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!
Name: Greg Meehan
Title: Senior Business Intelligence Consultant
Years with Datasource: 1.5
Total Years Industry Experience: 14
Current Home City: Denver, CO
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
So far, I have served as a Microsoft SSAS Architect and Developer on a project for a large food manufacturer building a high-performance data analysis platform with data from SAP.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Always something new.
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
I love that my job is to solve problems. Clients bring us in to help them leverage data to run their business better, and there are always unique challenges with this. I feel so fortunate that I get to do something I consider fun for a living.
I also love that Datasource has so many practices across Enterprise Data Management. I think spanning areas like Data Governance and Master Data Management adds so much to my traditional focus of Data Platform delivery.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
The pace at which technology changes. When I look at BI tools from when I started my career compared to now, I am amazed at how far we have come. When you start thinking about the role the cloud, big data, compression, and ever cheaper computing resources will play, I believe the pace will only accelerate. Keeping up with that change is challenging, but it is also very engaging. The dynamism in this industry keeps me on my toes.
What is on your bucket list?
I would really like to travel to New Zealand. I also have a goal to ski every area in Colorado.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
Spanish was my worst subject in school. I kept at it through high school and college, and even studied abroad, and finally became proficient. I remember running into my high school Spanish teacher years after graduation when I went back to give a speech on the transition to college. When I spoke to her en Español, she literally cried because I improved so much. If she heard me now she would cry again because I’ve forgotten most of it, but I was really proud that day.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Skiing, camping, and cooking. I also love coaching youth soccer and going to Rockies games.
What is your hidden talent?
I can identify a song within a split second. Sometimes even on the very first note. While this has impressed friends and family riding in the car with me, I have yet to turn this skill into anything more useful.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
My favorite subject in school was always science, and I always loved analyzing the data after doing the labs - getting the data was the big payoff. Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell once said that if you can’t reduce something to numbers, you don’t really understand it. I really believe that and have loved data and analysis since my school days. It helps me understand the world.