Big Data Conversation with Spotify

Erin K. Banks

Erin K. Banks

Portfolio Marketing Director at Dell EMC
Erin K. Banks has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years. She is the Portfolio Marketing Director for Big Data and Data Analytics at Dell EMC. Previously she worked at Juniper Networks in Technical Marketing for the Security Business Unit. She has also worked at VMware and EMC as an SE in the Federal Division, focused on Virtualization and Security. She holds both CISSP and CISA accreditations. Erin has a BS in Electrical Engineering and is an author, blogger, and avid runner. You can find her on social media at @banksek
Erin K. Banks

I spoke with Eliot Van Buskirk ( @listeningpost ), Data Storyteller at Spotify, as part of my Big Data Conversations series for Dell EMC. Note that this is not a product or technology blog and certainly there are no endorsements implied from either side but, in all fairness, I am a paying Spotify user and I am in love with what they do to bring music to the masses.

Erin K. Banks: How do you utilize big data at Spotify?
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The ultimate tip for your data analytics journey: Get started

Anthony Dina

Anthony Dina

Director of Data Analytics across North America at Dell EMC
With twenty years in the IT industry, Anthony Dina serves as the North America Director of Data Analytics at Dell EMC. He leads a team of solutions architects that synthesize the tsunami of new data types (machine, application, person-driven) with traditional systems of record. Their expertise in big data, data warehouse modernization and analytic modeling helps customers succeed in the era of Digital Transformation. This work not only involves intellectual property from Dell EMC but also from partners like Cloudera, HortonWorks, Splunk, and SAP. Prior to this, he served as executive director of strategy and director of solutions marketing. He has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His technical certifications include ITIL v3 Foundation and ITIL Services Strategy.
Anthony Dina

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Data analytics is rapidly emerging as a key to success in the new digital economy. To capitalize on this opportunity, organizations need to rethink the status quo and invest accordingly.

When it comes to organizations and their data analytics journeys, a quote often attributed to Mark Twain seems especially appropriate: “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

While data analytics is rapidly emerging as a key to business success in the new digitally driven economy, many organizations are just exploring or in the early stages of their data analytics journeys. Basically, many people are just kicking the tires of the data analytics vehicle. And that’s a problem, because you can’t get anywhere with data analytics until you are actively using data analytics.

A survey by IDG Research Services suggests (more…)

Revealing the secret to speed and flexibility for data analytics

William Geller

William Geller

Data Analytics Product Marketing at Dell EMC
William Geller has been involved in new technology and data science for over 15 years, with experience launching and marketing new products for both startups and in enterprise, around the world. William is the Principal Product Marketing lead for Data Analytics in the Solutions Marketing division of CPSD. Prior to joining Dell EMC, he worked for numerous startups in Healthcare IT, Social Network Analytics, and cyber security. He holds a VMware VCP4.0 accreditation. Willam has an BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Babson College. You can find him on Twitter at @williamgeller
William Geller
William Geller

Most companies recognize that they have opportunities through data analytics to raise productivity, improve decision making, and gain competitive advantage. Unfortunately, the majority of initiatives fail to move beyond the experimental stage, or analytic insights are not operationalized back into the business as intended. The causes range from inaccessibility to siloed data, time invested in continually gathering theAnalytic Insights Module technology review - data analytics data before performing analytics, and long lead times for resources from IT.  Recently, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) reviewed Dell EMC Analytic Insights Module, which is engineered to smooth out these friction points in the data analytics lifecycle.  It’s delivered on Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud, combining a self-service data analytics experience with cloud-native application development (more…)

Recap – Strata+Hadoop World 2017 San Jose

Erin K. Banks

Erin K. Banks

Portfolio Marketing Director at Dell EMC
Erin K. Banks has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years. She is the Portfolio Marketing Director for Big Data and Data Analytics at Dell EMC. Previously she worked at Juniper Networks in Technical Marketing for the Security Business Unit. She has also worked at VMware and EMC as an SE in the Federal Division, focused on Virtualization and Security. She holds both CISSP and CISA accreditations. Erin has a BS in Electrical Engineering and is an author, blogger, and avid runner. You can find her on social media at @banksek
Erin K. Banks

I love the Strata + Hadoop World Conference (renamed Strata Data Conference) and once again the 2017 conference did not fail me in anyway. I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick recap since I had the privilege of attending.

I love how the keynotes are short and impactful. Wednesday delivered great insight from a conversation with Beau Cronin and Phil Keslin, CTO and Founder of Niantic. Another great session was from Rajiv Maheswaran from Second Spectrum. Niantic created Pokeman Go and some of the great insight that Phil brought was how they started with a strong architecture that they knew would scale. Pokemon GOThey had no idea that it would need to scale so fast or so soon. Although there were sleepless nights, they were prepared and able to solve both the compute and big data problems they encountered immediately. Rajiv’s topic was “When machines understand sports” and it was great to see how they were able to track the movement of the ball and players and how they could transform the data into facts about players, strategies and probabilities as well as changing the overall game. We watch a great deal of basketball, especially now with the NCAA Men and Women’s Championships going on, and to see data analytics applied to the game like never before is really cool. Is there anything that data analytics can’t impact?

hurricaneOn Thursday we got to see (more…)