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Interview with Tim Spann

by | Mar 19, 2020 | Interviews,

Tim Spann

Tim Spann

Principal Field Engineer at Cloudera

Key Topics:Streaming, Big Data, Cloud Data, Apache NiFi, Apache Flink, Apache Kafka
Location:Princeton, NJ

Tim Spann is a Senior Solutions Engineer at Hortonworks, the Big Data Zone leader and blogger at DZone and an experienced data engineer with 15 years of experience. He runs the Future of Data Princeton meetup as well as other events. He has spoken at Philly Open SOurce, ApacheCon in Montreal, Strata NYC, Oracle Code NYC, IoT Fusion in Philly, meetups in Princeton, NYC, Philly, Berlin and Prague, DataWorks Summits in San Jose, Berlin and Sydney.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

20 years of development, 6 years of solution engineering, 10 years of blogging, 8 years of college.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Streaming, Data Ingestion, Deep Learning at the edge

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

Abdelkrim Hadjidj

Outside of your key topics who else influences you?

Bill Gates

How would you describe your offline influence?

Speaking, Writing and I also consult with Cloudera customers and prospects at 1:1 meetings and various events.

If a brand wanted to work with you, what offline/online activities would you be most interested in?

Podcasts, webinars, speaking, whitepapers, video.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

Apache process, mailing lists, twitter, google searches, building the story.

What brands have you worked with?

Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Pivotal

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

  • Co-Create long form content (blogs, white papers, ebooks, research)
  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Share / create a social post
  • Speak at or attend an event
  • Participate in a podcast or webinar
  • Write a product review
  • Participate in online chat (e.g. Twitter chat, Crowdchat, Google Hangout)
  • Create video content

What are your passions outside of work?

Family, Devices, Drones, Roller Derby

What businesses / organisations are you affiliated to?

Cloudera, DZone, Cloudera Foundation

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?