Darragh McConville
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I joined Kainos in 2005, spending several years as a Software Engineer developing and supporting Financial Services applications. Then, as a founding member of Kainos' Workday Practice I was responsible for leading the delivery of integration functionality between SaaS and on-site systems. I've spent time as a Product Architect and Product Owner and I was the founder of our Data & Analytics capability in 2014. Currently, I'm responsible for leading engineering teams that build contemporary data processing solutions. I enjoy working with talented people and I thrive on the challenges that Kainos provides. When I'm not on-the-job, I'm usually up a mountain or in a squash court. Game anyone?
Darragh's Posts
Reflections on Strata Data 2019
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Reflections on the Strata Data Conference 2019 in London.
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Getting started with Big Data & Analytics (4/4)
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Ten crucial steps to establish a foundation for organisation-wide success.
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And Then There Were Two
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Like many others, we were quite surprised at the news that the proverbial guns had been lowered between Cloudera and Hortonworks after a decade of intense rivalry.  The news of their mega-merger percolated through social media circles with admissions of shock but not horror. And although I was reminded of a prior premonition, I was as…
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Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (3/4)
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Four steps to getting started with Big Data and Analytics
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Why we also feel Arcadia Data is very cool
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Darragh McConville explains why we identified Arcadia Data as a unique Big Data Analytics platform
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Why Workday’s acquisition of Platfora makes sense.
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I’ve spoken to a few people this week who have expressed surprise at Workday’s acquisition of Platfora.  I wanted to pen this blog to explain why I feel it makes sense. What is Platfora? Platfora is an Hadoop-only, big data discovery platform that includes data preparation and visualisation.  Its goal is to empower business users to…
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Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (2/4)
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This post picks up where my previous Focus post left off. Build The Build phase will see you create the right capability and construct the minimum viable platform and pipeline to deliver insight quickly. 4. Develop skills In order to succeed, your foray into analytics will require new skills and expertise. You will need a mix of technologists and business experts who…
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Getting Started with Big Data & Analytics (1/4)
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I’m often asked on by clients on the best approach to starting on their big data journey. I prefer to describe it as an analytics journey, or adventure, if you will.  I would like to discuss the ten steps I see as being crucial to establishing a foundation for organisation-wide success. I see these ten steps falling nicely…
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Five Sins of a Big Data Architect
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As a Big Data Architect you are responsible for the successful implementation of next-generation analytics platforms.  You must oversee the integration of these platforms into existing technology estates. Below are five of the common pitfalls that you should avoid. 1. Making Hadoop an Either/Or Decision “Should we go for Teradata or Hadoop?” – if you find…
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Ten Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World
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Manhattan was overrun with almost 6000 big data and analytics enthusiasts last week.  The Strata + Hadoop conference was hosted as part of NYC Data week and myself and Thomas Swann represented Kainos.  The enthusiasm and excitement from the attendees was palpable, with the realisation that our industry is now in the midst of a genuine revolution.  Below are ten…
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