By Instaclustr Wednesday 6th November 2019

Instaclustr Insights: Meet Zeke Dean

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NameZeke Dean
RoleSenior Consultant
LocationSilicon Valley

You’re a Senior Consultant at Instaclustr – what does your role entail?

About 80% travel, 20% jetlag. Much of that time meeting with customers is working with them to find the right open source data solutions (and the right combination of solutions) for their business and technology needs – whether it’s Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, etc. Each customer’s use case is different, so it’s important to match the right mix of solutions to set them up for long term success with the open source technologies we support. 

On a day-to-day basis, I might be delivering consulting services to customers and technical pre-sales support to the Instaclustr sales team, identifying sales opportunities or documenting solutions by developing flowcharts, diagrams, code comments, presentations, etc.

Where did your interest in technology start?

I first contributed to the One Laptop Per Child project in 2006, and I remember that really spurred my interest in technology (and also made me a fan of open source).

And your education then followed that path?

Exactly. I went on to study Information Technology with a focus on Management Information Systems, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI),  New York. In addition to the more formal IT studies, I also ran a few websites from my dorm room – I somehow managed to have a public IP through the school.

When did you join Instaclustr – and why?

I started at Instaclustr in late 2018; I liked that the role would enable me to be both customer and technology-facing. Instaclustr is also very much aligned with my tenet of contributing to the open source community.

Now that you’re a year in, what’s been your favorite part of the job so far?

Flying all over the world – I’ve always loved to travel and this role has taken me to places I hadn’t been to yet (and also back to places that I like visiting again).

In your opinion, what makes someone a good fit to be a consultant?

You should enjoy being creative and you need to have patience with challenging problems – check those two boxes and software engineering will be a great career path. I feel like 90% of the time you’ll be banging your head against a wall for hours and days – frustrated – and then something will eventually click during one of those eureka moments (usually in the shower). Patience is such a key trait for this line of work. It also really helps to be able to work well in a team – you’ll find you can solve your problems (and your colleagues’ problems) a whole lot faster.

Interested in working for Instaclustr? View our current openings here. Alternatively, you can write to us at hr@instaclustr.com

 

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