Why serverless matters or how do you want to spend your innovation tokens?

I recently wrote an email to an Irish Entrepreneur about the challenges of using Kubernetes and Kafka. I think both technologies are awesome, but I’ve seen in the past companies trying to integrate them without thinking about the managed services that exist out there. Kubernetes If you’re doing it yourself I’d look at https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/getting-started.html which is from… Continue reading Why serverless matters or how do you want to spend your innovation tokens?

Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong Open Door

(Reprint from last year) I interviewed the interesting and fascinating Ian Wong – he’s the technical co-founder of OpenDoor, which I personally think is amazing as a concept! 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back to, and do better? Pretty much any project I’ve worked on in the… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong Open Door

I’m an Analyst and the software engineers made fun of my code!

I’m seeing a very fuzzy line between where technical business analysts end & IT teams begin. Y’all know of good articles/books on managing responsibilities when coding analysts on the biz side interface with IT dev teams? Seems tricky. #rstats #pydata #python — JD Long (@CMastication) October 19, 2018 My friend JD Long, has been a… Continue reading I’m an Analyst and the software engineers made fun of my code!

How to use AWS Lambda to build a tweetbot

Inspired by Vicki I decided to build a Tweetbot – the code is available here. You can follow the tweetbot online – the architecture that Vicki proposed is basically what I did, only I made a few changes in the code. Time taken It’s worth pointing out first that it took me approximately 32 hours of… Continue reading How to use AWS Lambda to build a tweetbot

What is a Message Broker for?

I’ve been working in tech for a few years now, and that’s included writing a lot of code. One thing I never got my head around was what is a message broker? I’ve definitely seen them in architecture meetings, and heard people speak of ‘RabbitMQ’ and ‘Redis’ but I don’t really know what they’re for.… Continue reading What is a Message Broker for?

Interview with a Data Scientist – Vicky Boykis

It gives me great pleasure to interview Vicki Boykis – we’ve chatted a lot on Twitter over the past few years and her blog/ side projects have been inspiring for my own. Vicki is a Data Scientist and Engineer who tweets awesome stuff. She’s well worth following. Her twitter bio – Born: Jewish in Russia. Raised:… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist – Vicky Boykis

Why Zalando’s tech radar sucks as a stack

I’ve been programming professionally for about 5 years now. So I don’t consider myself a brilliant expert. Never the less one thing I think that I’ve learned is that it isn’t about the ‘technical problems’ it’s about whether or not you solve a real-world or meaningful problem. Some people call these ‘business problems’ but they… Continue reading Why Zalando’s tech radar sucks as a stack

How do we deliver Data Science in the Enterprise

Source I’ve worked on Data Science projects and delivered Machine Learning models both in production code and more research type work at a few companies now. Some of these companies were around the Seed stage/ Series A stage and some are established companies listed on stock exchanges. The aim of this article is to simply… Continue reading How do we deliver Data Science in the Enterprise

One weird tip to improve the success of Data Science projects

I was recently speaking to some data science friends on Slack, and we were discussing projects and war stories. Something that came across was that ‘data science’ projects aren’t always successful. Somewhere around this discussion a lightbulb went off in my head about some of the problems we have with embarking on data science projects.… Continue reading One weird tip to improve the success of Data Science projects

Avoiding being a ‘trophy’ data scientist

Recently I’ve been speaking to a number of data scientists about the challenges of adding value to companies. This isn’t an argument that data science doesn’t have positive ROI, but that there needs to be an understanding of the ‘team sport’ and organisational maturity to take advantage of these skills. The biggest anti-pattern I’ve experienced… Continue reading Avoiding being a ‘trophy’ data scientist