Hi, I'm Mike Pluta. I am a data geek and data whisperer.
Mike Pluta's Bio:
Mike Pluta has been a data geek for nearly 30 years. He excels at channeling data; organizing it, extracting it, analyzing it– doing whatever it takes to coax from it the story that it has to tell. Mike believes that when given the proper environment and opportunity, data will share with us its’ stories and secrets. We are then able to learn new and exciting things about our business and world. This gives us the opportunity to make decisions and take action based on what we’ve learned to make both our world and business better.
Mike operates Broomfield Technology Consultants, a boutique advisory services consultancy based in the north-west corner of the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area focused on providing advice about Big Data and business intelligence strategy to small and medium sized businesses. He is a skilled data and software systems architect with a history of having worked extensively in the telecommunications and media and entertainment domains. Mike has also spent several years working as a professional services consultant and manager for product and systems integration firms. His blog can be found at http://www.mikepluta.com.
Mike’s 30+ years’ experience in business, technology and complex program management across multiple industry domains (incl. Manufacturing, Retail, Financial Services, Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Media, Entertainment and Advertising) has given him a deep direct, and intuitive understanding of the value of data. He has a clear understanding of where, how and why to apply technology to solve business’s problems and further, bring forward opportunities.
Mike has worked with technology and computer systems from the component level having written device driver software to embedded system control software to database operating system software. He’s built and managed very large database systems from a 200GB database marketing system in the mid 1990’s to a multi-hundred terabyte fraud detection database with one of the first commercial columnar data stores to more recently a petabyte size Amazon Redshift database facilitating supply chain predictive analytics. Mike has experience with database systems from Model 204, PICK and Prime Information to relational technologies such as Sybase, Oracle and PostgreSQL as well as MPP systems such as Greenplum, Redshift and Hadoop and NoSQL technologies such as MongoDB, Cassandra, Neo4j and HBase.
Mike has had a career filled with new and different experiences. He considers himself lucky in this regard. Mike does not shy away from a challenge for lack of experience. While Information Systems and Technology has been Mike’s primary professional focus, by taking advantage of opportunities outside of the IS/IT realm, Mike has learned and grown in ways not otherwise possible.
In addition to his extensive IS/IT experience, Mike was a Venture Capital business plan analyst. He designed and built network monitoring software and equipment, built commercial radio broadcast studios and even hosted a weekly radio show. As Chief Managing Engineer for the second largest commercial broadcaster in Colorado, Mike built radio and TV broadcast transmission facilities on mountain tops in Colorado. Mike has also built companies. From concept to operation, he built an industry leading large format sign and billboard print company. Having been involved in the start-up of several companies, Mike has acquired an appreciation and comfort with the role of player-coach; doing what is necessary to facilitate tactical operations while working to define and steer toward the company’s strategic goals.
Mike Pluta's Experience:
Associate Director - Projects at Cognizant Technology SolutionsNovember 2012 - October 2013
Representative projects include: • Managed teams spanning multiple continents to develop a multi-petabyte public-cloud based machine-data collection and analytics solutions for a for a leading consumer goods vendor. Technologies deployed were exclusively off-site using the Amazon infrastructure and ecosystem (EMR, Redshift, Hive, DynamoDB, S3, Glacier, etc.). • Facilitated and participated in the development of a 'Big Data Center of Excellence' program office (organization, processes and procedures) for a major financial services client. A major component of the engagement was to develop a Big Data Reference Architecture and seamlessly integrated it into the existing Business Intelligence Reference Architecture.
Advisory Consultant / Data Warehousing Consulting Manager at EMC ConsultingJune 2011 - November 2012 | Denver, Colorado
As a Consulting Manager for Data Warehousing within the Enterprise Data Management group of EMC Consulting, I managed a team of 6 to 8 very senior architects, analysts and consultants with an average of 20 years experience each. In addition to being the team lead, I continued to deliver customer engagements and assist with services sales. Representative projects included: • Expanded the practice capabilities portfolio by leveraging an internal assignment, developed a Big-Data-as-a-Service Service-Oriented-Organization development service offering, and associated customer facing sales materials. • Developed an Oracle to Greenplum migration process incorporating engineering defined best-practices. Defined and implemented an on-shore / off-shore model reducing costs with readily available off-shore (India, Russia, China and Ireland) resources. • Led the successful delivery of a repeatable 'factory process' in support of Data Archival and Application Decommissioning at a Fortune 500 retail grocery company. • Expanded the practice capabilities portfolio by leveraging engagement deliverables creating reusable service delivery templates for Application Decommissioning. • Demonstrated personal expertise by participating as a Big Data SME at an internal Big Data Summit of a world leading multinational consumer-to-consumer Internet Company. • Led a team to successfully develop and deliver a Data-Centric Service Oriented Reference Architecture, Data Virtualization Reference Architecture and implementation strategy for the North American Clinical Research Operations division of a Top 20 pharmaceutical company.
Vice President of Engineering, IT and Operations at Radius Media HoldingsFebruary 2002 - November 2010 | Denver, Colorado
Representative work included: • Provided engineering management to a staff of 5 professional broadcast engineers supporting the transmission and studio facilities of 17 full power AM and FM radio stations. • Managed the IT, Facility and Telephony needs of 12 office facilities serving 125+ people. • Maintained corporate compliance with Title 47 CFR Part 15 rules administered by the Federal Communications Commission. Provided oversight and execution of regulatory self-audits, external audits and regulatory examination and inspection. • Participated as a founding partner of Sign Language, an industry leading large format print company. From concept to operation, built the company as an internally bootstrapped start-up. • Oversaw the ahead-of-time and on-budget architecture, construction and move-in of newly purchased equipment to Sign Language's initial production facility. • Managed the on-time, on-budget architecture, construction and move of Sign Language from original facility to new 50,000 sq. ft. facility.
VP, Technology, Research and Architecture at ipArchiveSeptember 2000 - February 2002 | Westminster, Colorado
• Designed and managed the prototype of a high volume network sniffer capable of identifying file transfer protocols and performing audio identification. • Participated as an author of ipArchive's method and apparatus patent application. • Facilitated the packaging, documentation and subsequent sale of the company's intellectual property.
Director, Technical Services at FastIdeasMarch 2000 - September 2000 | Westminster, Colorado
• Performed technical review and due diligence of business plans facilitating funding decisions based on proposal viability and relative technical merit. • As the acting CTO for several internally funded companies, I led the candidate search and hiring process of the permanent CTO • Ensured a smooth integration of the newly funded company into the co-resident portfolio family.
Principal Architect at Broomfield Technology ConsultantsNovember 2010 - Present | Broomfield, Colorado
Broomfield Technology Consultants (BTC) is a boutique consultancy based in Broomfield, Colorado on the North-West side of the Denver metropolitan area. BTC is focused on providing strategic advice regarding big data to small and medium sized businesses.
Mike Pluta's Education:
EMC Education2012 – 2012
RMC Project Management2010 – 2010Concentration: Project Management
Sybase Education1997 – 2000Concentration: Various Technical and Management Courses
Colorado Technical University1993 – 1994Concentration: Object Oriented Programming
Marquette University1982 – 1984BSEEConcentration: Electical Engineering / Computer Science
Mike Pluta's Interests & Activities:
Mike's professional interests are around the technology, architecture, design and implementation of very large databases in support of evidence based and data-driven decision support systems. Specifically, Mike had interests in Big Data, NoSQL, Hadoop, MongoDB, Neo4j, Python and iOS App Development. Emerging Technologies; Big Data; NoSQL Technologies; NoSQL Database Design; NoSQL Application Architecture; Non-First Normal Form Database Design; Non-First Normal Form Application Architecture;Business Intelligence; MPP Databases, Semantic Search; Evidence Based Decision Making; Advanced Analytics; Predictive Analytics; Service Orientation Enablement of Business Intelligence and Big Data (i.e. BI as a Service, Big Data as a Service); Hadoop; MongoDB; MarkLogic; Neo4j; Python; iOS App Development