Analysis of Confluent Buying Immerok
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by Jesse Anderson
1M ago
If you haven’t heard, Confluent announced they’re buying Immerok. This purchase represents a significant shift in strategy for Confluent. I started a Twitter thread with some of my initial thoughts, but I want to write a post giving more analysis and opinions. In short, I still echo the sentiment from my original tweet “This was always the way it should have been. I feel sorry for those who bought into ksqlDB.” I’ve always been vocal about ksqlDB’s and Kafka Stream’s limitations. Now, we’re seeing the market’s reaction to the technologies. The Future of ksqlDB and Kafka Streams With this ann ..read more
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Brief History of Data Engineering
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by Jesse Anderson
2M ago
In the beginning, there was Google. Google looked over the expanse of the growing internet and realized they’d need scalable systems. They created MapReduce and HDFS in 2004. They published the papers for them in the same year. Doug Cutting took those papers and created Apache Hadoop in 2005. Cloudera was started in 2008, and HortonWorks started in 2011. They were the first companies to commercialize open source big data technologies and pushed the marketing and commercialization of Hadoop. Hadoop was hard to program, and Apache Hive came along in 2010 to add SQL. Apache Pig in 2008 came too ..read more
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Enabling The People, Enabling The Data with Kulani Likotsi
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by Jesse Anderson
3M ago
My guest this week is Kulani Likotsi, the Head of Data Management and Data Governance at one of the four biggest banks in Africa. She’s had a rising career journey going from an analyst, to a Business Intelligence developer, to the data warehouse team, to the data governance team. I was impressed with Kulani’s volunteer spirit. Whenever there was a need, she volunteered. For her, it’s a growth mindset where she looks, “every two, three years, what’s the new thing? What’s the new buzz?” She added, “It’s just the willingness to learn the open mindset and just wanting to bring value.” In data go ..read more
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See, Build, Test, Experiment: Using Data Science to Change the World with Erick Webbe
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by Jesse Anderson
3M ago
My guest this week is Erick Webbe, Head of Data Science at bol.com. Bol.com is the biggest online retailer in northwestern Europe, serving about 12 million customers, as a general retailer similar to Amazon.com. Erick has a Master’s degree in Applied Physics. His background in physics forms a basis for his philosophy on life and work. That’s a “philosophy that I still apply to my work every single day […] we think about how we can best help them overcome that problem or solve it, and then test that in real life as soon as we can.” Applying this mindset to data scientists, he continues, “every ..read more
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KPIs Every Data Team Should Have
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by Jesse Anderson
3M ago
Data teams can be challenging. KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are different from other teams. The team’s value creation and performance are distinct. I want to share some KPIs. Before embarking on this, you’ll want to create baseline numbers for all metrics. This preparation will allow you and your team to track maturity and growth. Without knowing where you started, you won’t know how far you’ve come. As you look at your projects or data products, you may need to break your KPIs down to a project/product level.   Business-Focused These are business-focused KPIs. Percent of self-suppo ..read more
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Independent Anniversary
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by Jesse Anderson
4M ago
I have a calendar reminder that tells me when I founded Big Data Institute. It just told me I founded the company eight years ago. The reminder is called “Independent Anniversary.” It’s the day I split off and executed my vision for an independent, big data consulting company. Independence has all sorts of manifestations. For you, it’s an independent look at technology and vendors from someone who’s worked at a vendor (Cloudera) and worked in distributed systems for even longer. I don’t have to adhere to a company line anymore. Technical product marketing positioning is essential for vendors ..read more
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The Art and Science of Data Storytelling with Brent Dykes
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by Jesse Anderson
4M ago
My guest this week is Brent Dykes, Founder and Chief Data Storyteller at Analytics Hero. Before he founded his own company, he was at Omniture, Adobe, and Domo. Analytics Hero is a consulting business based around data storytelling Data storytelling was a new concept to me. Brent defines it as “as a structured approach for communicating insights to a targeted audience using narrative elements and explanatory visuals.” To help people understand the concept, he wrote the book Effective Data Storytelling: How to Drive Change with Data, Narrative and Visuals. “So in my book, I talk about three ke ..read more
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Provoking Consumer-First Analytical Thinking with Drew Smith
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by Jesse Anderson
4M ago
My guest this week is Drew Smith, Vice President of Global Data and Analytics at Little Caesars Enterprises and Ilitch Companies. Little Caesars is a pizza franchise that is mainly in the United States. Illitch Companies owns the Detroit Tigers (baseball), Detroit Red Wings (hockey), and several stadiums. Before that, Drew worked at International Institute for Analytics (IIA), an analytics consulting company, and IKEA, the furniture retailer and manufacturer. Given this long record of experience, I knew Drew would be a great guest. At IIA, Drew ran their Analytics Leadership Consortium (ALC ..read more
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An In-Depth Data Mesh Discussion with Zhamak Dehghani
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by Jesse Anderson
4M ago
In 2021 I had the pleasure to first get to know and speak with Zhamak Dheghani, Director of Emerging Technologies at ThoughtWorks, in season one of the Data Dream Team series. Zhamak is a software engineer and architect who is (in)famously known as the founder of the data mesh concept, a paradigm shift in how we manage data-driven value at scale.  I interviewed Zhamak last season as more of an introduction to Data Mesh. I was happy to be able to welcome Zhamak back to The Soda Podcast, following our first conversation in 2021 that I would now categorize as an introduction to data mesh. T ..read more
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The Reasons for Data Mesh on Pulsar
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by Jesse Anderson
4M ago
Data mesh is quickly becoming a way for companies to roll out their data strategy. If you haven’t already learned about data mesh, I suggest doing so. It comes with organizational and technical changes. I think a crucial part of your data mesh revolves around the choice of publish/subscribe technologies. At the crux of data mesh is a desire for flexibility. This flexibility extends from the creation of data products (publish) all the way to the consumption of data products (subscribe). Greater flexibility in data mesh means that teams creating and consuming data products have even less coordi ..read more
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