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. 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.

bigdata_fashion_featureMy long affiliation with LA’s preeminent fashion mart – The New Mart, has been a fruitful one. This collection of over 70 high-end fashion showrooms is managed by a forward-thinking team that allowed me to engage methods of statistical learning to increase the reach of their many clothing lines through use of social media data sources. I built some cool technology to yield a weekly “Fashion top 10” that serves to drive The New Mart’s social media effort. Using sentiment analysis coupled with data sources like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and fashion blogs, spreading brand awareness is approached in a strategic and focused manner.

insideBIGDATA Guide to Retail

Posted: September 9, 2015 in Projects, Uncategorized

insideBIGDATA_Guide_RetailI’d like to announce the availability of a new technology guide that I was contracted to research, develop and write — “insideBIGDATA Guide to Retail” sponsored by Dell and Intel. This guide is directed toward line of business leaders in conjunction with enterprise technologists with a focus on the above opportunities for retailers and how Dell can help them get started. The guide also will serve as a resource for retailers that are farther along the big data path and have more advanced technology requirements.

I was excited about writing this guide since I spend a lot of my time as a practicing data scientist in the fashion industry where I build machine learning solutions to enhance brand awareness.

You can download a copy of the guide HERE.