Roux Institute to Build on Portland’s Robust Data Science Community

Roux Institute to Build on Portland’s Robust Data Science Community

Northeastern University’s announced opening of the Roux Institute at Northeastern University in Portland, Maine will be a boon for New England’s tech businesses and is good reason for Maine’s technology innovators to get excited. With headquarters in Portland, Abilis Corp looks forward to this development and the positive impacts it will have for our customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Abilis Corp has helped businesses adapt to new data technologies for more than 15 years, providing data and advanced analytics platforms for financial, energy, higher education, public health and corporate sectors. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities have been and continue to be an essential component of holistic data analytics programs, empowered by advancements in big data technologies, and cloud capabilities.

Although architecture and data systems vary from customer to customer the goal is always the same – to harness the power of data to fuel growth, productivity and innovation. The Roux Institute’s focus on machine-learning and AI will put its graduates squarely in the epicenter of emerging technologies our customers are most excited about, technologies that will shape the future of business and data analytics.

Today, ML and AI are unlocking insights and driving data decision-making across a myriad of business ecosystems. Financial industries can proactively understand customer behavior and needs in order to best compete in a global marketplace. Energy sectors can evaluate information in real time to make decisions that impact sustainability and energy delivery. Biotech companies can utilize machine learning to take vast sets of data points to create predictions and enable diagnostic breakthroughs.

At Abilis Corp, we see firsthand how appreciated Maine craftmanship is in the global technology marketplace – The Roux Institute will be well-positioned to make the most of Maine’s talented workforce and unrivalled work ethic. Working with leading-edge data technologies, we have seen how critical it is to have a talented pool of professionals who are ready to work and innovate in technologies and adapt to fully leverage data technology developments and disruptors of the future.

Abilis Corp welcomes the Roux Institute of at Northeastern University to Portland, and congratulate David and Barbara Roux, Northeastern University, Governor Janet Mills, and the City of Portland for bringing this visionary idea to fruition. We will be one of the many employers ready to employ your first round of graduates.

Abilis Helps ND DoH Build Case for Flu Shots

Abilis Helps ND DoH Build Case for Flu Shots

Need another reason to get a flu shot? You could save time spent in the hospital, according to initial evidence from Abilis Corp’s most recent work with the North Dakota Department of Health.

 From left to right - Senior IT Director Department of Health - Michael Benz, Amazon Web Services Senior Account Manager - Jennifer Marik, Talend Senior Account Manager- Mark Whittenburg, US Surgeon General – Jerome Adams, Abilis Sales Director- Bruce Ottomano, Chief Data Officer (CDO) - Dorman Bazzell, State Epidemiologist- Tracy Miller, CDO IT Leader - Kimberly Weis, State Health Officer- Mylynn Tufte, CIO- Shawn Riley
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams joins members of the North Dakota Department of Health leadership team, and representatives from Abilis Corp, Amazon Web Services and Talend to unveil initial findings from their public health dashboard.

Abilis Corp partnered with Amazon Web Services to create a proof of concept data architecture solution   that featured Talend data processing with Databricks machine learning and a visual analytics dashboard from PowerBI. The project enabled North Dakota health professionals to study the impact and burden of those who opt out of the annual flu vaccine. The North Dakota Department of Health hopes to use to results to show how flu vaccinations benefit the population.

North Dakota’s Department of Health leadership team presented initial findings at the Main Street Summit in Bismark, to an audience that included U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Key points from the presentation highlight one of the impactful tolls the flu can take – comparing the length of stay in the hospital for flu patients who had the flu vaccine and those who did not. In some age demographics, the difference amounted to an extra day and a half in the hospital.

Abilis Corp’s solution pulled data from the North Dakota Department of Health and Sanford Health – the largest healthcare provider in the state. With access to data from different data silos, health decision makers made correlations that were not previously possible – such as comparing vaccine rates with length of hospital stay.

Abilis Corp Business Development Director Bruce Ottomano traveled to North Dakota to support the initiative, and to plan next steps for the project.

“The results show that this is a mission accomplished for the proof of concept,” Bruce said. “This project will create insights that are valuable for health leaders, and also significantly improve healthcare and patient outcomes.” The North Dakota Department of Health is now looking at ways to expand the proof of concept to include more data sources and automated data pulls. With better data and informed decision-making, the DoH hopes to significantly increase vaccination participation in the general and elderly populations.

For more information about Abilis Corp’s work with public health organizations, contact Bruce Ottomano today.

October Insight@Scale

October Insight@Scale

On October 24th, New England data architects, data scientists and BI decision-makers are invited to a hands-on learning experience at the Microsoft Technology Center in Burlington, MA.

The workshop is geared toward professionals who are new to Databricks and/or Talend and want to develop new skillsets that unlock powerful data insights.

During this 8-hour workshop, Abilis Corp engineers will guide participants through the complementary functionalities of Talend and DataBricks – allowing users to streamline and automate their ETL processes.

Attendees can look forward to developing their knowledge and skills with Talend and Databricks, including:

  • An introductory understanding of Talend and Databricks/Spark;
  • How to develop data engineering jobs in Talend and deploy to Databricks clusters; and
  • How to develop and deploy simple data science models in Databricks and trigger them from Talend.

As data-driven companies look to harness the power of machine learning and AI, Talend and Databricks create an engine to turn data science from a cost center to an added value. Our workshops provide technical expertise and hands-on solutioning to help data decision-makers envision the future of analytics, data processing and warehousing, and business intelligence.

For more information about the workshop, click here.

Bruce Ottomano Named Talend “Champion of the Quarter”

Bruce Ottomano Named Talend “Champion of the Quarter”

Director of New Business Bruce Ottomano
Abilis Corp Director of New Business was recently honored as Talend’s “Champion of the Quarter.”

Technology partner Talend recognized Abilis Corp Director of New Business Bruce Ottomano as its “Champion of the Quarter” in August, recognizing Bruce’s work as a leader in the Talend community in New England and beyond.

As the organizer of the Boston Talend User Group, Bruce helps Talend users connect to share best practices, troubleshoot problems and make the most of their data management and storage solutions.

Bruce said he is honored to be recognized as a Talend Champion.  “When people come together to share their experiences and solutions, we foster an environment for optimization and innovation. This translates to best outcomes for our user group participants, and for Abilis Corp clients,” Bruce said.

A certified Talend Business Director, Bruce helps Abilis Corp clients find the right solutions for data migration, storage and analysis. Talend’s focus piece highlights Bruce’s skills as both a listener and a problem-solver.

“In order to give our clients the best possible solutions and outcomes, I want to make sure I truly understand their strengths, their problems and their goals,” Bruce said. “I’ve always had the approach that everyone was born with two ears and one mouth and you should use them in that order.”

With a clear vision, and the best tools on the market, Bruce and the Abilis Corp team are able to deliver comprehensive, growth-ready tools for businesses to start using their data for decision-making.

To read Talend’s write-up of Bruce’s accomplishments in the field, click here. For a list of upcoming Abilis Corp events, including Talend User Groups, click here.

Industry responds to Looker and Tableau acquisitions

Industry responds to Looker and Tableau acquisitions

With news of two major acquisitions in the business intelligence marketplace, our professional partners are reacting to changes in the industry.

In this think piece, Talend reflects on why Google and Salesforce invested so heavily in Looker and Tableau. Nick Piette, director of product marketing for Talend says, “For many companies, digital transformation is about digital customer engagement. The battle for the best customer experience will be waged with the best customer insight. It will require a single customer touchpoint to captured, collected and analyzed, be it brick and mortar, mobile, web, etc. BI is the insight – data is the fuel.”

We work in a market that, by nature, must constantly adapt, evolve and grow – not just to respond to the needs of today’s business leaders, but to stay relevant in rapidly advancing technologies. Our team of system architects and engineers is focused on staying abreast and ahead of changing technologies to ensure our clients have the best data and business intelligence solutions available to them at the time.

Snowflake Announces Expansion to Google Cloud Platform

Snowflake Announces Expansion to Google Cloud Platform

Abilis Corp Executive Vice President Pat Dionne attended the 2019 Snowflake Summit earlier this week and came back with some exciting news for Snowflake users and for clients who are considering Snowflake’s data warehousing capabilities.

A speaker presents at the 2019 Snowflake Summit

Perhaps most importantly, Snowflake announced its future deployment to the Google Cloud Platform by end of 2019, becoming the only cloud data warehousing provider to work with all three major cloud providers. In addition to adding increased flexibility to clients, the move will extend cross-cloud redundancy options for best business continuity.

Snowflake also shed light on efforts to better support streaming use cases through upgrades to the Snowflake Data Pipeline, adding a Kafka connector for near real-time data ingestions, improving auto-ingest functionalities, and implementing a Streams and Tasks scheduling feature for Snowflake SQL jobs.

This is an exciting time to be in Business Intelligence and Data Architecture, and we are proud to partner with companies that are committed to staying on the cutting edge of analytics, data processing and warehousing technology.