Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Podcast Interview with Aaron Wallace, Pitney Bowes

One of the coolest use cases for a graph databases that has seen a big uptake in the past couple of months and years, is Master Data Management. Kind of a vague term, but Wikipedia defines it as
master data management (MDM) comprises the processes, governance, policies, standards and tools that consistently define and manage the critical data of an organization to provide a single point of reference
Sounds about right to me. Lots of customers have been developing their own solutions to their specific MDM problems, but some people have been thinking about this in a generic, generalized way. Like for example our customer Pitney Bowes. They have been early adopters of Neo4j, and have been articulating that vision for the longest time: see this video from 2014 (including other folks from UBS, TomTom, eBay/Shutl as well), and more recently a recording of a talk that Aaron Wallace, one of Pitney Bowes' product managers and my guest on today's podcast, did in 2015 at GraphConnect.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Roadtripping for openCypher

This week, me and Andrès Taylor have been on the road to talk to our beloved Neo4j community about openCypher, our effort to deliver a full and open specification of the industry’s most widely adopted graph database query language: Cypher. It's been a fun and crazy couple of days, with Amsterdam on Tuesday, Paris on Wednesday - and today, I believe is Thursday so we must be in London :) ... We are doing a similar talk tonight in our London office...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

ANOTHER podcast with Ben Nussbaum, AtomRain - for a good reason

Waw - this has been quite a spring for Neo4j, and for all of us working at Neo Technology. It started with an unbelievable quarter end in March (where we really had a record number of new customers joining us), into April with the release of the Panama Papers by the ICIJ, and then of course GraphConnect Europe - and it's long and interesting aftermath. Long story short: it's been a hot season for Neo4j, but a slow season for the Graphistania podcast. But: I feel like that may be changing again. With the summer ahead of us, I am hoping and planning to have even more interesting conversations.

And the thing is: I had even recorded another podcast episode in April that I had never published. After having spoken to Ben Nussbaum - the first podcast is over here - we actually found out that we had FORGOTTEN to talk about one of Ben's most interesting graph stories - the story of DateNight Movies. So here it is - finally:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:02 Hello, everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen, from Neo Technology. You guys were probably expecting a brand new, fresh podcast guest with a new story, a new story-line and everything. Well, guess what? This week is going to be a little bit different. I've invited actually the same guest that we had last week on our podcast, Benjamin Nussbaum from Atom Rain. Hi, Ben.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Podcast interview with Ben Nussbaum, AtomRain

Recently had the chance to chat to one of the Nussbaum-brothers, Ben more specifically. We've met eachother a bunch of times at various graph events over the years, and next week they will be at GraphConnect again presenting their latest and greatest services and products. So it was a great time to catch up and discuss their view on Graphistania and the rest of the graphlands. So here's our conversation:

And as always, here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:02 Hello everyone. My name is Rik. Rik Van Bruggen from Neo Technology. And here I am again recording a great podcast episode with Ben Nussbaum from AtomRain. Hi Ben. 
BN: 00:15 Hi Rik, thanks for having me. 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Podcast Interview with Nicolas Rouyer, Orange

It's been a few crazy busy weeks and therefore a bit slower on the Podcasting front, but I still want to keep up this community effort, and so here we are again. I spoke to a dear community member from Toulouse, France: Nicolas Rouyer. Nicolas has been a driving force in the local community in Toulouse, and has also presented his experience with Neo4j at numerous meetups and GraphConnect conferences:

So I definitely wanted to have a chat with him, and here's the result:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:01 Hello everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen from Neo. And here I am again recording another episode of our Graphistania podcast. It's been a while since we've had some European guests on the podcast, so I'm very happy to have Nicolas Rouyer from Orange in France on the podcast. Hi Nicolas. 
NR: 00:23 Hi, Rik. How are you?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

GraphConnect Europe 2016 - of course we have a Schedule-graph

It's that time of the year again - GraphConnect Europe 2016 really is around the corner now. We have so much to look forward to - great users, community, customers, developers, engineers, speakers, founders - and everyone with a graphista-bone in their body is flocking to London on April 25th-26th. So of course, on this blog, I had to have some kind of little contribution to make - and traditionally (like I have done for many other conferences in different blogposts), I have to make an improvement on this "ugly" table:

This is: I really want to look at this data as a GRAPH - not a table. Of course, you say...

The GraphConnect Schedule Spreadsheet

In orde to do that, we create a nice little spreadsheet version of the schedule first. Simple, in a Google Sheet: here it is. It really is pretty simple:

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Podcast Interview with Brock Tibert, Bentley University

Here's another great interview for our Neo4j Graphistania podcast, this time with a very active community member in the US of A, Brock Tibert. Brock has a great blog (called Enrollment Nerdery) about all kinds of interesting tech stuff for the education industry, works at Bentley University in the Boston area, and has been doing some very nice stuff with Neo4j. Reason enough to have a chat:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:02 Hello everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen from Neo and here I am recording another episode of the Graphistania podcast with someone who's joining me all the way from the Boston area, in Waltham, Massachusetts, where I used to have my stomping grounds as well. This is Brock Tibert joining us. Hi, Brock. 
BT: 00:21 Hi, Rik. How are you?