IBM Watson Explorer Consultant

I’m a software consultant with about 10 years of experience. In my day job I work for the IBM Watson Group (yes, the thing that was on Jeopardy). I originally joined a startup called Vivisimo and we were acquired by IBM in mid 2012.

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What do I do with IBM Watson?

I’m a Watson Delivery Technical Lead but my primary focus is with the Watson Explorer product which was briefly known as InfoSphere Data Explorer and before that Vivisimo Velocity. The core functionality of the product is an XML document based search engine backend, which would be similar to something like Apache SOLR. The front-end is now known as IBM Watson Application Builder. I spend a good bit of time making widgets that consists of Ruby/RoR, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I would say I specialize more in the usability side of the product. I figure out how to do things the product doesn’t usually (hacks).

Life Before IBM Watson

Previously I spent many years working on Vivisimo Velocity as an enterprise search engine product before it was rolled into the IBM Watson portfolio and started taking on big data and cognitive computing challenges.

I consider myself a more of a generalist when it comes to technology but I find that I really enjoy front-end development. I’ve worked for mega corps (FedEx, IBM), small companies (Riesbeck’s), and startups (Vivisimo). I’ve done freelance web development projects. I’ve worked in customer support roles and actually most of my roles have been customer facing. I ran my own performance marketing and internet advertising company for a few years.

Contact Me

Drop me a note if you need some work done or just want to email me for some reason.