June is Big Data’s month at Globant, so we want to share with you how we live it inside Globant. We show you Globant’s backstage by speaking with one of our greatest leaders: Andres Eyherabide. Andres is going to tell us about his career and challenges.
Tell us a bit about you, how did you start and what are you passionate about?
My name is Andy, I’m 34 years old, I live in San Francisco and I’m responsible for the practice of Data Engineering at the Big Data Studio. I’m married to Romi and we have two kids: Agus and Ben. I’m a gamer and film buff – up to where my kids allow me – and I define myself as a data nerd. Analyzing data is not what I do, but is part of who I am. Though I joined the company three years ago, I always say that I have been Glober long before that. My first interview at Globant was in 2006, for an open position of DB2 in London. Back at that time, I was working for IBM and I had a lot of friends from college that were working at Globant. I talked regularly with them and they told me about their projects, trips, and Globant’s way of working. Then, when I had the interview and saw the offices, and the technical leaders told me how was to work here in a daily basis, I knew I wanted to work there.
Many years later, after working for different companies as Grupo ASSA, SAS and HP, together with the creation of Big Data Studio and Globant focus in Analytics services I got into the company as practice leader in Business Intelligence.
How did you build your career path at Globant?
Globant is a company that always provides you with opportunities and challenges, recognizing your efforts and good job. My first project assigned at Globant was for HUB International, an insurance broker for which we were building a Data Warehouse together with a platform for data analysis, with reports, dashboards and OLAP cubes. As the project slowed down and I had spare time, I met with my TD (today my mentor and friend, Sabi Schneider) to find out how could I contribute to the building of the team and be of support to the business generation. Weeks later I was in Buenos Aires presenting new BI skills to the people of Deloitte USA that had come to visit us. Deloitte was followed by different clients and months later I was going on a road-show through the USA: Seattle, Detroit, NY, Austin, Denver. When I realized this, I was in the process of relocating to San Francisco as Technical Director, where I live two years ago.
Nowadays, I have a rather strategic position, representing practice and Globant in the USA and other countries, visiting clients and supporting the generation of new businesses and opportunities. It was not easy and there was a lot of rock n’ roll in the way, but the company has always recognized and rewarded my efforts and dedication.
Which was the biggest challenge or most innovating project that you had to face along with your team?
Usually at Globant, the most innovating project and challenging is the last one. In my case, it was for a client that was from Los Angeles, and the project consisted of a web platform that analyzed the downloads and listens of well-known music streaming platforms as Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, iTunes, Youtube, etc. Then, our client sold the access to this platform to his clients, record labels and a clear example of Data as a Service (DaaS). The problem is that we built an architecture for a specific volume of information and growth. It resulted in a data volume that duplicated the initial estimation against the one that we had defined in architecture. That was when we started to make different hacks to the solution to make it escalate to the maximum. As a reference, just for Spotify we had to process more than 20 millions of registers per day, when the estimation that they had given us was of 10 millions. There were times where along with the team, we doubted if we could make it work, but with cleverness and working in groups we made it work and the client was really satisfied with the results. Moreover the projects, my biggest challenge was consolidating the practice of Data Engineering/Analytics. When I joined Globant we only had two projects about Analytics, with a headcount that was not more than r 10 people. After three years, today we count with a team of over 80 professionals, giving services with multiple technologies to clients as United Airlines, Autodesk, GAP, Hulu, etc.
In which things of your daily work do you see Globant’s culture expressed?
My first job as developer was for a classic systems company in Buenos Aires. I remember I was 23 years old when I first came from Rosario and I had to buy a suit because I had to wear it to go to the office. My first day I arrived at 9:15 AM because I had taken the metro to the other side. When I arrived to the office my PM welcomed me and gave me an induction. When we were about to finish the conversation he told me I had to keep in mind the time I came in to work. When I asked him what was he talking about (I wanted to make sure I was not missing anything) he told me that I had been 15 minutes late. I then,retrieved to my box.
My day to day at Globant could not be further from my first day of work. In the company you have a full awareness that people don’t produce according to how they look and the commitment is to the project and to the group work, instead to the clock hands. We trust in the other person’s responsibility and professionalism. Also, the company works a lot to make office spaces functional for Globers and their needs, for them to be comfortable and having everything they need to work, to think, to meet and debate ideas. I travel a lot to visit clients, first line companies and workspaces that Globant gives us have little to envy to many of those.
How has your work changed along the years after all the technological advances that have taken place?
When it’s about technology, one has to be learning constantly. With the level of innovation that we are experimenting, if you don’t update yourself with the latest technology, it’ll run ahead of you. That’s where the importance of “staying relevant” comes to mind. . The fact that Globant’s working with the most innovating companies of the world makes you to duplicate the effort. I had over 10 years of experience in my field, but when I started working near to companies of the USA and all the Big Data Boom (Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL, etc.) I had to start investigating regarding a lot of technologies and solutions that I didn’t know and that companies in LATAM did not use.
I try to dedicate a 20% of my time to analyze market trends and new products and solutions, different focuses to existing problems. I participate, at least, in 2 or 3 webinars a month and I try to participate in events and talks, given that I’m in Silicon Valley.
Is challenging and it takes time, but to feel that one is not only staying with which he/she knows and that can continue learning new things and growing as a professional, is really gratifying.
As a summary, what do you like the most about working at Globant?
It is obvious that being a data nerd is the reason that took me to work for Globant.: The possibility of working with the most innovating companies of the world, with the latest technologies. But after three years, that’s not what makes me work at Globant. I work at Globant because of the people that make Globant. Along the years I had the possibility of working with really capable people, with whom you are learning constantly, from professionals experienced in world-class companies up to students with great talent and willingness to learn. Everyone, from their place, contribute to the achievement of a common goal, with humility and solidarity, working as a team. There are always problems and differences along the way, but we solve them as a team. I work at Globant not because it’s easy or cool, but because it’s constantly giving me new opportunities and challenges to keep on growing and because it recognizes and rewards the efforts and a good job. I work at Globant because I feel part of this story, and because I want to be part of what’s next.