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.