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Meet Our Team: Matt Coventon

May 17, 2016 | by Daniela Williams, Project Manager | Tags: Meet Our Team

Welcome to the first installment of a series of Q&A blog posts. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I'll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.

First up is our website cover model, Matt Coventon (yep, all the people in our website photos are actual team members). Matt is a Senior Engineer and the practice lead for the Big Data professional service. So sit back, learn a bit about Big Data, and get a sneak peek at Matt's presentation at the In-Memory Computing Summit comingup on May 23rd-24th.

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Mother Knows Best: SQL to NoSQL and Back Again

May 12, 2016 | by Frank Bertsch, Software Engineer | Tags: Big Data

One problem with the Big Data paradigm is the lack of Big Data capable software engineers. Why is this? Let's check off the reasons:

  1. It is hard to reason about parallel computation. Steve Jobs was famous for saying that "nobody knows how to program [multi-core]. I mean two, yeah; four, not really; eight, forget it." Now take those eight cores and multiply it across tens, hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of machines. This is a difficult problem.
  2. There is a constantly changing ecosystem of tools, languages, and work flows. This leads to confusion among newcomers on which to learn and use, and which are irrelevant.
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Culture of Appreciation

May 10, 2016 | by Briana Hoffman, Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager | Tags: Company Culture

I'll start with a story. Many years ago in the first few days of my marriage, a seemingly small event opened my eyes to a truth that has become one of the most important principles that I live by. 

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5 Do's and a Don't for Mobile Development with Xamarin

May 05, 2016 | by Clay Schumacher, Senior Software Engineer | Tags: Mobile App Development

Lessons Learned Using Xamarin to Port Production C# .NET to Android

Recently Microsoft announced they plan to acquire Xamarin, a commercial development platform for creating cross platform mobile apps in C# .NET. This may have been the first time you heard of Xamarin, or maybe you took a second look to see what it can offer.

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