Data Science …as a Service

The data race is in full swing. Nearly every customer I work with is attempting to collect and store as much data as possible. Twitter/Facebook feeds, web activity logs, 3rd party demographic data, GIS data, internal server logs, IoT data and more than before are being stored in ever larger data stores. This race to …

What I learned as a Consultant

Just under three years ago, I took my first consulting job. Before consulting, I worked primarily in research and development, and before that, I was in graduate school, which is a lot like research and development without the paycheck. I knew from a technical perspective I’d be ready – at that point, I’d had roughly …

Driven by Big Data: Replacing Google Search Appliance

Elastic {ON} has always been a great place to witness the sheer excitement shared by the developers and their management teams with Enterprise Search technologies.  As a leading partner and sponsor of such events, we get a first-hand look at the adaptability of this technology and how it fits well with a diverse set of …

How’s your Data Warehouse…Now?

So, how’s your Data Warehouse doing? Yes, I know Data Warehousing is so 2007, it’s all about your Data Lake now. What does that even mean? Let me ask you, did you spend any time with anyone other than IT managers and other technologists pondering the question, “Why do I need a Data Lake?” Or …

Women in Technology – Promoting a Gender Diverse Team

In light of the recent Women’s March and the impressive turnout Austin received, a debate has opened for women’s equality and their representation in the workplace. With Austin being one of the largest tech capitals of the U.S, one might wonder why women in the IT field are still harder to find than a bug …

Driven by Big Data – Governance & Security

My definition of this topic is “a necessary component of any big data solution with a perfect blend of skepticism and confidence by all of those involved”. Think of this as not just securing a file with permissions and capturing its name and glossary, but about sustainable architecture designs. Our recent blog “Make Data your BAE …

Make Data your BAE – Best Asset Ever!

I’ve heard technology departments complain for years about Shadow IT. There are many reasons (many perceived) why other departments resort to building solutions outside of the standard IT process –too slow, too expensive, and too process heavy to name just a few. I’m not going to advocate for Shadow IT as the potential consequences typically …

A Guide to User Story Structure

User Stories are the basis for all Scrum processes. These stories are the units of work that make up a project. They can be created by anyone and vetted by everyone. User stories come in various formats, and some are better than others. What you want out of a user story is a clear understanding of what a user …

Daily Stand-up Revisited

The Basics The Daily Stand-up is part of the Scrum process. The purpose of this meeting is to inform every team member of what other team members are working on and to provide an update on your sprint work. Each team member should answer three questions: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? …

Driven by Big Data – Beyond Enterprise Search

Driven by Big Data – Beyond Enterprise Search Enterprise Search is yet another rapidly growing ecosystem. Combining state of the art technologies to work together has redefined what “search” meant to an organization and its global customers. Being one of the prominent themes in the services business, building a matured knowledge management architecture has always …
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