Getting Into Big Data as a Consultant

I’m often asked how someone who is a consultant how they can get into Big Data. This is an important subject because it will define your success as consultant in the field. More importantly, it will define how successful your customers will be. Learning If Big Data is brand new to you, learning should be […]

Q and A: How do I improve my skills to become a Data Engineer?

Today’s blog post comes from a question from a subscriber on my mailing list. The questions come from Vaughn S.: How is programming used in data engineering? What do I have to offer at meetups? How can I round out my skillset? How is programming used in data engineering? I really really want to improve […]

Why You Shouldn’t Write Your Own Distributed System

Writing your own distributed system shouldn’t be a task you undertake lightly. Too often, I’m seeing teams create their own distributed system. In my experience, this is because they don’t know or think about all of the ramifications of creating their own distributed system. I say all of these things as someone who’s created 3 […]

What Is Big Data?

You’re starting to learn about Big Data or you’re wanting to learn more about Big Data. You start of by googling “what is Big Data?” You get an answer that doesn’t quite makes sense. The site talks about 3 Vs or sometimes they’re 4 Vs or even 5 Vs. These 3 Vs are usually defined […]

You’re Probably Not a Distributed Systems Engineer

As I’ve worked with software teams, I’ve found some interesting views on distributed systems. Some teams think they’re creators of distributed systems. They usually aren’t. I think there are three main groups of teams that interact with distributed systems: users of end data products, users of existing distributed system frameworks, and creators of distributed systems […]

On Cheating with Big Data

To achieve the scales of Big Data, you have to cheat in some way. Sometimes people call these tradeoffs. In Big Data, I prefer to call them cheats. A tradeoff makes it sound like a small thing, but the reality is that Big Data tradeoffs can make a use case possible or impossible. I don’t […]

When You Have the Wrong Team for Big Data

In my book, Data Engineering Teams, I talk about the right skills and people to be on a data engineering team. The right skills and people are incredibly important to the success, or failure, of a Big Data project. Sometimes it’s easier to understand this point with some real examples. Instead of telling you what […]

Integration Testing for Kafka

We’re creating more and more complicated data pipelines and systems with Kafka. These interactions are becoming even more complex as we create microservices. As we create these complex systems, we aren’t thinking about how to test, debug, or fix them. These 3 parts are the defining factors of a project’s ongoing success. What Are Integration […]

How Training is Delivered – From the Beginning to the End

Teams will often tell me how much better my training classes are than what they’ve had before. They go on to tell me how the training they’ve attended previously were useless. My students are surprised that I can answer programming questions, no matter how difficult they are. I want to share some of the behind […]

Two Halves Don’t Make a Whole

In Chapter 3 of my Data Engineering Teams book, I show you how to do a skill gap analysis. During the analysis of the team, you either say the person has the skill or not. It’s a very binary decision. Some people have written me asking if it can be a fraction. Instead of a […]