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THE OWL MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE

Analytics and Data Science for Equity and Social Change

The Owl Mountain Instititute is a non-profit organization dedicated to building Equity and Social change by providing expertise on Enterprise Architecture, Analytics, and Data Science.

 
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Runbooks and Playbooks

I've spent too long thinking of these terms interchangeably. Runbooks Tactical Formula to Address a Situation Describe a situation that...

Declarative or Imperative? Hmm...

I've become a master of the AWS SAM model which specifies the relationships declaratively. Now AWS CDK has come out and it could make...

It's Time to Change Dimensions

To everything there a season, and a time to every purpose, and let's keep track of those changes with a slowly changing dimension. What...

Data Governance Anti-Patterns

What happens when a clever hack meets a difficult problem? Sometimes you might get clever solutions, but most times, you get...

Know Your Snowflake Admin

Before DevOps and the associated glamor, DevOps was done by a Systems Administrator. https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/know.your.sysadmin.en....

Data Governance Guide Posts

Data Governance is an oft-cited, oft-abused goal. Essentially, it is the process of governing a strategy for the acquisition and...

Scaling Event Handlers

Event-driven data pipelines naturally scale much better, but there are many choices. AWS offers SQS as a message queuing system and both...

Reasons for Step Functions

Some good reasons to use Step Functions in AWS * Dynamic Parallelism (AWS Article) * Event-Driven Architecture (Starting with CloudWatch...

Pandas Drives me Crazy

The Pandas library has many nice features: built-in algorithms, plotting functions, data manipulations. You can use it in many cases to...

DevOps QA and Brown M&Ms

Van Halen had a famous policy to test whether a venue paid attention to details. In the snacks section of their contract, they had...

Don't Develop in Production!

Sometimes the obvious is obvious. Don't do development in production, even if you haven't deployed yet. Some shops will do their initial...

AWS Stepfunctions Rock!

The Step Function feature in AWS makes expensive integration platforms obsolete. I'll be looking at the price carefully, but if you find...

Curl to PyTest

Curl is fine for testing manually, but my eyes get tired watching all that JSON mumbo-jumbo. curl -H "X-API-KEY: ${X_API_KEY}" -X POST...

Yes - CODE REVIEWS PEOPLE!

In a world of agile nincompoops spewing corporate psychobabble nonsense, I am occasionally reminded that there are good people out there...

A Dungeon Master's API Gateway

Every good adventure starts with a door. Perhaps the door is more than a door, but a gateway to some enchanted temple. As a Dungeon...

 

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