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Seven Steps to High-Velocity Data Analytics with DataOps


To paraphrase an old saying: “It takes a village to get insights from data.” Data analysts, data scientists, and data engineers are already working in teams delivering insight and analysis, but how do you get the team to support experimentation and insight delivery without ending up in an IT versus data engineer versus data scientist war? Christopher Bergh and Gil Benghiat present the seven shocking steps to get these groups of people working together. These seven steps contain practical, doable steps that can help you achieve data agility. After looking at trends in analytics and a brief review of Agile, Christopher and Gil outline the steps to apply DevOps techniques from software development to create an Agile analytics operations environment, including how to add tests, modularize and containerize, do branching and merging, use multiple environments, parameterize your process, use simple storage, and use multiple workflows deploy to production with W. Edwards Deming efficiency. They also explain why “don’t be a hero” should be the motto of analytic teams—emphasizing that while being a hero can feel good, it is not the path to success for individuals in analytic teams. Christopher and Gil’s goal is to teach analytic teams how to deliver business value quickly and with high quality. They illustrate how to apply Agile processes to your department. However, a process is not enough. Walking through the seven shocking steps will demonstrate how to create a technical environment that truly enables speed and quality by supporting DataOps.


Christopher Bergh is a founder and head chef at DataKitchen, where, among other activities, he leads DataKitchen’s Agile Data initiative. Chris has more than 25 years of research, engineering, analytics, and executive management experience. Previously, he was regional vice president in the Revenue Management Intelligence group in Model N; was COO of LeapFrogRx, a descriptive and predictive analytics software and service provider (where he led the 2012 acquisition of LeapFrogRx by Model N); was CTO and vice president of product management of MarketSoft (now part of IBM), an innovative enterprise marketing management software vendor; developed Microsoft Passport, the predecessor to Windows Live ID, a distributed authentication system used by hundreds of millions of users today (and was awarded a US patent for his work on that project); led the technical architecture and implementation of Firefly Passport, an early leader in internet personalization and privacy acquired by microsoft; and led the development of the first travel-related ecommerce web site at NetMarket. Chris began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he created software and algorithms that provided aircraft arrival optimization assistance to air traffic controllers at several major airports in the United States. Chris also served as a Peace Corps volunteer math teacher in Botswana, Africa. Chris holds an MS from Columbia University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, and reader and is the father of two teenagers.