Meet Richard – our Big Data Hero

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Our own Richard Freeman at JustGiving, wins techUK‚Äôs “Big Data Hero” for October.

TechUK have selected our Lead Data Engineer, Solutions Architect and Data Scientist, Richard Freeman, PhD, to be their Big Data Hero for October 2016!techuk-logo-rgbTechUK represents over 900 member companies in the UK or collectively more than 800,000 people. It works with industry, government and relevant stakeholders to provide advice and guidance on key technology considerations. So we are pleased to have got this recognition and opportunity to share our thoughts and experience.

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One of the insightful questions Richard answered was “What do you think the future holds for Big Data?

“I see more people using machine learning, real-time analytics, graph analytics and natural language processing in their products and applications. For real-time analytics, there is a growing demand from consumers that are much more data aware and impatient. For example they want to know what is happening right now, see the results of their action, and use more intelligent applications and websites that adapt as they are interacting with them.

On the infrastructure side, I see serverless computing and Platform as a Service (PaaS) infrastructure in the public cloud such as AWS and Azure becoming more prominent. Functions in serverless computing are particularly interesting for me, as they can auto-scale within a second, are highly available and are low cost. They are low cost as you only pay for the time your code is executed, rather than for an always-on machine or container like in more traditional cloud infrastructure.

The open source frameworks and programming languages will also continue to grow compared to closed vendor specific products and languages, e.g. Apache Hadoop framework, Python, R, SQL. The same goes for the data storage and access: cloud storage, data warehouses and data lakes will store data in more open rather than proprietary formats, and this will be more accessible over standard application program interfaces (APIs) or open protocols. There will also be growing requirements to analyse unstructured and multimedia data sources…

For more on Richard’s response to TechUK’s questions please read on here

We’re delighted by Richard’s inclusion this month as it underlines our commitment to the technology space as well as it shining a valuable light on the effort our technology teams put into making the world a better place. Congratulations Richard!


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