Kurt is the founder and CEO of Semantical, LLC, a consulting company focusing on enterprise data hubs, metadata management, semantics, and NoSQL systems. He has developed large scale information and data governance strategies for Fortune 500 companies in the health care/insurance sector, media and entertainment, publishing, financial services and logistics arenas, as well as for government agencies in the defense and insurance sector (including the Affordable Care Act). Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
I can just remember a time when airlines only had a business class and an economy class. Now, it will often take five minutes for a gate attendant at most airports to rattle through all the permutations of Silver, Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, Uranium, Plutonium and Mithril flyers to let them know that they can in fact take the left hand lane with the red carpet rather than right hand lane with the plain carpet to get their gears stowed first.
Recently, I've begun seeing signs that I've been expecting for a while, even if I've not been wanting to. There is a tech recession coming. Like Hurricane Harvey, it has been sitting off the coast for a while as a tropical storm, but it has the potential to turn into a category 4 hurricane all too easily.
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours, Harry S. Trumen. After several months where work seemed stalled on several fronts, things finally started to become busier again recently, enough so that I've had only minimal opportunities to update my LinkedIn posts. However, I've been thinking hard about the nature of work for a while now, and have come to some disturbing conclusions about what I think is happening structurally worldwide.
We live in the age of data. Around us, databases contain exobytes about us and the world that we live in. There is a sense, especially among managers and decision makers, that all of that data should be able to tell us something, especially after nearly a decade where "Big Data" as a meme has become one of the most marketed phrases on the planet.
We were running late. I'd stopped to pick up a co-worker for a trip from Seattle to Austin, TX, and he lived far enough out of town that the seemingly short distance to his house was marred by single lane roads, slow moving farm vehicles and the occasional heavy congestion point.