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Talend CEO discusses importance of mining relevant data

Business intelligence only exists by mining relevant data.

Without the ability to find the right data, there’s no actual BI to base decisions upon.

Mining relevant data, however, is no simple task.

Given the organizational complexity of today’s big enterprises — many are multinational with offices around the world, others amalgams of companies sewn together over the years by mergers and acquisitions with product lines that go beyond one small niche — the amount of available data amassed over decades can be overwhelming and disorganized.

To help organizations curate their data and gain meaningful insights, vendors such as cloud Talend, founded in 2005 and based in Redwood City, Calif., along with others such as cloud data integration provider Informatica and MuleSoft, recently acquired by Salesforce, have risen and become specialists in data integration.

In a two-part Q&A, Talend CEO Mike Tuchen discusses in depth the difficulty companies face in mining relevant data.

In part one, Tuchen talks about the general challenges that have developed over the last 10 to 15 years as organizations digitize and pool their data, while in part two he discusses differences large corporations face compared with their small and midsize brethren, as well as Talend’s own strategy in helping organizations deal with their sudden abundance of data.

In terms of mining relevant data, what are the challenges organizations face?

Mike Tuchen, CEO of TalendMike Tuchen

Mike Tuchen: The biggest challenge that every company has is that their data is all over the place. It’s in a lot of different systems. They’re in a lot of different formats — some of them you might know about, but most of them you don’t know about. Where is all the relevant info, and how does it relate to each other? Once you start finding all of this data, you quickly start realizing that you’ve going from not knowing where it is to suddenly seeing you’ve got 10 different versions of everything, and they’re all inconsistent and overlapping. How do you start? Where do you go to find the right information? How do you get all that stuff consistent? Those are the core problems every single company faces.

How has it developed to this point — what has happened in the last 10 to 15 years to lead us to this point where mining relevant data is so difficult?

Tuchen: It was more simple 10 to 15 years ago, but that wasn’t necessarily a benefit. It was simpler because many companies simply hadn’t digitized. They had a whole lot of manual processes, so the data simply wasn’t available in any electronic system. The first part of a digital transformation is digitizing, getting everything in the system and now having electronic workflows, and that’s a huge step forward. But it brings that second step, which is that now you’ve created electronic information which you can start to harness and analyze. That’s a huge opportunity that’s just now starting to be tapped, but it leads to exactly the problems we just discussed. Where is all the data that’s relevant, how does it relate to each other, what’s the correct info, how do I make it consistent and correct and find that information and start there and use that to drive my analysis? That’s where value comes from.

What can a company do to find the data it needs?

Tuchen: One of the first steps a company takes is to start cataloging their data. There are companies like us that provide a data catalog that allows you to understand where all your data is and now get to the point where you have a common definition. When I talk about annual recurring revenue, what’s the actual definition, and how am I defining that here? There’s no accounting standard that says here’s what ARR [annual recurring revenue] means, so you need to define it somewhere, so how do I define that and say here are the source tables where all that kind of stuff is going to form. So you start with cataloging it, and now you start driving that cleaning and governance process, you start pulling the data together, automating the cleanup steps to start making it consistent and correct. And then, as you’ve built out those two core capabilities, you now are at the point where your data is consistent and correct and you know what it is. You’ve defined the most important definitions, and your team knows where to go to analyze it.

Are there potential pitfalls that can arise while mining relevant data?

Tuchen: The secondary problem that’s been created that we’re now starting to touch on is that different analytical teams, without having a catalog to go find the data, are going to start recreating it themselves — you not only have duplicate work being created but in some cases inconsistent work, which is even worse. It’s not just that they’re wasting time that could have been saved, it’s that they’re coming to different results by creating different definitions or different flows that result in different answers. It’s creating more confusion. By creating a catalog, understanding where your data is, and now driving convergence and consistency, you’re starting with the right data and everyone is starting in the same place and maximizing use.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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From farm to cloud to table, ButcherBox serves up a new approach to meat delivery | Transform

The path to a future of mining cloud-based data started in a decidedly low-tech way for Boston company ButcherBox after its founder, Mike Salguero, found himself in a Massachusetts parking lot buying garbage bags of beef from a local farmer.

Salguero’s wife, Karlene, has a thyroid condition, and the couple wanted to switch to an anti-inflammatory diet including lean, grass-fed meat. But they found little beyond ground beef and the occasional grass-fed steak at their local grocery stores — hence the parking-lot purchase. That was too much meat for the couple to eat, so Salguero gave some to a friend, who remarked how convenient it would be to have high-quality meat delivered at home.

“That was the initial spark of the idea for ButcherBox,” Salguero says.

The company launched in 2015, delivering boxes of frozen grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken and heritage breed pork to subscribers, or “members,” around the United States. ButcherBox sells only meats raised without antibiotics or added hormones, ships them in 100 percent curbside-recyclable boxes made of 95 percent recycled materials, and prides itself on partnering with vendors that use sustainable, humane approaches and fair labor practices.

ButcherBox CEO and founder Mike Salguero sits outdoors next to wife Karlene as they hold their twin daughters and their other young daughter sits beside them
ButcherBox CEO and founder Mike Salguero with wife Karlene and their three daughters.

The company offers 21 cuts of meat and subscription boxes ranging from $129 to $270 monthly, depending how many pounds of meat are included.

ButcherBox tapped into a trio of hot retail trends: a demand for sustainable products, consumers’ interest in knowing more about what they’re buying, and an explosion in subscription box companies selling everything from dog toys to fitness gear, even house plants and hygge kits.

ButcherBox doesn’t release sales figures, but Salguero says the company has grown exponentially since its launch, even without seeking venture capital. Collecting and analyzing data became increasingly important as ButcherBox expanded, but the limited data the company had was mainly in Excel spreadsheets and didn’t provide the depth of information employees needed.

Customer service agents, for example, didn’t have access to warehouse data and couldn’t check to see if a member’s box had been filled or where it was. Teams in various departments were pulling data together in ad hoc ways, leading to inconsistent and imprecise insights.

“Depending on which department it was and where they got the data, everyone had their own truths about what was going on in the business,” says Kevin Hall, ButcherBox’s head of technology. “People began to realize there was a need for a single source of truth.”

Salguero puts it another way: “People became entrepreneurial and enterprising in finding ways to answer questions, but as an organization that’s pretty risky, because we don’t even know if it’s right.”

Image of ButcherBox employees posing on the street in front of the company's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The ButcherBox team at the company’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

So the company turned to Microsoft, adopting Azure as its cloud platform about a year ago. It developed a “demand plan” that uses members’ purchasing data to determine how much meat must be ordered and replenished in fulfillment centers. It enabled its approximately 70 employees to create and read dashboards using Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization tool. It interviewed more than 100 ButcherBox subscribers, then used Azure’s Databricks service to analyze their feedback and organize it into easily understandable reports in Power BI.

The interviews revealed a key insight — that the number one reason people were canceling their subscriptions wasn’t lack of freezer space, as previously thought, but value. Based on that finding, the company implemented an “add-on” program offering members perks (free bacon!) and specials on certain products, often undercutting grocery store prices on those promotional items.

More robust data also enabled the company to better determine how much dry ice is needed for each shipped box based on geographic location — a crucial calculation, since too much ice can cause leaks and too little can mean a thawed shipment.

“If someone doesn’t get his or her box or it shows up late, it’s ruined,” Salguero says. “So really understanding our data — what’s shipping, where the boxes are — became the rallying cry of the company in a big way to understand our members and build out our data infrastructure.”

Photo of a ButcherBox cardboard box, made of 95 percent recycled paper, that the company ships its products in.hat ButcherBox ships its products in
The company uses fully recyclable boxes made of 95 percent recycled cardboard to ship its products.

But even the most sophisticated data can’t necessarily provide the type of information gleaned from talking with people face-to-face. Last year, Salguero embarked on what employees jokingly refer to as his “freezer road show,” visiting members’ homes, asking them about their cooking and eating habits and yes, peering into their freezers.

The exercise provided useful insights about the degree to which members rely on ButcherBox meats to feed their families, Salguero says, and showed that subscribers who most often use the food in their freezers tend to plan out their meals. That finding could help with tackling one of the biggest challenges facing a company that sells frozen meat — which is, ironically, to get members to stop using their freezers so much.

“A lot of people think of a freezer as a savings account,” Salguero says. “It’s there for a rainy day, not necessarily the place you go if you want to eat dinner tonight.”

The company is exploring how technology might be used to get more information about what customers are eating, whether through a meal-planning app or other tool, with the goal of prompting them to move food out of the deep freeze and onto the dinner table.

“All of that is a data problem at its core,” Salguero says. “We should know what members are eating and in what order. If we do our job well, we’ll know that member A is eating through X and they have a pork shoulder left over, so if we’re going to send a recipe, we should be sending one for pork shoulder.”

ButcherBox is now focusing on using data science and analytics to provide more personalized service, starting with identifying “clusters” of members who have similar likes and buying habits to determine which products and services to market to them.

“It doesn’t make sense to show someone beef if they’re really a chicken or salmon member,” Hall says. “We’re really looking to understand the data so we can serve members in a much more personalized way.”

Photo of two bone-in pork chops on a wooden board, with bows of salt and peppercorns and a plate with fresh figs and fresh sage leaves
ButcherBox offers 21 different cuts of meat and a range of custom and curated boxes.

Since data showed that members who buy certain types of boxes are more likely to leave, the company began proactively suggesting different options to those members and introduced new subscription plans with varying delivery schedules.

“We’re giving people more flexibility to switch to a plan that comes less often,” says Reba Hatcher, ButcherBox’s chief of staff. “Giving people those options has been really helpful.”

The company’s approach suits Ismael Santos, who lives in Youngsville, a small city in south-central Louisiana. Santos tried various approaches to get high-quality, sustainably raised meat free of antibiotics and added hormones — driving to a grocery store more than 50 miles away, buying at local farmers markets, splitting a quarter- or half-cow with friends. None of the options was ideal, so Santos signed up for ButcherBox almost a year ago.

“It’s hard to get that quality at a good price, and conveniently and reliably here,” he says. “You can go out and buy beef, but you’re either going to pay a ton or you’re not going to get what you’re looking for sometimes. The cost (of ButcherBox) is good compared with going to a store and buying the same quality and quantity.”

Santos also tried several meal-kit subscription services but didn’t consider them a good value and didn’t like being restricted to cooking a particular meal. With ButcherBox, he gets the main part of his meal and builds around it, picking up other ingredients at his local market as needed and sometimes adding items to his box, like ribs or breakfast sausage.

“I like that you can change it up,” he says.

Photo of seven people, mostly ButcherBox employees, standing a ranch between two farm vehicles, with a herd of black cows in background
The company partners with vendors that use sustainable, humane approaches and fair labor practices.

ButcherBox is still in the early stages of using Azure, but Salguero says the move has already radically changed how employees think and operate.

“It’s pretty amazing to see the cultural change because of what we’re doing with Microsoft,” he says. “It’s a totally different conversation. People used to sit around a table and say, ‘I don’t really know what’s happening.’ Now it’s like, ‘Did you pull the data for that?’ or, ‘Let’s look at this dashboard and make a decision based on what we see.’

“The culture has really moved to a reliance on the data that we have,” Salguero says. “People trust the data, and it’s only getting better and better.”

Top photo: ButcherBox CEO and founder Mike Salguero. (All photos courtesy of ButcherBox)

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For Sale – 18 GPU Crypto Mining Farm

18 GPU Crypto Mining Farm

Fully set-up mining rack with 18 GPUs (3 x 6 Rigs). Currently Mining Ethereum using Simplemining.

6 GPU Rig per shelf and Hot Air Extractor on top shelf.

Open frame layout in a Cooling Tent using 2 x Phresh HyperFans (1 Intake on the ground, 1 for exhaust on 4th shelf.

Mining temperatures drop significantly with this solution.

Each rig does between 120-130 MH/s depending on tuning on equihash, so you will buying approx 400 MH/s.

Only used for a short amount of time.

Specs:
Rig1 = 6 x Gigabyte GTX 1060 6GB G1 Gaming

Rig2 = 6 x Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060 6GB

Rig 3 = 6 x Palit Jetstream GTX 1060 6GB

Full Details on Request

Collection only from West London.
Any questions, please ask.

Price and currency: 7000 UKP
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Isleworth
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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 1 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £160
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 1 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £160
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
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Payment method: COD/ BT/ Cryptocurrency
Location: Cardiff, Wales
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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
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Payment method: COD/ BT/ Cryptocurrency
Location: Cardiff, Wales
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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100 each BOTH SOLD
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
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Payment method: COD/ BT/ Cryptocurrency
Location: Cardiff, Wales
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For Sale – 12 Card 1080TI Asus Strix(Or separate cards)

Selling my 12 Card 1080TI Mining Rig-Strix OC 11GB (Or separate cards)

It has been mining in an air conditioned tent with ventilation since January.

I’ve been very careful to keep all cards at around 60-65 degrees by only using light overclock.

I was too paranoid that I might break it.

It has 3 Antec 1300w platinum power supplies. These cost me £280 each.

Asrock BTC H110 Pro
120GB Sandisk SSD
8GB Ram
6x external fans
Mining rig frame is currently £40 on ebay.

I can throw in a screen mouse and keyboard if you want them.

All risers tested and working obviously

It still has plenty of warranty left on the GPU’s and I can help with creating a support ticket if something were to happen to any of them.

This is too expensive to send in the post. I will hand deliver this to anywhere in the UK for a small cost. Probably around 20 quid.

Price and currency: 5000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Bank transfer or Cash
Location: Redhill
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For Sale – GTX1060 6GB & 1050Ti 4GB GPUs with warranty

I’ve decided to do some consolidation of my mining rigs (and use some parts to build a PC for the first time!) so am selling the following cards:

2 x MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Armor 6GB OCV1 @ £175 £165 each
(link to card on MSI site)

2 1 x Zotac Geforce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition @ £100
(link to card on Zotac site)

All cards have been run gently at 60% power running at around 45-50c (for the 1050Ti) and 50-55c (for the 1060) in a well ventilated room.

The 1060 were bought from Amazon UK in January 2018 and have the remainder of a 3 year warranty remaining, the 1050Ti were also purchased from Amazon UK in February 2018 and have the balance of a 2 year warranty remaining. They all have their original boxes, packaging etc. I can add photos if anyone is interested in buying.

Collection also welcome.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: COD/ BT/ Cryptocurrency
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 12 Card 1080TI Asus Strix(Or separate cards)

Selling my 12 Card 1080TI Mining Rig-Strix OC 11GB (Or separate cards)

It has been mining in an air conditioned tent with ventilation since January.

I’ve been very careful to keep all cards at around 60-65 degrees by only using light overclock.

I was too paranoid that I might break it.

It has 3 Antec 1300w platinum power supplies. These cost me £280 each.

Asrock BTC H110 Pro
120GB Sandisk SSD
8GB Ram
6x external fans
Mining rig frame is currently £40 on ebay.

I can throw in a screen mouse and keyboard if you want them.

All risers tested and working obviously

It still has plenty of warranty left on the GPU’s and I can help with creating a support ticket if something were to happen to any of them.

This is too expensive to send in the post. I will hand deliver this to anywhere in the UK for a small cost. Probably around 20 quid.

Price and currency: 5000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Bank transfer or Cash
Location: Redhill
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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