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Hello and Thank You DC2!
This week was my, and my company’s, introduction to Data Community DC (DC2). We could not have asked for a more welcoming reception. We attended and sponsored both Tuesday’s DVDC event on Data Journalism and Thursday’s DSDC event on GeoSpatial Data Analysis. They were both pretty exciting, and timely, events for us.
As I mentioned, I’m new to DC2 and new to the “data as a science” community. Don’t get me wrong, while I’m new to DC2 I’ve been awash in data my entire career. I started as a young consultant reconciling discrepancies in the databases of a very early Client-Server implementation. Basically, I had to make sure that all the big department store orders on the server were in sync with the home delivery client application. A lot of manual reconciling that ultimately led to me programming code to semi-automatically reconcile the two databases. Eventually (I think) they solved the technical issues that led the Client-Server databases being out of sync.
More recently, I was working for a company with a growing professional services organization. The company typically hired new employees after a contract was signed; but the new professional services work involved short project durations. If we waited to hire, the project would be over before someone started. We developed a probability adjusted / portfolio analysis approach to compare supply of available resources (which is always changing as people finish projects, get extended, leave the organization) vs. demand (which is always changing as well), that enabled us to determine a range of positions and skillsets to hire for in a defined timeframe.
In both instances, it was data science that drove effective decision making. Sure, you can apply some “gut” to any decision, but having some data science behind you makes the case much stronger.
So, I was fascinated to listen to the journalists discuss how they are applying data analysis to help: 1) support existing story lines; and 2) develop new story lines. Nathan’s presentation on analyzing AIS data was interesting (and a bit timely as we had just gotten a verbal win for a client on doing similar type work, similar, but not exactly the same).
I know the power of data to solve complex business, operational, and other problems. With our new company, SynGlyphX, we are focused on helping people both visualize and interact with their data. We live in a world with sight and three dimensions. We believe that by visualizing the data (unstructured, filtered, analyzed, any kind of data), we can help people leverage the power of the brain to identify patters, spot trends, and detect anomalies. We joined DC2 to get to know folks in the community, generate some awareness for our company, and to get your feedback on what we are doing. Thank you all for welcoming us and our company, SynGlyphX, to the community. We appreciated everyone’s interest in the demonstrations of our interactive visualization technology. Our website traffic was up significantly last week, so I am hoping this is a sign that you were interested in learning more about us. Additionally, I have heard from a number of you since the events, and welcome hearing from more.
Here’s my call to action, I encourage you to tweet us your answer to the following question: “Why do you find it helpful to visually interact with your data?”
See you at upcoming events.
About the Author:
As CEO of SynGlyphX, Mark brings over two decades of experience. Mark began his career at Accenture, co-founded the global consulting firm RTM Consulting, and served as Vice President and General Manager of Convergys’ Consulting and Professional Services Group.
Mark has a M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Technology Professional Services Association (now Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA)).