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What is the difference between Data Scientists V Data Engineers?

Albert Einstein one of the greatest Mathematicians & Physicists of all time

Albert Einstein one of the greatest Mathematicians & Physicists of all time

Data Scientist V Data Engineer? As these roles have become particularly sexy in the IT industry but what are the real differences? 

Since I’ve been recruiting in the Big Data space for the past 4 years I’ve noticed Big Data product development shops & the IT industry in general creating this differentiation...

 

So what do these two roles actually do?

 

Data Scientist 

Basically a mathematician who uses a lot of mathematical & statistical modelling to work out what they want the data to do. They’re not hardcore developers so tend to use scripting languages (Python) & statistical tooling like MatLab & R Shiny.

 

Data Engineer 

This is a software developer who works with the data to put the rigour & engineering around it to create a robust software product. They’ll code in native languages like Scala for Spark, C++, Java or C#.Net & work with the Big Data platform technologies like Hadoop, HDFS, Spark, TenserFlow etc interacting with tools like Git, Docker and creating UIs for users to interact with BIG Data building these in web - JavaScript, React, Node etc.

 

So let's check out a few infographics to highlight the differences....

 

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

Source: Data Camp blog https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-scientist-vs-data-engineer

 

So I hope that helps explain the differences and no doubt as this fascinating area continues to grow (or should I say scale ;-) other roles will continue to morph.

 

We currently have a variety of Data Science & Data Engineering roles live in Christchurch, New Zealand please check out:

 

Data Scientist

 

Senior Data Scientist

 

Data Analytics Engineer

 

Data Engineer

 

Senior Data Engineer

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within data science, data engineering, software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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What are the latest IT jobs, the future IT jobs and the ones that are dead & gone?

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A lot of people get freaked out about the robots taking our jobs but the reality is that these current IT jobs never even existed 10 years ago:

 

Data Scientist

Big Data Engineer

Analytics Engineer

Digital Marketer

Social Media Consultant

SEO Specialist

Blogger

DevOps Engineer

Cloud (Azure or AWS) SysAdmin

Test Automation Engineer

Cloud Architect

BI Architect 

UX Designer

UI Applications Developer (React or Angular)

Mobile Apps Developer (iOS or Android) and so on…..

 

The reality is that these IT roles are just extensions of similar roles using newer technologies and new platforms as technology is further derived or matures.

 

Were you a Web Master or maybe a Web Mistress?

 

Some jobs have even come and gone...like video store or record shop assistant...internet cafe manager (about to disappear)...But really the ones that are truly dead & gone are computer programming jobs with punch cards in the early IBM & Burroughs days….Switchboard, Telegraph & Dictaphone operators…word processors / typists, filing clerks, business machine operators (i.e. photocopiers) hahaha yes this made me laugh - you actually had someone in a corporate office to ‘operate’ the photocopier, although let’s face it that paper was always hard to find and when that bleedin’ photocopier started spraying out reams of paper Noooooooo…and as for fax machines don't get me started...computer operators…the list goes on…

 

Roles for the next 10 years are already starting to appear:

 

AI (Artificial Intelligence) / Machine Learning Engineers 

Algorithm Engineers

Web Scientist (there’s a new degree in the UK in Web Science)

WebOps

Blockchain Developer

Drone Operator

Uber driver

Marijuana Farmer (not new but now legal in Colorado & other states in the US)

Grocery Personal Shopper (the way your internet order actually gets picked is by someone in the supermarket pushing around a trolley collecting your items) until robots get smarter…..

 

AI is rapidly expanding and will majorly impact our lives but that's another story.....

 

The new roles are already coming apparent but really what it really boils down to is CODING SKILLS & the ability to PROBLEM SOLVE. Employers are always lookIng for strong technical skills and the ability to communicate within technical discussions. In saying that some languages like C++ that were predicted to be gone by now, have not due to their fast performance abilities in gaming, hardware & development & High Performance Computing they live on. There’s always legacy issues that have even seen Cobol programmers still in demand by many of the large banks & insurance companies. 

 

It’s exciting times within the IT industry but it always pays to keep your skills current and continue to enjoy learning new ways of improving efficiency & performance with new technology, platforms, frameworks & tooling. Being a continuous ‘LIFE LEARNER’ will always hold you in good stead and ensure a long & fulfilling career in IT.

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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Canterbury Tech Summit 2017

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Another amazing event this year with a record crowd of 700 attending the Canterbury Tech Summit in Christchurch!

It’s a fantastic gathering of the Christchurch tech community meeting up with old faces & new.

I think what inspires me the most is the gathering of a common ethic to work together building great IT companies & products in software & hardware. 

It makes me proud of such a gathering of talented people and getting pumped on inspirational speakers really gets the motivational juices flowing reminding me of the grit, determination & resilience whether you’re in a start-up, software house, technology company or corporate striving to be the best you can.

 

Here's a great video re-cap of this awesome IT conference in Christchurch that has become an annual showpiece of the South Island IT community

 

 

 

Keynote speaker & marketing guru Andy Cunningham was fired 5 times by Steve Jobs ...amazing war stories & presentation!

 

Andy Cunningham delivering a great opening keynote at the 2017 photo by Canterbury Tech

Andy Cunningham delivering a great opening keynote at the 2017 photo by Canterbury Tech

 

Digital Marketing guru Andy Cunningham on companies - 'Know your Super Power' your 'Onlyness'! The thing you do better than anyone else.

 

Once again a very well attended event & a highlight of the Christchurch tech calendar photo by Canterbury Tech

Once again a very well attended event & a highlight of the Christchurch tech calendar photo by Canterbury Tech

 

There was a variety of topics & speakers from AI, Machine Learning, BIg Data, Security, Digital Disruption, Design Thinking, Cloud, Bitcoin & the Blockchain....

 

AI Forum of NZ photo by Canterbury Tech 

AI Forum of NZ photo by Canterbury Tech 

Here's to another great software summit and I'm already looking forward to the next one in 2018! Thanks again to the Canterbury Tech committee for another superbly organised event and to all those who attended.

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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Web Designer? Love graphics? Work on leading edge software products?

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Do you like designing with front-end & back-end devs working on software products to give scintillating customer experience?

We have a couple of hot web design roles we’re currently recruiting for awesome software house clients in Christchurch.

 

Senior Web Designer / Graphics Designer, $70k-$90k + Puzzles + Toys + Robots + Yoga + BringYourDogToWork + Flexible working

Are you a Design visionary? Work within agile creating & designing a suite of global software products……

please check out the role here

 

Intermediate Web Designer (Adobe Creative Suite), $60k-$80k + training + insurance + sit/stand desks + fruit/drinks fridge + Flexible working

Are you a solid web designer using CSS3/HTML5/SASS? Want to work in an agile team delivering to Big Brands?

please check out the role here

 

Jump on in - contact Paul now sending your CV to paul@sunstonetalent.com

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.

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Why do companies use IT Contractors?

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In this blog I’ll give you some reasons why companies use them, some pitfalls to watch out for and some tips on how to manage IT Contractors…

 

Why should I use an IT Contractor?

 

***When your team needs more resource but not enough to justify a full-time hire

***They are a specialist that can solve a specific problem / provide a specific solution for you

***Provide Expertise in a knowledge domain / hard-to-find skill set

***Great when you have a project budget & you can use skilled experts to resource this

***Flexible Resourcing - time of engagement from hours, weeks, months or years if needed

***Short notice periods i.e. 1-2 weeks is standard for 3-6 month contracts

***You only pay for work performed 

***They can bring new ideas / different ways of working

***Up-skill other team members

***Look at overall methodologies / processes to improve 

***Can provide coaching on new ways of working i.e. Agile / Scrum or TDD/BDD/DDD etc

***Can focus on a specific piece of work the team has been struggling with / are fed up with

***Can be paid for in Capex budget rather than Opex

***Fill a key gap that may become vacant due to maternity cover, long-term sick or someone on secondment / long-term leave etc that is critical to your business 

***Try before you buy - not quite sure? Take someone on contract and see how they perform

***Having a very high-end resource can be very valuable to an organisation delivering value, improvements, efficiencies and innovations - you may want to move them onto the next project and / or take them on permanently (if they are open to this) 

 

What are the Negatives or things that I should watch out for with IT Contractors?

 

***Cost is a premium - but you pay for what you get (keep an eye on your budget)

***IP can walk out the door - you need to manage your contractors closely

***They can become 'part of the furniture' & never leave - again you need to be aware of how your head count is made up ie FTE & Contractors

***Make sure you work out the market contract rate & pay accordingly 

***A professional IT Contractor will always want to finish an assignment so pay a market rate to ensure this isn’t a reason for them leaving 

 

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What are some of the key tips I should know to managing IT Contractors?

***Ensure your IT contractor doesn’t become ‘indispensable’ or ‘irreplaceable’ by not sharing information or not documenting key information —> Have senior team members collaborate / work together with the IT Contractor

***Set expectations up front before engaging the IT Contractor or on the start of the assignment-> When expectations are clearly communicated issues are less likely to arise 

***Draw specialist knowledge from the IT Contractor —> Have the IT Contractor pass on skills / technical knowledge and even 'Upskill’ other team members in a particular domain or language

***Have the contractor sign an NDA - Non-disclosure Agreement to protect your IP (Intellectual Property)

***Give feedback to the IT Contractor or IT Recruiter on how they’re getting on

***If an IT Contractor does stay long-term ensure you write in specific project briefs in the contract to avoid risk of it being deemed an employee relationship by the IRD

 

IT Contractors are an excellent way to get flexible resource into your business if used & managed well.

If you have any questions or want to know more on how an IT Contractor could help your team or business please feel free to contact Paul on 021 532 008  or email: paul@sunstonetalent.com

 

I'm Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment company specialising in providing IT Contractors within software, web, mobile development & infrastructure skill sets in Christchurch, New Zealand. To find out more on how we can help you with IT Contractors please click here: https://sunstonetalent.com/clients/

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