This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too!
Years with Datasource: <1
Current Home City: Littleton, CO
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I have been on the bench for most of the short three months I’ve been with Datasource, but I believe this time on the bench has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know the organization. I’ve been able to dive in and truly understand the various competencies and their supporting methodologies and artifacts. This will prove extremely valuable once I’m on assignment, as I will know the basis for the methodologies as well as where to look to find resources.
This bench time has also given me an opportunity to see all the hard work that the goes on right here in the office. Linzie is always more than happy to help get the necessary access or equipment I need to do my job, and Allison has been extremely helpful with providing much-needed help in adding Datasource flair to various slide decks I’ve been asked to work on. Everyone has been very kind and supportive, so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you!
The projects I’ve worked on during my short stint here are: building a Scope Management Training deck, work with Eric Linneman, our Cloud Competency Director, on creating a Cloud Readiness Assessment, and finally, assisting with BA interview tool testing. I have also been focused on acquiring the necessary training to make myself more marketable for Datasource. For instance, I have completed the AWS Business Professional, AWS TCO and Cloud Economics, Intro to Big Data and Intro to Data Science. I am currently working on SQL Boot Camp and Kimball Methodology.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Warm, Inviting, Professional
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
I love that everyone here is very supportive in helping each other grow and be successful. This includes kind and encouraging conversations sprinkled with constructive criticism when you have had a tough day. It also includes leading you to the necessary training and tools to help you solidify the skills to make you more marketable.
I also love that everyone is very down to earth, easy going, love to have fun, but are also extremely professional
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
I would say that what challenges me and motivates me the most here at Datasource is knowing there is so much to learn. I came here with over 15 years of experience working as a BA and working on various data migration and integration projects, and I’ve completed a year and a half of my Master’s Degree in Data Science. So, I came with tremendous confidence in my skillset, however I have been truly humbled seeing all there is still to learn and working with people who are truly leaders in PM/BA, MDM, and Cloud.
A lot to learn in a short amount of time is what both challenges and motivates me.
What is on your bucket list?
I love to travel. I have been to Australia and Costa Rica a few times, but would love to go back. I would also love to take a trip to Greece. Greece has been on my bucket list since I was a kid. I love boating, so I’d love to charter a boat and travel through the Caribbean.
Personal accomplishments on my bucket list would be to play the drums.
A career accomplishment would be to acquire the necessary skills and experience to be well rounded and in-demand in the Cloud and Big Data Architecture competencies here at Datasource.
What are you proudest accomplishments?
Achieving my under graduate degree and working towards my graduate degree are two of my proudest accomplishments.
I am also proud of the trips that I take alone as it helps me to grow as an individual.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I have three beautiful teenagers and two dogs that keep me busy. So, right now I do not have a whole lot of time for hobbies, but I do enjoy growing more in my faith, relaxing walks in nature, cooking, and constantly learning something new.
What is your hidden talent?
Not sure what my hidden talent is - I suppose that means it’s well hidden :). Does sarcasm count? I am really good at sarcasm. I have also been told that I have a witty sense of humor. That is probably because I love to laugh.
What phobias do you have?
Acrophobia, arachnophobia, and herpetophobia
Please, please do not use these against me.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
Early in my career in the technology sector, my program manager had me work on a data quality project as well as a data migration project. I was able to dive in and learn basic SQL skills. I instantly fell in love with data; understanding the data architecture, migrations, integrations, and data quality.