Real-time data platform Hazelcast has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer. Adrian Soars, a professional with more than 25 years of experience in financial services, will bring to the company his expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and the implementation of high-performance data platforms.
“Adrian’s passion for solving complex problems and his experience designing real-time architectures for some of the world’s largest tech programs is a wealth of information we cannot wait to share with our customers,” Hazelcast CEO Kelly Herrell said.
Soars comes to Hazelcast after serving as Chief Technology Officer of AI company Napier. Previously, Soars held senior leadership positions at major investment banks and financial services companies. These firms include TD Securities, Standard Chartered Bank, and Deutsche Bank, among others. At Hazelcast, Soars will lead research and development (R&D) efforts to ensure the company’s continued strong technical leadership, as well as its ability to deliver competitive advantage to the firm’s customers. Soars will also lead enhancement initiatives on the Hazelcast’s platform. One major goal will be to lower the total cost of ownership of building, deploying, and maintaining real-time apps.
“The Hazelcast Platform is seriously impressive software and delivers true, real-time capabilities for enterprises,” Soars said. “And, when you factor in the platform’s unified architecture, it will make life easier for application development teams by mitigating the headaches all too common with a do-it-yourself approach,”
Hazelcast made its Finovate debut last year at FinovateEurope 2022. At the event, the company showed how its real-time data platform enables businesses to leverage a resilient and elastic memory resource for both data at rest and data in motion. Hazelcast’s technology provides real-time inventory and shipping data, detects fraud, and derives insights that enable innovations in products or services in microseconds – among many other use cases.
Founded in 2012, Hazelcast is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. This fall, the company was recognized in the Gartner Market Guide for Event Stream Processing (ESP) as a unified, real-time data platform. The recognition comes in a new category for Gartner, within the cohort of event stream processing technologies.
Hazelcast has raised more than $63 million in funding. Bain Capital Ventures and Earlybird Venture Capital are among the company’s investors.
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