Wednesday 29 June 2016

Podcast Interview with Andrès Taylor, Neo Technology - reloaded

Two months ago, me and my friend Andrès where chatting on our internal slack channel, mesmerising about how cool our customers are and how we get the best possible feedback from talking to them. So how could we talk more too them? Simple: two weeks ago, me and Andrès went on a little road trip together, hitting Amsterdam, Paris and London in three days, talking about all the things we love talking about - but primarily, of course, Andrès' baby, Cypher. There's been a lot going on the Cypher world in the past few years - and it felt like a good time for a "reload" of the interview we did last year. So here it is - from a noisy London coffeeshop, to your podcast player:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:01 Hello, everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen, from Neo Technology, and here I am in a beautiful London coffee shop recording a podcast with someone that I've been speaking to a lot in the past couple of days because we've been doing a little road trip through Europe about openCypher. That's Andres Taylor. Hi, Andres.

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.