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Closer to the Heart


Closer to the Heart

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Steve Jones
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...data? That's what you DBAs do right? I am just an interloper!!! :-P

I would like to work for a software development tools company in order to attempt to improve things. I know that these companies do try (whilst turning a profit, of course) but I think that there are more radical opportunities. This is because they view the development process as being performed by people with the technical skill levels that these software development tools companies hire although it is well known that they demand the "cream of the crop".

A lot of people don't have the same time, education or abilities as the top 5% and I think this viewpoint is missing.

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I'd like to work on the data and databases feeding the handicapping system for sailing. Clubs return race times for all the different types of boats and these are analysed to produce recommended handicaps for each type.
As the official handicap list is issued around March 1st we're about to get sailing forums full of "why has my handicap changed?" and "X is a handicap bandit boat" :-)
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I've also worked as a DBA across a range of industries - Local Government, software vendor, charity, manufacturing, finance - and my experience tallies with yours, as far as the job is concerned the industry sector doesn't make huge amount of difference (certainly nothing like as much difference as individual company culture).

I think the kind of data that would make me more likely to want to get involved on the report writing side as an excuse to examine the data in detail would be social type data - the kind of thing a polling organization or the census department of government would have access to. To be more UK specific, having access to the Office of National Statistics databases would be very interesting.
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Working for Pandora would be interesting. Seeing how their music genome software works and what sort of database(s) are involved with that. The most interesting data I have worked with has been marketing data. Seeing how census information is tied to marketing data to tell what potential consumers might buy for different clients in different demographics and such. That sort of data works really well in BI dashboards and often has some interesting insights.
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RP1966 (2/13/2015)
...industry sector doesn't make huge amount of difference (certainly nothing like as much difference as individual company culture)...


Definitely agree with that.

Gaz

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Steve, you read my mind. I work in healthcare right now and if I had the chance to work for an NFL team or any sports team that I think would be some very interesting data to examine and see how they use it from day to day.
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Hi Steve,

I already work there.

Recently, I joined a group called Acupera based in San Francisco, but working out of the Cary, NC office. Acupera works in Healthcare in a new space I find fascinating. Rather than focusing on the encounters like most EMR systems, this one uses patent pending technology where we have allowed Physicians to write medical workflows for at risk patients. This way, care providers can see tasks of what they should do for patients, not just read stats and reports.

My interest is to work on some of the hardest problems worth solving and I would like to do that while working with winners. So far, they give me that, with harder problems yet on the horizon.

John
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I have worked in several industries mostlt as a developer but sometimes in a dual role developer/DBA situation (accidental DBA). I have been in the environmental lab industry, supply chain, internet research, asset maintenance & reliability and briefly touched other industries while contracting.

I have always found the work I did in the environmental laboratory industry to be the most interesting. I spent time developing and managing LIMS functionality, integrating with instrumentation and building calculation algorithms with languages that made it challenging. There is so much data in this field coming from instrumentation or manual entry and being reported in numerous different ways that things never got boring.

If I had an opportunity I would strongly consider working for MLB or the New York Yankees. The issue is the commute to NYC from western New Haven county in Connecticut. I did it briefly for the job in internet research, but just did not like it. I would definitely consider sucking it up for a job with one those two organizations but once reality sets in, who knows. A strong third choice would be ESPN in Bristol.
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I have had the opportunity to work for a professional sports team in the Philadelphia area. It was a great time and it is a shining star on my resume. When I initially arrived, we were behind the technology curve by a few years. There was a single developer and they did not have a DBA (this should have worried me more than it did). Over the course of seven seasons, we grew our technology base, built new systems and increased our IT staffing. Analysts were brought in to aid in scouting and contract negotiations. For this sports team, there is a committee that governs the technology that can be used during games. That committee is now embracing more technology and that is changing IT landscape there.
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