What products & improvements are new on AWS?

Amazon is releasing new products & services to it’s global cloud compute network at a rate that has all of our heads spinning. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s new stuff worth mentioning around databases & data. 1. For ETL – AWS GLUE Moving data from your transactional MySQL or …

Five ways to get your data into Redshift

Everybody is hot under the collar this data over Redshift. I heard one customer say, a query that took 10 Hours before now finishes in under a minute. Without modification. When businesses see 600 times speedup, that can change the way they do business. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. What’s …

5 data points I track for reputation & career building

When I tell people I’ve been independent for two decades, they often look at me surprised. How do you do that? How do you keep business coming in? Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a freelancer you surely have to be on top of changing trends, and where the wind …

Sean Hull interviewed on the Doppler Cloud podcast

I recently got a chance to talk with Mike Kavis over at Cloud Technology Partners. It was fun to get away from the keyboard, and in front of the microphone for a change. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Docker Docker is making deployments easier & easier. But as the …

Is Redshift outpacing Hadoop as the big data warehouse for startups?

More and more startups are looking at Redshift as a cheaper & faster solution for big data & analytics. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Saggi Neumann posted a pretty good side-by-side comparison of Redshift & Hadoop and concluded they were tied based on your individual use case. Meanwhile Bitly engineering …

Why I like Etsy’s site performance report

Etsy publishes a great tech blog titled Code As Craft. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I was recently sifting through some of their newer posts & stumbled upon their Q2 2015 Site Performance Report. It’s really in-depth, though not impossibly technical. Here’s what I liked. 1. Transparency to business & …

My blog traffic is growing – using 5 killer tactics

With a million websites & blogs offering endless advice on growing your blog, it took me awhile to get it right. But after months of experimentation I’m getting steady growth in traffic. Where once 10,000 visitors in a month seemed like a dream, now it’s regular. Here’s what I do. Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings …

Performance Metrics – What are they and why are they important?

In order to understand how fast your website is, we need some numbers.  We call these fancy numbers performance metrics, objective measures that we can track over time.  We can track them for seasonality as well as website traffic and growth.  But we can also track them for feature and application changes based on deployments …

Big Data – What is it and why is it important?

There’s lots of debate about exactly what constitutes “big” when talking about big data.  Technical folks may be inclined to want a specific number. But when most CTOs and operations managers are talking about big data, they mean data warehouse and analytics databases.  Data warehouses are unique in that they are tuned to run large …

Venue Analytics – What is it and why is it important?

Analytics provide insight into what your web traffic represents.  It helps you answer questions like: Who visits my website and what do they read? What do those users click on? How can I turn those users into customers? Venue analytics is a growing area of tracking that provides this type of insight to venues, restaurants, …