About the Blog

Its about anything and everything. I, Steven Hancock started this blog for a variety of reasons. I want to start documenting my life and sharing that with others, whether that's family, friends, strangers or my future self. I also want to start sharing my experiences with others in hopes that others can learn from me. Perhaps I can help someone set up an Ubuntu server, write a Django Web Application, or setup a Phonegap Mobile App.

That's it. I'm hear to share. Nothing more, nothing less. I will be covering a wide variety of topics so feel free to browse for the blog entries that interest you most.

IBM Insight 2015

November 26, 2015

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of attending IBM Insight 2015. It is IBM's data and analytics conference with hundreds of sessions. The conference was held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were thousands (tens of thousands?) participants. The conference focused a lot on IBM solutions (of course). However, there were many sessions that were relevant to someone who doesn't use a single IBM product.

Why Insights?

Vendasta, my current employer, sent me for a learning experience and as a perk of my job. I had my pick of conferences, but I decided on ...

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Why I Love to Work (And Work 60+ Hours a Week)

October 13, 2015

I have found a job that I love. I work with amazing people. I have a wide variety of responsibilities. I use lots of different technologies. I learn new things every day. I love working. I love working my regular 8-5 work day. But yet I also love coming in early and staying late. I love bringing work home. I love experimenting on weekends. My job is a blast!

What's there to love?

I work with great people. They aren't just smart. They don't just come from different backgrounds. They don't just challenge me. The best ...

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Where does a data science team fit in within an organization?

August 31, 2015

Throughout my short career as a data scientist I've bounced around through different departments. Our team has expanded by adding members with diverse backgrounds. We've worked on sales and marketing projects, product performance indicators, and financial metrics. And yet we still haven't found our place within the company. So, I'm going to take a look at the industry and see where it puts data science.

Universities

There are various Universities and Colleges throughout North America that offer data science programs. Some of these post-secondary institutions offer their data science courses through departments of business, statistics, computer ...

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GitHub Vanity Metrics

April 4, 2015

My day job is developing and understanding performance indicators from software to business metrics. We are trying to create a company culture that relies on measuring performance. One of our greatest difficulties is getting coworkers (specifically developers) to occasionally look at the different metrics that we have available to them. Most only care about the metrics that direct relate to them. Who cares what the companies churn rate is? Well everyone should, but the reality is that many developers don't. Part of my job is to show developers (and everyone else) how the performance indicators relate to them, even ...

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More Twitter Followers Please!

March 24, 2015

Who wants more Twitter followers? I do! I know it's just a vanity metric but having lot's of followers will make me feel good. It would great knowing that a couple thousand people are hanging on my every word (hopefully they are real people and not bots). A larger following will give me some validation that what I'm doing on Twitter is being appreciated.

Here's the problem. It can be hard to get people to follow you on Twitter. I've tried various kinds of content. I've tried providing more content. Nothing seems to really ...

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