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T-SQL Tuesday #150: My First Technical Job

T-SQL Tuesday is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (blog). Currently, Steve Jones (blog, Twitter) is maintaining this amazing initiative.

This month’s topic has been chosen by Kenneth Fisher (blog, Twitter), “What was your first technical job?”

My first technical Job

After finishing University College in June 2013, I started as an Operational Data Analyst for a Belgian online gaming company. The company where I started did not have a data warehouse, nor any automated reporting at that moment.

My first technical project, besides ad-hoc data analysis, was to set up a data platform solution in Cloudera (Hadoop based platform) to allow the analysis of game-specific information, log files, customer behaviour…

At the beginning of this project I first needed to spend a lot of time learning new technologies like:

  • Apache Hadoop
  • Apache Sqoop
  • Apache Pig
  • Apache Spark (started with version 0.9.1)
  • Scala Programming Language

Once I got hold of the basics I was able to start the project. During the development process of this project, I was often challenged to find out of the box solutions since not every action that I wanted to execute was available in the chosen technologies.

In our first release, we already included the first automated reports which was a huge step forward. This allowed us to spend more time on new development than recurring reporting.

After 2,5 years, when the basic setup of the data platform solution was done, I decided to leave the company and start to focus on the Microsoft Data Platform.

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