2016 has been quite the year for all of us at Anaconda! From expanding our strong team to growing our customer and partner rosters and continuing our spirit of innovation, it seems like a perfect time to reflect on the year that was as we gear up to hit the ground running in 2017. 


We started the year off with a bang by expanding our executive leadership team, adding two new members to our rapidly growing company. In February, we welcomed Jon Shepherd, our new senior vice president of sales, and Matt Roberts joined as vice president of product engineering.  On the product side, we announced Anaconda 2.5 (coupled with Intel Math Kernel Library), Anaconda Enterprise Notebooks, Anaconda for Cloudera and Anaconda advancements that bring high performance advanced analytics to Hadoop. Last but certainly not least, our fearless leaders Travis Oliphant, Peter Wang, and Michele Chambers had a busy March—they  presented at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit and Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose. It was a great start to the year! 


Here at Anaconda, April showers don’t just bring May flowers—they also bring new products, cool collaborations and awesome events. Kicking off the quarter in April, we announced an exciting partnership with American Enterprise Institute’s Open Source Policy Center TaxBrain initiative. By leveraging the power of open source, TaxBrain can provide policy makers, journalists and the general public with the information they need to impact and change policy for the better. In May, Intel adopted Anaconda as the basis for their Python distribution. Lastly, Spark Summit 2016 was a real hit with two of our team members presenting on  “Connecting Python To The Spark Ecosystem” and “GPU Computing With Apache Spark And Python.”


While the dog days of summer were slightly quieter at Anaconda HQ, our team was still going strong under the hot Austin sun. Partnerships with big players such as Intel and IBM helped propel the quarter forward, and our popular data science capstone—the Anaconda Skills Accelerator Program—launched  with Galvanize earlier in 2016 for prospective data scientists. In July, we announced our substantial grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to help fund Numba and Dask. Rounding off the quarter, Our CTO & cofounder Peter Wang took the stage again at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC to discuss Open Data Science on Hadoop, and we introduced the Journey to Open Data Science with a new fun video that kept SAS on their toes and gave Strata attendees a good chuckle. Bokeh developers Bryan Van de Ven and Sarah Bird also presented their Interactive Data Applications tutorial at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC. It was a successful summer. 


With the end of the year in sight,  we launched the AnacondaCrew Partner Program to empower data scientists with superpowers (no, we’re not kidding!). We’re thrilled to announce that in the last year, we’ve quickly grown this program to include a dozen of the best known modern data science partners in the ecosystems, including Cloudera, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, NVIDIA, Docker, DataCamp and many others. We rounded this out with a new partnership with Esri to help enhance GIS applications with Open Data Science. Add to that our new relationship with Recursion Pharmaceuticals—they adopted Bokeh on Anaconda to make it easy for biologists to identify genetic disease markers and assess drug efficacy when visualizing cell data. We feel great about helping to contribute to the medical community and making real change in people’s lives. Finally, AnacondaCON 2017 registration opened in November and we couldn’t be more excited for the first event—our cherry on top of a wonderful year!

Wishing a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year to everyone in the Anaconda community; none of this would have been possible without you. 

As our holiday gift to you,  please download our Anaconda Holiday Wallpaper on Dropbox for a festive, Python Desktop Background fit for the season. 

Cheers to an even more successful 2017!