Enterprise Data & Analytics Welcomes Shannon Lowder!

I am honored and thrilled to welcome Shannon Lowder (@shannonlowder | blog | LinkedIn) to the Enterprise Data & Analytics team!

Shannon is a data engineer, data scientist, BimlHero (though not listed on the page at the time of this writing), and shepherd of the Biml Interrogator open source project. If you use Biml to generate SSIS projects that load flat files, you need Biml Interrogator.

Shannon, Kent Bradshaw, and I are also co-authoring a book tentatively titled Frameworks. (Confession: Kent and Shannon are mostly done… I am slacking…)

Shannon brings a metric ton of experience to serve our awesome clients. He has years of experience in data analytics, serving recently in the role of enterprise Lead Data Scientist. Shannon’s experience spans supply chain management, manufacturing, finance, and insurance.

In addition to his impressive data skills, Shannon is an accomplished .Net developer with enterprise senior developer experience (check out Biml Interrogator for a sample of his coding prowess).

Shannon is a regular speaker at SQL Saturday events, presenting on topics that include Business Intelligence, Biml, and data integration automation. He is a gifted engineer with experience in framework design, data integration patterns, and Azure who possesses a knack for automation. Shannon is an avid “tinkerer” who enjoys learning. He has experience implementing Azure Machine Learning and applying AI to predictive analytics using sources classified Big Data. Shannon is also a practitioner of data integration DevOps with SSIS. In other words, he fits right in with our team here at Enterprise Data & Analytics!

As Shannon writes on his LinkedIn profile:

I am a data guy with a passion for partnering with clients to solve their database and technology issues. Over my career, I’ve played all the roles: database developer, administrator, business intelligence developer, and architect, and now consultant. I’m the guy you call in when you have the impossible problem and everyone tells you it cannot be solved. I automate solutions in order to free your current staff to do the higher value tasks. I bring solutions outside of traditional relational database solutions, in order to find the shortest path between you and your goals.

As an accomplished Microsoft SQL data professional, recognized BimlHero, and practicing Data Scientist, I’m the resource you need to extract the most value from your data.

I’m humbled and thankful and excited to watch Enterprise Data & Analytics continue to (quietly) grow – adding cool people (another announcement is forthcoming) and service offerings like Data Concierge. It’s very cool to watch!

Welcome Shannon! I’m honored to work with you, my brother and friend.

For more information, please contact Enterprise Data & Analytics!

Honored to be a Certified Microsoft Big Data Professional

I’m so excited and honored to be a Microsoft Certified Big Data Professional! I enjoyed the courses and learned a lot the past seven months. It was super cool to work with Frank La Vigne – co-host of the Data Driven podcast – on the capstone project. (Any time I get to work with Frank, it’s super cool.)

What’s next? I’ve already started taking more courses! I’m currently working on the Processing Real-Time Data Streams in Azure course – which is an elective in the Big Data Professional Program that I did not take. Frank took it, and while Frank and I were working on the capstone project he whipped up an Azure Event Hub demo and… I was hooked. I signed up before we completed the capstone, even!

One note – and this is just my opinion – I think the Big Data program is misnamed. It should be called the Data Engineering program. So much of what I do day in and day out to integrate (or engineer) data is included in the training. If you’re working with SSIS today and want to learn other data integration / engineering platforms, this is the program for you.

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Completed: Microsoft Big Data Professional Program Capstone Project

I’m excited to announce that I’ve completed – with help from my friend and brother and co-host of the Data Driven podcast, Frank La Vigne (Blog | @Tableteer) – the Microsoft Big Data Professional Program Capstone project!

The capstone is the last course requirement (of 10 courses) to complete the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data. The official Professional Program certificate won’t be available until next month, but I’m excited to complete both the capstone and the professional program.

Although there was some data analysis included in the courses and capstone, I found a lot of data engineering was covered in the curriculum. For people wanting to learn more about Azure offerings for data engineering – including HDInsight, Spark, Storm, and Azure Data Factory – I highly recommend the program.

You can audit the courses, gain the same knowledge, and pass the same tests Frank and I passed – and even participate in a similar capstone project – all for free. You only have to pay to receive a certificate.

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Achievement Unlocked: Certified in Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Azure HDInsight

I learned a lot completing Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Azure HDInsight. It’s the most fun Microsoft Virtual Academy / edX course I’ve taken to date!

In completing this course, I finished the requirements for the Microsoft Azure HDInsight Big Data Analyst program. I completed Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight and Processing Big Data with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight late last year.

What’s Next?

I started the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science early last year, but I’m only a few courses into it. Anything worth starting is worth finishing.

I really got a lot out of the Big Data Analyst XSeries program. I’m eyeing the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data program. I’ve already completed some of the courses as part of the Data Science program and the Big Data XSeries program. Some that I haven’t completed look very interesting – like Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake AnalyticsOrchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory, and Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R Server.

It’s time to update LinkedIn

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