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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

New Integration: Freshdesk

We're incredibly excited to announce a new integration with Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer support platform that enables companies of all sizes to provide great customer service.

Topics: integrations

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 3

Day 3 of PLOTCON rolled out the red carpet for some data analytics superstars including the creators of Jupyter and Anaconda. Viraj and Ben started to write their daily wrap-up (check out Day 1, Day 2 and why we're even here, if you missed it), but it quickly turned from a wrap-up to an open fanboy letter to the analytics community. We had to edit it a bit, but enjoy!

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 2

Day 2 of PLOTCON has wrapped, so it’s time for the Astronomer team to debrief from the day. If you missed it, first check out why we’re here and what we learned on Day 1.  

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 1

Ben and Viraj just got done with day 1 of PLOTCON 2016. (If you want to know why they're excited to be there, check out Viraj's post about it.) After all the presentations and exhibitions, they sat down to go over their thoughts and shared their conversation with us. Here’s what they had to say: 

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON 2016: Why We're Excited

I’m in NYC with Ben, our Head of Delivery, to attend PLOTCON 2016, a 4-day conference for data visualization hosted by the makers of Plotly (and RStudio and Domino), which is an open source visualization library. Plotly is one of Astronomer’s favorite open source tools and always gets great reactions from our clients. We plan to document our time here, so look for daily updates! But first, a bit about why we love Plotly:

Topics: data science