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Six Principles for Sending Surveys

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 11 seconds

One of the most common methods an organization can use to collect data is through sending out surveys. At face value, this seems perfectly simple. After all, you just want a few simple answers to a few simple questions.

It’s only when you want to take these responses and try to derive insight out of them that things become very difficult.

Topics: data science

Remote Working Guide: Nashville

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes, 50 seconds

Our team hit the road in November for our first-ever Astronomer remote-working week. Or, as we like to say, we “orbited.” (The metaphor breaks down pretty quickly, but we can’t help ourselves with the space analogies.)

Topics: culture

Ask RBK: Tell Me About Google Analytics

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 2 seconds.

Dear RBK,

Tell me a bit about Google Analytics. What is Google Analytics best at? What can't it do? What other tools can I use to expand on the data that GA provides me?

Sincerely, *Jessica

Out in the field, I connect with prospects and customers from a variety of backgrounds with broad-ranging products and experiences. Not only do I thrive on these conversations, but I also view them as a key way to learn about how their products work and where third-party services provide greatest value to their customers.

Topics: growth

Remote Working Guide: Louisville

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes, 27 seconds

Disclaimer: Astronomer account manager and author of this blog post, Becky Steele, lives in Louisville and shamelessly—no, fiercely—loves her fair city. Although she wasn’t born there, she would tell you that she got there as quickly as she could and plans to stay for life. She is one of a few Astronomers who works remotely full-time and makes a day trip once per week to the Astronomer homebase in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This edition of Astronomer’s Remote Working Guide takes you to Louisville, Kentucky. Or Loo-a-vul. Or Loo-ee-ville? You choose your pronunciation—we accept them all!

Topics: culture

Our Open Source Philosophy

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds

Last year, I wrote a blog post about why we built our platform on AWS and rebuilt it with open source. It chronicles our journey to build our ideal unified system, one that checks all our boxes (like cross-infrastructure, secure, efficient, highly available, self-healing and able to execute long running processes as well as spin up one-off processes and specialized clusters of machines on the side). 

But this post is different.

Topics: culture dev

Why Is My Data Playing Hard to Get?

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes, 3 seconds

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that we talk a lot about everything industries (from healthcare to the NBA) can do with data properly structured and stored. But what kind of data are we talking about and why exactly is it so hard to access, organize and store?

Topics: data science

Approach The Next Data Initiative Like A Data Analyst

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes and 18 seconds

As a data analyst, I’ve been fortunate enough to have been a part of numerous big data initiatives with several organizations. Some of those projects were big successes, but others were epic failures (big data can be a big challenge). From those failures, I’ve developed a few guiding principles that I use when tackling any new data project, in any industry. So, in an effort to prevent others from repeating my past mistakes, here are my three main tips to a successful foray into big data …

Topics: growth

Building an Unforgettable Product

*Thanks to Nick Kumbari for this awesome space pirate illustration. 

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes, 26 seconds

My friend Luke once told me a story about a time from early childhood when his father took him on an unforgettable adventure. Now a designer, he has been peeling back the layers of this adventure, uncovering valuable lessons scattered amidst the glow of nostalgia. These lessons have shaped his career and sent him down a path of pursuing the art of building great products and great brands.

Topics: culture

A Data-Driven Thanksgiving


New Integration: GitHub

We're incredibly excited to announce a new integration with GitHub, a web-based Git repository hosting service offering all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

Topics: integrations