Analytics Expert at Wikistrat

Posted: March 30, 2016 in Projects

I recently was appointed to the Analytic Community Experts group for crowd sourced consultancy Wikistrat. Based in Washington DC, Wikistrat operates a global network of over 2,000 subject-matter experts working collaboratively via an online platform to help decision-makers identify solutions to complex strategic challenges. Here, I will offer my insights in data science, machine learning and big data to assist in building the wisdom that is essential for dealing with an increasingly complex world.

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insideBIGDATA_Guide_Streaming_Analytics_featureI’m excited to announce the availability of a new technology guide that I was contracted to research, develop and write – “insideBIGDATA Guide to Streaming Analytics” sponsored by Impetus Technologies, Inc.

Many enterprises find themselves at a key inflection point in the big data timeline with respect to streaming analytics  technology. There is a huge opportunity for direct financial and market growth for enterprises by leveraging this technology. The goal of this guide is to make sense of the vendor and technology landscape. It’s important to  choose a platform that will supply a proven and pre-integrated, performance-tuned stack, ease of use, enterprise-class reliability and flexibility to protect the enterprise from rapid technology changes.

You can download a copy of the guide HERE.

I was happy to be enlisted by predictive analytics giant TIBCO to be a panelist for the upcoming webcast feature “How IoT Analytics can Drive Competitive Advantage” on March 3, 2016 at 11am PT. I’ll be on the panel along with industry luminary Mike Gualtieri of Forrester Research and TIBCO’s Chief Analytics Officer Michael O’Connell. The webcast will give attendees the opportunity to learn how digital businesses are capturing greater value from big data and real-time data streams for sharper insights, real-time decision-making and competitive advantage.

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To register for the webcast click HERE.

DemoDay2_DanI was pleased to present last evening at the Grid110 Demo Day hosted by The New Mart, LA’s premiere fashion mart in DTLA. Grid110 is a new start-up business accelerator in partnership with the Office of the Los Angeles Mayor. My topic was putting a new face on the LA apparel industry using data science methodologies. My analysis used data sets from the Los Angeles Open Data repository. I’m a big proponent of government open data resources with the goal of improving the lives of citizens in ever more data-driven cities.

My presentation is provide below. Check out the data visualizations especially the geospatial data analysis clusters showing business starts for the past 10 years across the various industry codes that constitute the LA apparel industry. Moving forward, I will be collaborating with Grid110 in 2016 to publish a new Fashion Tech industry report, develop a new Shiny app, and collect data points for a new Fashion Tech sector database. Exciting stuff!

 

UCDavis_logoMy new 100% online course is starting on Jan 13 – Introduction to Data Science. The course is hosted by UC Davis Extension and is intended as a launching point for those wishing to transition into the field in order to find employment opportunities. Students will gain the skills that are transforming entire industries from healthcare to internet marketing and beyond. In this course, students will gain a hands-on introduction to using the R programming language for data analysis.  In addition the course  will define the data science process, including data acquisition, data munging, exploratory data analysis, visualization and algorithm usage.

Insider’s Guide to Apache Spark

Posted: November 9, 2015 in Projects
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insideBIGDATA_Guide_SparkI’d like to announce my new technology guide – An Insider’s Guide to Apache Spark on behalf of insideBIGDATA and sponsored by industry analytics leader TIBCO. The guide is a useful new resource directed toward enterprise thought leaders who wish to gain strategic insights into this exciting new computing framework. As one of the most exciting and widely adopted open-source projects, Apache Spark in-memory clusters are  driving new opportunities for application development as well as increased intake of IT infrastructure.

The guide includes the following topics:

  • An overview of Spark
  • Why Spark is so hot
  • Looking at Spark through a Hadoop lens
  • Spark SQL
  • The TIBCO–Spark connection

You can download my new Spark guide HERE.

I’m also taking part in an upcoming TIBCO webinar on Nov. 17 at 1:30pm ET. Click HERE to register.

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Melange_booth1I was pleased to accept an invitation from Melange Live CEO Tom Keefer to exhibit at his 1st annual event “where fashion meets technology.” The two-day conference was held on Sept. 16-17 at The New Mart in the heart of LA’s fashion district. The show featured the latest and greatest innovators in this new and upcoming space. I had a blast at my booth (see picture) which was front/center and met with all sorts of interesting people including a hot new startup accelerator in the Downtown LA area: Grid110.org. As a data scientist I was encouraged with all the new technologies coming out, most of which depend on using data for greater insights.