Simon Elliston Ball is a solutions engineer at Hortonworks, where he helps clients do Hadoop. Simon is a certified Spark and Hadoop developer. Previously, he worked in the data-intensive worlds of hedge funds and financial trading, ERP, and ecommerce, as well as designing and running nationwide networks and websites. Over the course of those roles, he designed and built several organization-wide data and networking infrastructures, headed up research and development teams, and designed (and implemented) numerous digital products and high-traffic transactional websites. For a change of technical pace, Simon writes and produces screencasts on frontend web technologies and performance and is an avid Node.js programmer.
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