany, more than doubling the number of employees in the region and extending the existing office in Munich to further cities like Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin.  The expansion is part of a global trend seeing Databricks investing in new talent and hiring sales and engineering roles across the globe.

“Due to Databricks business concept, we were able to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. More than ever, we are seeing an increasing investment in digital transformation, AI and ML and therefore are still hiring to serve the demand in the region. We are thrilled to have an experienced leader in Germany like Roman Pritzkow. His expertise in setting up successful sales teams and his knowledge about data management projects within top German enterprises are key to our success within the region”, says David Wyatt, Vice President and General Manager of EMEA at Databricks.

What helped Roman Pritzkow in his entire sales career was working seven years for Telefonica as an enterprise customer, before joining Symantec/Veritas as Enterprise account manager for the telco industry in 2014. During his time at Splunk he was leading the sales team in DACH and growing the footprint of Splunk in Germany by supporting big DAX 50 companies improving their data management and security projects.

Databricks raised $400 million and was valued $6.2 billion back in October 2019. Before that, the company closed a $250 million funding round in February 2019, a raise that came shortly before Databricks’ revenue run-rate reached $200 million (during Q3 2019). This investment also comes after the annual recurring revenue grew 2.5 times year over year in 2018. Databricks was founded by the original creators of popular open-source software initiatives including Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow.

About Databricks

Databricks is the data and AI company. Thousands of organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, Nationwide and H&M — rely on Databricks’ open and unified platform for data engineering, machine learning and analytics. Databricks is venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake, and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems. To learn more, follow Databricks on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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