I’ve grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It’s a fairly human look at what’s involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine…
It has been a busy year so far. Last March, I did a review, as a Technical Reviewer, for a SQL 2017 Machine Learning book. In the summer, the whole family went to the Philippines for a 3-week vacation. Between the Machine Learning book and the vacation, I was working with a book publisher for a possible contract for a SQL book. Well, I was just too busy at that point that I decided not to do it. I still have that sitting in my Someday list, though.
In the first quarter of the year, I was busy trying to check off the goals that I set earlier this year, then suddenly I got uber busy at work and had to put those goals in the backburner. But, then again, that’s not enough reason to not get involved in another book. I wanted to write another book but I cannot just do that at this point. So, I was very excited when Mala asked if I wanted to be a part of her book. I said Yes right away.
Data Professionals at Work is a collection of interviews of, well, data professionals working in the various aspects of the data industry – Database Administrator, Data Development, Data Analysis, Business Intelligence, Data Science, among others. You’ll read about how these professionals got their start in the data world. You’ll read about their opinion on what’s on the leading edge in the industry. You’ll get to read about their a-day-in-the-life-of.
Well, you’ll get a glimpse of what I do for a living in Chapter 26. You’ll read about what I have to say about Agile Methodologies, Best Practices, cloud adoption, etc.
All the interviewees were asked the same set of questions, so you’ll get different takes on the same topics, which is great!
If you’re thinking about moving into the data industry, this is a good book to pick up. You’ll get an idea of how everybody started in their field. This is a good book if you’re just starting out. You’ll get tips on how we approach our day-to-day work, tools that we use, work-life-balance, etc.
A note: My company in the book is showing as JustEnough Software Corp. That since changed to Mi9 Retail Co.
Cast Of Characters
(The following list is copied over from I’m in a book! Data Professionals at Work, sorry Kenneth. I was too lazy to write my own list)
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