PreScouter is an intelligence gathering consultancy focusing on science and technology. We partner with leading companies support their research & development. We have recently been hired by a company looking for support in their distributed database services. The ideal Consultant will help PreScouter to answer ongoing questions posed by the client, likely over the course of 3 months in 6 2-week-long research questions. The Consultant will be the primary expert on each engagement, supported by a team of in-house PreScouter researchers and a Project Manager who will oversee the relationship with PreScouter's client. Many of PreScouter's 3-month contracts become longer-term engagements. A successful Consultant thus may have the opportunity to work with PreScouter and this client further.
Please see below for a description of the client and tentative topics (to be refined in late January) that we will work on for them:
The client provides data management and integration solutions to integrate, transform, harmonize, manage, and secure critical business data on-premise or in the cloud. It offers business-to-business and application-to-application integration, and data transformation services; on-premise and cloud-based data security solutions; cloud integration brokerages, and data aware cloud services; data harmonization solutions; cloud-based master data management; architecture-based B2B integration network; and compliance solutions.
The company offers its solutions for the secure exchange of patient data between providers, payers, patients, and other healthcare organizations; for life science research endeavors; and to integrate and manage mission-critical data to improve efficiencies in forecasting, inventory management, material procurement, stock replenishment, order fulfillment, and other manufacturing processes. In addition, it provides data cleansing, semantic parsing, and up-to-the-minute product data; and electronic documents for handling and providing communications between manufacturers, distribution centers, shippers, transportation carriers, and other companies.
Further, the company offers managed, cloud, professional, and cost optimization services, as well as planning, implementation, and other services. It serves healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, retailers, consumer product goods providers and suppliers, logistics and distribution, and financial services companies.
Topics may include some of the following:
QueueMAPR - quick study on validating our decision to use Mapr in favor of Kafka and Hadoop (where needed), and drill down on our delete problem - 0.5 terabytes takes two days (start with 2 week study)
Data systems - Ideas on how to help our team provide the level of operational excellence and automated provisioning of systems and API's at the data layer (start with two week study)
Active Active - Overall assessment and recommendations on current architecture from metal up (4 week engagement)
SDN, data systems, PAAS, and network resiliency review (2-4 weeks)
Whitepaper improvements (2 weeks, will include some vision and r&d work)
Platform stability - Higher level stability assessment and actionable improvement suggestions (better/more use of circuit breakers, monitoring improvements, etc)
Release management - Need to get better at getting DRY for services, finer grained releases, a/b testing, canary testing
Review of state of our automation and how to further close gaps and improve
Process evaluation - how to streamline non-tech processes for efficiency gains and speed to market across the board (this might be more suitable for Thoughtworks once we've nailed down are lower level operational, data systems, and application level high priority needs)
Less than 30 hrs/week
1 to 3 months1-3 monthsProject LengthDuration
I am looking for a mix of experience and value