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Forbes sits down with Pandera CDO, Matthew Thomas

Pandera Systems Chief Data Officer, Matthew Thomas spoke with Kimberly Whitler of Forbes to explain why companies are turning to Chief Data Officers to generate more value out of data beyond the typical CIO and CMO roles.

Whitler (Forbes)Can you describe the CDO role?

Thomas: To truly appreciate the increasing need for the CDO’s role, one must first understand that 90 percent of the world’s data was created in the past two years alone. That’s a lot of information for a company to suddenly organize, secure and make sense of, let alone make a strategic decision on. The CDO emerged as organizations realized the need for someone to lead the management of all of this data as well as guide the organization in technology adoption and training necessary to storing and distributing it all.

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How to Turn the 3 Biggest BI Complaints Into Your 3 Biggest Differentiators

Pandera Systems sat down with Managing Director, Kevin Curley, to learn first hand how Self Service Business Intelligence can help organizations capitalize on before thought weaknesses and complaints of their analytics projects. According to Kevin, all businesses are in quite the transition period as it stands right now in 2018. Most have realized the value that analytics can bring and have made decisions to implement central Business Intelligence platforms.

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4 Keys for a Cultural Shift Into Digital Transformation

The decision to move forward with a digital transformation is a big one to say the least. Aside from the time and resources required to take on such a challenge, there will be an undeniable and deliberate impact to the way your people work. The correct motivation for a digital transformation should be to better serve your employees. Keep in mind who this transformation is meant to assist and have a plan to transition your people into the digital age. Check out these 4 tips to keep in mind throughout your transformation process.

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4 Tips for Using Data to Tell Great Stories

Every company has data and all data has a story to tell. There is an abundance of insight to be found by analyzing and portraying data in the correct fashion. At times, this can be tricky though. Telling stories the correct way is essential to formulating a single version of the truth and actually drive productivity forward. Articulating insights with context and granularity is easier said than done. Here are 5 tips on how to use your data to tell great stories.

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Pandera Systems Expands West

Orlando FL – Pandera Systems, a global provider of information delivery solutions and analytics innovation consulting company, has announced its West Coast expansion to the Western United States. The expansion will be led by Director of West Coast Sales and Business Development, Mike Morrow, located in Seattle, WA. Beyond his 30+ years of experience in software and service sales, Mike has extensive experience working with and alongside executives from top companies in the Western 13 United States. Mike’s expertise and network paired with Pandera’s innovative mindset, breadth of expertise, and rapid growth creates a perfect storm of opportunity out West.

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Snowflake for Data Science

Anyone working on a cloud-friendly data science, data engineering, or data warehousing team has surely heard the name Snowflake come up over the past couple of years.

For those that haven’t, Snowflake is a relatively new database solution that is majorly innovative in some ways and yet simultaneously familiar in the ways that matter.

The product is essentially a SaaS database built with cloud-native features that we 21st century data enthusiasts (fine… nerds) have come to expect from off-the-shelf products. Some of these features include:

  • the ability to quickly and automatically scale computing power — responding to highly variable workloads in a way that enables high velocity data to flow in, unimpeded by ingestion bottlenecks
  • the separation of storage and compute, both technically and on billing statements — making cold data retention much more cost-effective
  • the ability to segregate and securely share chunks of data — reducing the amount of maintenance and management that data ops teams need to invest in shared data assets
  • automatic query and data optimization — this one speaks for itself!

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Blueprint for Building an MVP Team

The “technical co-founder” model is dead, and building awesome tech isn’t a one-person job anymore. Below is a practical blueprint for building a minimal product team for your venture.

Have you ever heard the following conversation?

Q: “What’s your plan to build your app?”
A: “I’ve got a guy!”
I have. It’s too common and it haunts start-ups and large companies alike, echoing through their later efforts to refactor, rebuild, or redesign their product because of early mistakes made while launching an MVP.

That fateful conversation is also representative of a common oversimplification of building software products and a reckless commodification of the talent that builds them; in other words, to think that some guy (or gal) can build great technology for your company, solo, is simply unrealistic these days. Tech and design have advanced to levels of complexity and nuance beyond what one person can handle. The overly-romanticized “technical co-founder” of tech’s youth is gone and done, and we need a better way to think about building product teams.

To put product development strategy into a more rational lens — and to stop equating its difficulty to that of assembling IKEA furniture — we created the MVPT, a functional blueprint for building a lean software development team (T) that can produce an exceptional MVP.

MVP + T = MVPT. Get it? Nevermind, let’s move on…

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HashiCorp: Strength In Numbers

How the Hashistack’s Modularity Is Its Greatest Asset

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the devops space, you’ve probably seen the name HashiCorp come up. Maybe you needed something for service discovery and found Consul. Maybe you were sick of fighting with CloudFormation and gave Terraform a try. Maybe someone finally convinced you to stop storing your secrets in plaintext and Vault jumped to the top of your search results.

What you may not have realized is that these individual solutions form a larger suite, sometimes referred to as the “Hashistack”. Together, they form a full platform for managing your data center and operating your services. All of these have free, open source versions, and four of them (Terraform, Consul, Vault, and Nomad) have enterprise versions with enhanced features. But the fact that these services work so well separately is actually one of the largest strengths of the HashiCorp suite.

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Top 7 Essentials of a Successful Business Intelligence Strategy

In 2018 it is pretty standard that all companies have at least some sort of Business Intelligence Initiatives ongoing. But, this doesn’t imply that all add value to their organizations through data-driven insights. With that said, there are key things to be aware of when on the never-ending journey that is Business Intelligence. Here are our top 7 essentials of a successful business intelligence strategy.

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Pandera to Bring the Southern Data Science Conference to Orlando

Orlando FL – Pandera Systems, a global provider of information delivery solutions and analytics innovation consulting company has announced its partnership with the Southern Data Science Conference. This partnership will bring a robust roster to Orlando, Florida on October 17th and 18th for two days of cutting-edge discussions, workshops and networking at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld. This innovative, single track conference has drawn attention from around the World and will boast speakers from both top data science companies, like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc., and top research institutions, like Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, UCF, and more. These speakers have been selected based upon their outstanding contributions to the data science community and we are ecstatic to bring them all under one roof. Beyond that, we are extremely fortunate to have such great community support from the City of Orlando, University of Central Florida, South Big Data Hub, and Orlando Tech and Beer.

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