There are a bunch of factors that impacted my decision to join Okera. As you read this, keep in mind that I already had a good job at a good company — but I found Okera to be something special.
Many Enterprises would start quickly with data lake projects. A business requirement was defined, such as a new product or Customer 360 analytics. It was relatively straightforward to start:
- Use the Cloud – easy access to virtually unlimited compute/storage.
- Compile data into an Object Store – S3 or other Blob Storage.
- Leverage Analytics services like Qubole or Databricks.
- Deploy to Production.
When faced with tough challenges, such as scaling, engineers will step up and build what is needed for the business to flourish. However, these are very difficult technical hurdles. Even with Herculean efforts, most companies experience limited success, achieving only a limited use of their data.
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Lastly, great technology is one thing. It is a completely different thing to build a great place to work. I have had the fortune (or misfortune) of working for less than successful companies which left a strong sense of what to look for in a small company. I found everything I was looking for at Okera!