Data Legends Podcast with Wes Gelpi: Special 2 Part Series
Part 1 - Wes Gelpi: The Untapped Potential of Kubernetes
Leading a team of data and analytics professionals isn’t easy; it takes more than just understanding the goal. It’s about the journey and how the people on the journey collaborate.
Wes Gelpi, Director of Research & Development at SAS, joins us in a special 2-part episode. Gelpi has a rich history of taking challenging situations and running with them. From working in compensation to overhauling HR systems, they have a knack for getting to the heart of an issue and working with a team to find the best solution.
In part 1, Wes dives into his day-to-day efforts at SAS:
- The two ways to lead a team for the best return on creativity
- Why Kubernetes is an untapped potential for cloud application management
- What critical skills are needed for a team to effectively work together
Team leadership tools to peak creativity ROI
As a practiced expert in data analytics and custom engineering, Wes Gelpi shares how he jump-started his career in the virtual world. With a background in human resource analytics and spending some time in the retail sector, Wes decided it was time to take his skills to the next level.
Gelpi began developing data science functions for internal HR use and built custom data engineering visualizations and virtualization technology.
Now, directing independent research and development systems, Wes focuses on computing workload management to Kubernetes software engineering while managing multiple teams of professionals. When speaking about the groups Wes manages, he shares two ways to motivate and inspire his team to work creatively.
“The first is freedom for creativity, freedom for the mind to wander and think creatively about a problem. The second is connectivity to customer impact.” –Wes Gelpi
To produce work that returns your investment and connects the customer to the product, Wes has found it crucial to create a space that allows engineers' minds to think creatively.
A hidden mine of untapped potential
Considering all the different types of technology, Wes Gelpi believes Kubernetes, an automating software management system, is rising in this field.
“Kubernetes can be leveraged to drive stronger resiliency within your platforms and applications. It helps teams be more innovative by giving them a safe space to do work.” –Wes Gelpi
Gelpi agrees the adoption of Kubernetes by other companies is currently low. However, the world of data analytics and software engineering has yet to recognize the potential benefits.
Undoubtedly, when companies unbury the gold mine that is Kubernetes, they will appreciate the well of applications and benefits.
Critical skills to elevate effective teamwork
Having a safe space is critical for creatives to think effectively and work. This is particularly true when brainstorming new ideas or taking a novel approach to traditional work systems.
Likewise, a safe space is vital for the creative process of engineers and designers. But unfortunately, many organizations take the approach of micromanaging, disrupting the creative process of employees.
Wes Gelpi found a balance between ensuring the team is on-task and allowing creative freedom.
Preferring to check in at the end of the day with each team member allows employees to capitalize on the time they have available throughout the workday, driven by creativity and initiative. In addition, this will enable leaders to avoid instilling fear or non-essential checkpoints in the workplace.
Attributing team success to visualization and performance, Wel Gelpi argues that having a team or project vision is one thing while implementing the idea into something tangible is another thing entirely.
Part 2 - The Data Management Triangle: Lake, Warehouse, Virtualization
In part 2 of our conversation with Wes Gelpi, Director of Research & Development at SAS, we dive into the importance and differences between data lakes, warehouses, and virtualization.
Gelpi has a rich history of taking challenging situations and running with them. From working in compensation to overhauling HR systems, they have a knack for getting to the heart of an issue and working with a team to find the best solution.
Hear about Wes’ work at SAS and learn about:
- Data management through lakes, warehouses, and virtualization
- How data lakes and warehouses can work together
- Why data virtualization brings together lakes and warehouses for the end user
Navigating the triangle of data management
The process of managing data is complex. However, you can break it into three central systems: lakes, warehouses, and virtualization.
Delving specifically into the architecture industry, Wes Gelpi explains that there are three main factors to consider:
- The mixture of data that you’re working with
- The speed at which you need that data
- Who needs the data
To store data, you should extract, load, and transfer (ELT) with a focus on data retention policies. It’s also crucial to strategically keep data in the correct area.
The value proposition for the lake is the amount of storage which differs from the warehouse. The data warehouse is built for structure instead of space.
A collaboration between data lakes and warehouses
The value proposition for the lake is the amount of storage that can be housed. This is different than the warehouse, which is made for structure instead of space. By pairing the data lake and warehouse, organizations are offered a choice and can tailor data views depending on the situation or project.
“All of your data is stored in a lake or warehouse for a specific reason, and now you can create almost infinite views of that data in the virtualization space for your users to build custom views without having to change or replicate your physical data.” –Wes Gelpi
They work together by creating a space for data depending on whether a more structured or quantitative approach is required for the specific context.
Moreover, the ability of modern virtualization technologies allows for a customizable data view for various users and purposes. This technology allows data storage to be simplified and customizable and meets each user where they stand without significant technical involvement or manipulation.
More information about Wes and today’s topics:
Read the Blog: Data Lake vs Data Warehouse
Check out the Report: 2022 Cloud Data & Analytics Survey Report