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Diving into the Elastic Stack @ November’s Data Science MD Meetup


Clarity’s Mike Clarke (Senior DevOps Engineer) and Mike Keith (Principal Software Engineer) presented at the November Data Science Meetup.

They engaged a large crowd with their talk, “Advancing the ELK Stack-It’s more than just log aggregation.” Representatives from Elastic were there to make the evening even more informative.

Congratulations to Mike Clarke and Mike Keith, they make us proud!

View slides from the presentation

https://www.slideshare.net/DataScienceMD/analyzing-data-with-the-elk-stack

More information about Data Science MD Meetups

We are active in Data Science Meetups and proudly sponsor this local effort. Monthly gatherings are a great opportunity to learn, share, and network. Find out more about this unique opportunity: meetup.com/Data-Science-MD.

More about Elastic

Here’s an interesting article about the just-released Elastic 6.o : http://www.zdnet.com/article/elasticsearch-6-0-not-that-new-but-quite-improved/.


Meet “the Mikes,” Clarity data scientists


Clarity’s Mike Clarke (Senior DevOps Engineer) and Mike Keith (Principal Software Engineer) are presenting at the November Data Science Meetup, 11/8, at BrainTrust in Annapolis Junction. 

Their talk, “Advancing the ELK Stack-It’s more than just log aggregation,” will dive into the ELK stack and share the evolution of a data platform. The Mikes will cover approach, key lessons, the cool visualization features of Kibana, and more.

Mike Clarke and Mike Keith make us proud—learn more about their commitment, smart, flexible thinking, and creativity.

HOW THE MIKES GOT HERE

From Electrical Engineering to DevOps (& Stand up paddleboarding)

Mike Clarke holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. His background is in computational electromagnetics and 4G LTE technologies. He has more than 12 years of experience serving as a Lead Engineer and Systems Engineer. Mike has been involved in conceptualizing solutions to meet requirements through designing, implementing, and testing the solution. He has experience performing trade-off analyses. Mike is currently working on automating the management of cloud instances using Ansible, scaling the ELK stack to handle increasing volumes of data, streamlining integration and deployment strategies. He joined Clarity in May 2016. In his free time, he enjoys stand up paddleboarding, soccer, skiing, and chasing his two daughters around.

Chemistry was fun but not forever

Mike Keith has worked in software development for 16 years. As early as age 10, he was writing programs in BASIC on his parents 286 computer. He realized in high school that software development might become his career. While taking an AP Chemistry course he knew that he had an interest in science but had no desire to decant fluids all day long and would much rather be play with computers.

Creating software

“I particularly enjoy problem solving and creating things. Software development provides a lot of both of those things,” Mike K. explained.

Problem-solver’s career path

Mike Keith began his career as an Air Force Communications Officer from 2001 to 2005. He transitioned into civilian work and has provided Software and IT support to Government and Industry clients ever since. He has served as a Team Lead and Lead Software Engineer on various projects with responsibilities spanning all areas of the development lifecycle. His attention to detail and commitment has helped provide clean and concise solutions to complex problems.

Mike has been with Clarity since March 2015. He holds a BS degree and a MS degree in Computer Science. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and all the things you do with a two and seven year old.

THE TALK

Content

Mike & Mike began working with Elastic and Kibana in early 2017 because it provided a base of tools to help them address their data search needs. Their presentation will discuss their transition of a high volume legacy RDBMS system, with constant report query requests and high query volume into a slick and streamlined solution using Elastic and Kibana.

When & where

Wednesday , 11/8

6:30 pm networking

7 pm presentation

BrainTrust at 420 National Business Parkway, Annapolis Junction.

More information

The event is sold out, but there is a waitlist, learn more: meetup.com/Data-Science-MD

We are active in Data Science Meetups and proudly sponsor this local effort. Monthly gatherings are a great opportunity to learn, share, and network.


Third Annual Clarity Cup: a speedway race

A few years ago, we started a fall tradition, a Clarity outing to The Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Jessup. In a friendly and fast competition, we race around the track in electric go-karts. After three rounds, one of us is declared the winner of The Clarity Cup. Congratulations to Joe White who won the contest this year.


Sunset Cruise on The Woodwind

Annapolis is among the world’s most renowned sailing cities. This September, our team embarked from its harbor on The Woodwind—a 74-foot wooden schooner. We set sail for an evening cruise on the waters of the Chesapeake. Everyone enjoyed light refreshments, conversation, and even the chance to hoist sails and man the wheel. Captain Mickey and his crew made us feel very welcome, and the sunset was spectacular! Here are some photos from our memorable evening.


Clarity selected as a Baltimore Business Journal Best Places to Work 2017 Finalist

This spring, our team competed in the Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ) “Best Places to Work” contest. We had 100% participation—huge thanks to all of our employees for taking the time to answer questions about their experience working at Clarity. Each business that entered was scored from 0 to 100 based on employee responses to questions about their workplace. Clarity ranked in the top 10 in our size category, “Micro” (10 to 24 employees). The results showed engagement from all of our employees, who view their experience at Clarity as positive.

Our workplace described

The word that was most chosen to describe our work environment was challenging—in the best way. Our employees work on interesting projects that require analytical thinking, flexibility, and the ability to meet deadlines. Growth and development are part of the job. In that vein, engaging was also highly selected to describe our workplace. Other descriptors of note: interesting, supportive, and valued. In every survey completed, employees said that senior leaders at Clarity value people as most important to the success of the company.

Glowing feedback

Our culture is celebrated. We received 47 employee comments from the contest survey—all of them were positive. Here’s some of what our employees say about us:

Clarity is a great organization. I am respected, encouraged, and valued each and every day. Feedback is provided often, and the opportunities for growth are endless. T.J. (the leader of the organization) is generous, kind, and down-to-earth. There is no bureaucracy, and employees come first…compensation and benefits are top-notch.”

It is great to work among such talented people led by awesome owners who really care about their employees and continuously do things to remind them how much they’re appreciated.”

“I value the approach that Clarity looks for the right people with the right skills who have core values that align with the company’s as opposed to just filling a position with a body.”

 “I think the company does a good job of making me feel like I’m a part of a community even though we all work in many different locations.”

“The Clarity team is more than just…your place of work or your employer. The team atmosphere is built like a way of life—The Clarity way… We work hard and we play harder. A brand that is built around a work ethic, a work ethic that prides itself in going where, when, and how it is needed to get the job done. I’m proud to say that I’m part of the Clarity team.” 

“It is great to work among such talented people led by awesome owners who really care about their employees and continuously do things to remind them how much they’re appreciated.”

“I feel great about being part of Clarity. I don’t feel like a number, they treat all of their employees very well and as individuals, not just a group of employees. They get to know all their employees and consistently make sure they are happy. They went out of their way when I was trying to move positions and never held any information back. I was given many choices. They are proactive in trying to keep all the employees trained and their skills relevant to new technologies. I am always being asked if there are classes I want to take. It’s a company culture I try to let everyone know about.” 

“I enjoy being part of the Clarity team. Being a small business I feel more connected to the team, and you don’t feel like just a number like you do with larger companies. I also like that other employees are always willing to help and collaborate even if they are working on a different project. All the employees are very knowledgeable and that they are selective with who they hire and want to make sure that the person is not only a good fit for a position but also with the company culture.”

“I feel that Clarity welcomed me as a valuable member of their team rather than the next employee in line. Their benefits package is outstanding, and there are numerous company outings to baseball games, go-karting, and even sailing! Everyone at the company has been very friendly and personable. It really has been a joy working for Clarity for the last couple years.”

Stand-out Scores

Employees expressed full trust in leadership and feel favorable about communication and resources, having individual needs met, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, and team dynamics. We received high scores as a workplace in all areas.

In these five, our scores were perfect:

  • I am proud to work here.
  • The senior leaders of the organization value people as their most important resource.
  • The senior leaders of the organization demonstrate integrity.
  • Everyone here is treated fairly regardless of race, gender, age, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation or other differences.
  • The people I work with treat each other with respect.

Recruitment News

Join us at the Talent Fair & Food Truck Roundup for Local Tech Jobs, Food, & Music

We hope you'll join us at the Third Annual Gateway Talent Fair and Food Truck Roundup to talk tech jobs with our growing small business.

When & Where

It's happening Wednesday, September 13, 3 until 6 pm at ADG Creative 7151 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite B, Columbia, MD 21026.

Tech Job Opportunities

At last year's Fair, we were among 26 local companies from the Intelligence Community and beyond that met with job candidates. Bring your resume, questions, and career plans. We are actively recruiting Software Engineers at all levels, Senior Systems Engineers, Devops Engineers, and System Administrators. (See our Careers page for more details.)

Eat

Come hungry and enjoy a delicious food truck lunch and live music. Upslidedown Dave, Pasta La Vista, Baby!, and Baltimore Waffle Company will be serving up great grub.

Rain date is Thursday, September 14, same timing.

Follow us on Twitter @claritybizsol for any last minute details.

Get Excited, Here's More About Us...

We are tech service experts

Clarity Business Solutions, Inc. is an in-demand small business providing technical consulting and engineering support to government and commercial clients in the Annapolis Junction/Ft. Meade, MD area. We provide practical Software Engineering and Technical Management services. Our work is primarily Java-based and/or web application development that spans all aspects of the software development lifecycle. We specialize in Cloud Analytics and Big Data.   

Our retention rate is remarkable

Clarity offers our employees unique opportunities to be part of highly skilled software development teams. We encourage personnel to contribute ideas and grow through engaging and challenging assignments and projects. With a remarkable retention rate of nearly 100%, we have become experts at keeping both clients and employees happy at work, valuing innovation and teamwork.  

Clarity is growing

We are looking for solid Software Engineers, System Administrators, and Systems Engineers to join our team. A perfect candidate for our organization will be an energetic self-starter, focused on working with a team of engineers to deliver cutting edge technical solutions. We look forward to meeting you! Connect with us via social media  — @claritybizsol on Twitter and Instagram — to see what we are up to.