Nate Kupp currently holds the position of Director of Infrastructure and Data Science at Thumbtack and has presented this year his talk and success story entitled: “From humble beginnings: building the data stack at Thumbtack”. This is one of the presentations I’ve enjoyed much because it was similar to one of the pains I’ve also experienced in my day-to-day work.
A difference between Nate’s approach and mine is the executivesponsors (and a bit of luck of being in the right place, right time and the right management mentality). My experience on the other hand is, from my perspective a failure, but for others a small success against overwhelming odds.
This year at CrunchConf 2018 there was an interesting talk by Andrey Sharapov an Data Engineer & Scientist at Lidl. Yes, Lidl. The store in your back alley or in your neighbourhood. Did you know it does Big Data? I assumed, yes, given one wants to optimize both the idea of minimizingwaste and increasing profits (eg. how much of X do one store needs to order to ensure it’s gone by EOD).
Andrey’s talk was centered around “Building data products: from zero to hero!” and I would personally want to apraise the realism of his presentation which gives me content for more than one article on the subject. He’s one in a series of presenters at this year’s conference that has called out to the strategy of companies of investing too much in data scientists, then finding out they don’t have an infrastructure those scientists need, then trying to find data engineers a bit too late in the game (which are even more scarce than scientists).
I remember in 2016 my current employer provided the opportunity to go to the Cassandra Summit 2016 edition in San Jose. An exhausting and long 30-hour flight, tons of preparations with the US visa a few weeks ahead, a booking mistake that I had to pay with my own card until it was fixed and many more “troubles” later, I was finally there.
The thing about some conferences is that not all presentations are put online. In this case for CassandraSummit 2016, the Datastax community has provided all recordings of the conference presentations but this is not true for most. Which is just nice of them to do for the community as such material can be later referenced to.