Former defense consultant brings ‘big data’ chops to Black Knight

Dan Kenshalo will help clients analyze and store large data sets

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Dan Kenshalo, a longtime "big data" consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, is now the new head of Black Knight Financial Services' "innovation laboratory," part of its data and analytics division. Black Knight, a major software and data provider to the real estate industry, has been beefing up the data and analytics division lately, bringing former CoreLogic exec Ben Graboske on board as its new chief technology officer last month. Black Knight’s MLS Solutions, which reports to the data and analytics division, provides software to more than 220 multiple listing services representing 250,000-plus subscribers. Kenshalo has 12 years of experience helping the Defense Department design and develop multi-petabyte systems to store and access large amounts of data, Black Knight said. A petabyte is 1 million gigabytes. "Dan brings a wealth of experience in both consulting, systems and technology that can help our clients with a wide array of challenges, including the analy...