Archives: Technology

Tech Industry Turnover: How You Can Change It

  It’s difficult to argue that there’s a faster-growing industry than technology. It also makes sense. Technology, by definition, is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. We live in a world in which knowledge is power; we’re inundated with information daily from our smartphones, social media, podcasts and television, all of which are • Read More »


Steve Hastings Promoted to Principal Architect

  BELLEVUE, WA., (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) – – Nationwide full-service consulting firm Blueprint Consulting Services recently announced Steven Hastings as Principal Architect of data science. He was promoted from data scientist, a position in which he provided instrumental guidance to accelerate the understanding and implementation of data science at Blueprint.  As a result, led Blueprint’s • Read More »


The Next Big Thing: The Future of Cloud Computing

It should be no surprise to hear that the Enterprise has adopted the cloud and the cloud market is growing. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud survey, 95% of respondents are using the cloud in some form (public, private, or hybrid). At the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit in June, Morgan Stanley Executive Director, Brian Nowak, • Read More »


Spark for the Impatient: Introduction

The Zen of Spark: What is it, exactly? Apache Spark is a general-purpose, distributed, memory-based, parallel computing engine. Man, that’s a mouthful. Although technically accurate, that description comes across as just so much marketing-speech.  But the fact is, we can learn a lot about Spark’s key characteristics by breaking it down. General Purpose: For quite • Read More »


Interop ITX Conference Recap 2017

  This past May, I was one of three panelists on the “10 Things You Need to Know about Data & Data Infrastructure” panel at the Interop ITX conference in Las Vegas, which offered a full IT stack of tracks covering infrastructure, cloud, security, data & analytics, DevOps, and leadership development. I thought I’d share • Read More »


Spark Summit 2017

Spark Summit is a massive event, especially when you consider that it’s focused around a single product in the technology industry.  Spanning 3 days of activities, presentations, networking events and get-togethers it is a truly exhaustive experience for someone interested in big data, data science, machine learning and a host of other practices and buzzwords.  • Read More »


The Business Case For Apache Beam

You’ve just learned about a new streaming data processing technology that would solve many of the technical challenges you are experiencing within your organization today. Unfortunately, it would require significant time and budget to integrate and operationalize within your current solution. Enter Apache Beam. According to the main website, “Apache Beam provides an advanced unified programming • Read More »


E2: Blueprint and Bourbon Podcast

The second episode of our thought-leader podcast, Blueprint and Bourbon, is now available. Listen to hear how our own game-changers would invest $100 million, if given the opportunity, in AR and VR.


Demo Driven Development: PySpark

In a previous blog post, I talked about demo driven development and focusing on demonstrating business value when pursuing development efforts with new technology. If you are an organization that is focused on service based delivery, you may find yourself having to demonstrate your capabilities to deliver a potential solution to a problem that hasn’t • Read More »


Demo Driven Development: Apache Spark

Technology alone does not solve problems. Back in 2014 at Techonomy, Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and Square, put it very well: “To me, technology fundamentally is just a tool. It’s up to us to figure out how to use those tools and how to apply those tools”. In theory, this view of technology • Read More »