A day in the life of...

Fokko Driesprong

The Joy of Applying the Latest Open-Source Technology

The role of Data Engineer can be considered as one of the most sought after positions. What does it mean to be a data engineer and how does it differ from being a software engineer or being a data scientist? Fokko Driesprong, data engineer at GoDataDriven, took the time to give us a glimpse of his daily life.

As soon as I have arrived at the client’s office and have brewed myself a cup of coffee, the first thing I do is open Slack to see if there are any notifications from Apache Airflow. Usually, these are low-priority notifications, as all urgent notifications are always taken care of upon the first notification. If it’s an easy fix, I’ll get on it right away. If not, I’ll schedule it for later or delegate the issue to a team member.

At 9.30 am, the team gathers for the daily stand-up. This is where we discuss yesterday’s progression, today’s schedule, and any issues we’re having.

On Thursdays every other week we discuss the sprint schedule to determine what we’ll be working on.

A day in the life of Fokko Driesprong

Picking The Best Technology for Any Project

My job requires me to work on very diverse projects. The thing that I enjoy most is employing the latest technology for every client, preferably open-source.

For instance, right now I’m working on containerising event stream collectors, to run them on a Kubernetes cluster. It’s always a joy to work with our in-house developed open-source clickstream collector, Divolte, but I don’t mind using other collectors too.

For another client, I recently implemented a Druid platform. There, I had the opportunity to work with Deck.gl, a Superset integration to visualise data in 3D on a map. The cool thing is that Superset was developed by AirBnB as a data exploration tool and that this specific integration was developed by Uber.

Business-Critical Systems with Terabytes of Data

More and more of my work takes place in the cloud, for example setting up date infrastructure on AWS or GCP. When configuring buckets, I make sure that sensitive information – such as personal details – is properly protected using service accounts.

Because I often work on business-critical systems with terabytes of data flowing through them, it’s important for me to be well versed in the underlying technology. If the systems crash, end users no longer get recommendations or the managers’ figures run out of date. When that happens, people get nervous. Naturally, that’s something I always try to prevent.

Apache Airflow

Sharing Knowledge

New tools are made available every day, so needless to say, I’m constantly working to keep my knowledge up-to-date. I read a lot of blogs and I keep up with interesting projects on Github. At GoDataDriven, continuous knowledge sharing is ensured by for example our biweekly knowledge exchanges on Tuesdays and the GoDataDriven Fridays. During this day, everyone gets time to work on their own projects. Me and my colleagues receive a generous training budget, which I use to attend conferences such as Berlin Buzzwords, Spark Summit or Strata Hadoop. As colleagues, we also regularly consult with each other to discuss solutions to challenging issues.

I think it’s important for any organization to develop the ability to work with the system or product we developed independently. That’s why I don’t mind spending time with the client behind the MacBook to give them instructions.

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Sales Manager

GoDataDriven, European leader in Data & AI services, is looking for a Sales Manager for its Swiss office. We have the ambition to become the European benchmark for Data & AI services.

We’re looking for a Sales Manager in the Zurich area who is passionate about building up a business from scratch: closing customers, hiring and managing data professionals, building partnership, and more.

You will work closely with headquarters in Amsterdam and be supported with a centralized hiring and marketing team.

Content Director GoDataDriven

GoDataDriven empowers enterprises to excel and succeed, with smarter products, services, and processes through our data & AI services, consultancy, and training.

As GoDataDriven continues to expand globally, we seek a dynamic, highly-collaborative Content Director to own our content strategy. If you are an expert in creating world-class digital content, have experience turning abstract topics and goals into relevant, digestible media, and feel at home in a fast-paced, international atmosphere, then this leadership role could be yours.

Our organization has a hands-on, pragmatic mindset, so it’s essential that our Content Director plans and executes as well as conceptualizes. Ultimately, your work will help make GoDataDriven a household name in the global data & AI space.

Analytics Engineer

Your passion is data and analytics. You want to create value at our clients by uncovering, organizing, and making sense of data. You understand that it is important to build robust solutions. You feel comfortable to operate in the sweet spot between business and engineering.

📍 Located at Eindhoven or Amsterdam

Analytics Engineer

Your passion is data and analytics. You want to create value at our clients by uncovering, organizing, and making sense of data. You understand that it is important to build robust solutions. You feel comfortable to operate in the sweet spot between business and engineering.

📍 Located at Eindhoven or Amsterdam

Data Engineer

You are a engineer with a pragmatic attitude. You feel the weight of responsibility that comes with taking systems into production. You easily switch between scripting and structured programming in typed languages. You understand cloud, provisioning and automation. And you know how to build robust systems.

Data Science Educator

ou are passionate about sharing your knowledge and helping others in their development and success stories. You feel comfortable explaining difficult subjects on various levels and are adept at creating new learning and development offerings on Data & AI. You are fluent in Python and the most used data science libraries such as pandas and scikit-learn. Clean code comes naturally to you and you understand why that is important for the next generation of data science products.

Data Scientist

We are looking for senior data scientists who feel at home at the intersection between science, mathematics, machine learning, business, and coaching. You have experience in building value from data through ML and software.

Graduate Machine Learning Engineer

You understand ML. You understand that scale is not trivial. You like to code. You are comfortable to be a bridge between data scientists and data engineers to build production-ready, scalable applications driven by data and AI.

Machine Learning Engineer

You understand ML. You understand that scale is not trivial. You like to code. You are comfortable to be a bridge between data scientists and data engineers to build production-ready, scalable applications driven by data and AI.

📍 Located at Eindhoven or Amsterdam