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Jordan Rayboy, CEO of Rayboy Insider Search, is a renowned speaker and trainer for search consultants globally in the areas of recruiting best practices and skill building. jordan speaking You can catch Jordan presenting two sessions at the NAPS conference (National Association Of Personnel Services www.naps360.org) in Boston, MA.  He will also be Presenting a full day at RMAR (Rocky Mountain Association of Recruiters rmar.org) in Denver, CO.  Jordan speaks candidly about relevant topics with humor and passion. His intention is to elevate the level of the search industry as a whole.

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Mark Sasson, Sr. Search Consultant at RayboyIS, shares his expertise on current hiring practices used in today’s marketplace:

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While many people – including myself – cling to the belief that nothing replaces an in-person meeting, the next best option is a video interview. The majority of candidates I represent are typically home-based and report to managers located hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. That coupled with busy travel schedules on both ends creates logistical nightmares when it comes to lining up in-person interviews.  Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

In my tenure as a headhunter in the Cloud/Infrastructure niche, I’ve seen the hottest technologies become commoditized. LinkedIn profiles are quickly replacing resumes and there is a HUGE increase in video interviews, or video chats.

Common Applications for Video Interviewing

A hiring manager may choose to include a video chat in the interview process for a number of purposes:

Getting to know you

Unless it’s overwhelmingly convenient from a location and scheduling standpoint, the first interview is typically an exploratory phone call. Having the opportunity to interact face-to-face on a video chat will always provide greater insight into whether it is worth moving to the next step (for both parties).

Presentations

This is usually applied to the technical folks that I represent who are asked to present a product demo or POC (Proof of Concept).

Allowing their boss to meet you

Often times there is a requirement (by HR or self-imposed) for VP or C-level approval on hiring. Rather than push out a final interview until the big-wig is available, some of my clients are beginning to rely on video chat to satisfy that requirement sooner.

Replacing the in-person interview completely

“Laying eyes on the candidate” is usually a must. That said, in unique circumstances where timing is an issue, a video chat can replace the in-person meeting completely. I recently made my first hire with a client in that scenario. While I don’t see it becoming a trend in the near future, it can and does occasionally happen.

Trends on Video Interviews

Since starting my recruiting career about five years ago, there has been a consistent increase in the amount of video interviews year over year.

  • 2011 less than 20% of the interview processes included a video chat
  • 2012 saw a small increase to just under 25%
  • 2013 the number shot up to close to 40%
  • 2014 about 60% of all our interview processes included a video chat
  • To date (as of 6/2015) 75% of the interview processes we are running consist of a video interview
  • The marked increase is likely due to a number of factors:
  • More tech-savvy hiring managers that are comfortable using the technology
  • Higher reliability of Wi-Fi and availability due to smart phones/tablets
  • More competitive candidate-driven hiring environment and recognition that “Time Kills All Deals”
  • Busier travel schedules
  • Our recommendations to clients based on previous success

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10 Data Storage Startups To Watch In 2015

07 Jan 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Happy New Year from Rayboy Insider Search!  Best of luck making 2015 your best year ever.  We are involved in a fast paced industry at a very exciting time. Technologies such as flash caching, cloud disaster recovery, hyper-convergence, and object storage came into their own in 2014, prompting an influx of new data storage startups. There are so many emerging technologies and technology companies it can be hard to keep up.  Below is a list of 10 data storage startups that have launched since fourth quarter of 2013. Now is the time to pay attention to them.

 

Beijing Memblaze Technology Co. Ltd.start up board game

Flagship Product: PBlaze4 Hardware Flash Accelerator Product Launch: General availability in 2015

Although technically not a startup, Memblaze is trying to break into U.S. markets. The company has been around since 2011, selling earlier iterations of its NVMe-based PBlaze PCI Express (PCIe) flash devices to Chinese hyperscale organizations. Memblaze places memory on PCIe cards rather than storage systems to enable capacity planning. PBlaze4 devices will be available in nearly 40 memory configurations using Memblaze’s Pianokey technology, which enables MLC and SLC flash to be added in 50 GB increments.

CacheBox Inc.

Flagship Product: CacheAdvance software Product Launch: August 2014

CacheBox provides a bare-metal caching software layer known as CacheAdvance that bridges hard disk and all-flash storage. The algorithm balances static and dynamic caching policies, applying block-level intelligence to manage input/output requests from high availability storage. Server-side cache and guest-level operating system cache are supported for MySQL and MongoDB environments that run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Linux-based storage. CacheBox’s initial release supports kernel-based virtual machine hypervisors, with VMware vSphere support on the 2015 roadmap.

To view the rest of the 2015 Data Storage Startups  CLICK HERE.

2014 Year End Recap of Storage Salaries

19 Dec 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Storage Magazine has been providing salary surveys for the storage industry for the past 12 years. Always of interest to folks we speak with, we wanted to bring the 2014 salary survey for storage industry careers to your attention. All you have to do is fill out their landing page and the survey is yours. If interested in a specific salary survey for a different type of functional role (sales, marketing, systems engineering, PS, etc.), please contact us directly to discuss further.

 

 

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From the article:

Paychecks for data storage professionals are holding steady, according to the results of our twelfth annual Storage magazine Salary Survey, which also revealed that storage pros are spending an increasing amount of time in the application and networking space, taking control of projects that span several IT disciplines.

Our 2014 respondents displayed a combination of aptitude and attitude — a roll-up-your-sleeves type of technical grit — that keeps them at the center of the action. “At the moment, we are implementing VDI … and are in the middle of scaling to 1,000 users,” explained one participant. “We are halfway through, and the issues we have encountered have been both fascinating and frustrating.”

More than 23% of those surveyed said the lines dividing IT teams at their companies had “blurred significantly,” and another 22% reported working more closely with other IT teams than they ever have before.

See full survey here.

At Rayboy Insider Search, we specialize in Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Executive Leadership talent in the storage, software, and infrastructure marketplace.  We’re currently partnering with a well-funded Bay Area startup that is disrupting the scale-out NAS marketplace. They have designed a cloud-based multi-tenant management solution that is both affordable and easy to use, combining an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including features like continuous data protection, inline deduplication and disaster recovery at 1/10 the price point of their competitors. In addition to their award winning solutions (as recognized by Gartner, CRN, and others), they pride themselves on having a fun down-to-Earth work environment. The kitchen is always stocked with snacks and beverages, lunch is provided many days of the week, they have a great espresso machine, as well as pool table, table tennis, or foosball for relaxation. They also do Friday morning bagels as a company and Friday afternoon beer bashes!demand funnel

Since going GA earlier this year, they have been doubling revenue quarter over quarter each quarter since. In order to continue building on this momentum, they are now looking to hire their first Director of Demand Gen to be based in their Silicon Valley HQ. This Director will have a critical impact on the company’s success, as the firm has very short sales cycles (sometimes under 30 days) and leads can quickly be translated into revenue. They already utilize Marketo for marketing automation, and need a leader who can put additional lead nurturing processes and demand generation programs in place. They fully expect this Director to build a team underneath themselves as the company continues to scale, and will be paid a lucrative base salary plus equity ownership in the company. If you are passionate about working with ground-breaking storage solutions and interested in getting in on the ground floor with a well-funded startup in a highly impactful role, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. The timing couldn’t be better!

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Jordan Rayboy, President and CEO of Rayboy Insider Search, presented twice at the NAPS (National Association of Personnel Services) annual conference held September 15-17 in Houston, TX. The NAPS conference is the premier training opportunity for the search and placement industry. Attendees had an opportunity to learn from best practices and understand how to improve their business while expanding their professional network.logo

Jordan presented a hard-hitting session called “Time Kills All Deals” explaining how driving a sense of urgency w/ clients and candidates will help lead to more mutually successful outcomes. Jordan also participated in an all-star speaker panel that wrapped  up the conference, answering audience questions on best practices to grow their recruiting business.

This was Jordan’s third time speaking at the NAPS annual conference. He has also presented at numerous Fordyce Forums and state associations. Jordan was the keynote speaker this year at both the Top Echelon annual conference and the Ohio Recruiters Association annual workshop. Jordan is also a member of the Pinnacle Society, an elite consortium of 75 of the highest producing recruiters in North America. He was elected to the Pinnacle Board of Directors in 2011, later serving as Member Education Chair, and was elected Pinnacle’s Member of the Year in 2013 for his contributions to the society. Click here to see the full NAPS 2014 conference agenda.

Have You Heard Of These 10 Hot Hadoop Startups ?

29 Aug 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

 

As data volumes grow, figuring out how to unlock value becomes vastly important. Hadoop enables the processing of large data sets in a distributed environment and has become almost synonymous with big data. Here are 10 startups with solutions for unlocking big data value.

 

It’s no secret that data volumes are growing exponentially. What’s a bit more mysterious is figuring out how to unlock the value of all of that data. A big part of the problem is that traditional databases weren’t designed for big data-scale volumes, nor were they designed to incorporate different types of data (structured and unstructured) from different apps.

Lately, Apache Hadoop, an open-source framework that enables the processing of large data sets in a distributed environment, has become almost synonymous with big data. With Hadoop, end users can run applications on systems composed of thousands of nodes that pull in thousands of terabytes of data.hadoop 1

Here are 10 startups hoping to grab a piece of that nearly $1 billion pie. These startups were chosen and ranked based on a combination of funding, named customers, competitive positioning, the track record of its executives, and the ability to articulate a real-world problem and explain why the startup’s solution is an ideal one to solve it.

(Please note that this lineup favors newer startups. As a result, some big, well-funded names have been left off, such as Cloudera, Datameer, DataStax, and MapR Technologies, simply because they’ve been around longer than most in this new market sector.)

1. Platfora

What They Do: Provide a big data analytics solution that transforms raw data in Hadoop into interactive, in-memory business intelligence.

Headquarters: San Mateo, Calif.

CEO: Ben Werther, who formerly served as vice president of products at DataStax.

Founded: 2011

Funding: $65 million to date. The latest round ($38 million Series C) was locked down in March. Tenaya Capital led the round, while Citi Ventures, Cisco, Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and In-Q-Tel all participated.

Why They’re on This List: As with many startups on this list, Platfora was founded in order to simplify Hadoop. While businesses have been rapidly adopting Apache Hadoop as a scalable and inexpensive solution to store massive amounts of data, they struggle to extract meaningful value from that data. The Platfora solution masks the complexity of Hadoop, which makes it easier for business analysts to leverage their organization’s myriad data.

Platfora tries to simplify the data collection and analysis process, automatically transforming raw data in Hadoop into interactive, in-memory business intelligence, with no ETL or data warehousing required. Platfora provides an exploratory BI and analytics platform designed for business analysts. Platfora gives business analysts visual, self-service analytical tools that help them navigate from events, actions, and behaviors to business facts.

Customers include Comcast, Disney, Edmunds.com and the Washington Post.

Competitive Landscape: Platfora competes with the likes of Datameer, Tableau, IBM, SAP, SAS, Alpine Data, and Rapid-I.

Key Differentiator: Platfora claims to have the first scale-out in-memory Big Data Analytics platform for Hadoop. Platfora’s focus on simplifying Hadoop and Big Data analysis is becoming a more common goal of late, but they are an early mover in this respect.

2. Alpine Data Labs

What They Do: Provide a Hadoop-based data analysis platform.

Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

CEO: Joe Otto, formerly senior vice president of sales and service at Greenplum.

Founded: 2010

Funding: $23.5 million in total funding, including $16 in Series B Funding, from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital and Robert Bosch Venture Capital.

Why They’re on This List: Most executives and managers don’t have the time or skills to code in order to glean data insights, nor do they have the time to learn about complex new infrastructures like Hadoop. Rather, they want to see the big picture. The trouble is that complex advanced analytics and machine learning typically require scripting and coding expertise, which can limit access to data scientists. Alpine Data mitigates this issue by making predictive analytics accessible via SaaS.

Alpine Data provides a visual drag-and-drop approach that allows data analysts (or any designated user) throughout an organization to work with large data sets, develop and refine models, and collaborate at scale without having to code. Data is analyzed in the live environment, without migrating or sampling, via a Web app that can be locally hosted.

Alpine Data leverages the parallel processing power of Hadoop and MPP databases and implements data mining algorithms in MapReduce and SQL. Users interact with their data directly where it already sits. Then, they can design analytics workflows without worrying about data movement. All this is done in a Web browser, and Alpine Data then translates these visual workflows into a sequence of in-database or MapReduce tasks.

Customers include Sony, Havas Media, Scala, Visa, Xactly, NBC, Avast, BlackBerry, and Morgan Stanley.

Competitive Landscape: Alpine will compete both with large incumbents (SAS, IBM, SPSS, and SAP) and such startups as Nuevora, Platfora, Skytree, Revolution Analytics, and Rapid-I.

Key Differentiator: Alpine Data Labs argues that most competing solutions are either desktop-based or a point solutions without any collaborative capability. In contrast, Alpine Data offers a “SharePoint-like” feel to it. On top of collaboration and search, it also provides modeling and machine learning under the same roof. Alpine is also part of the No-Data-Movement camp. Regardless if a company’s data is in Hadoop or MPP Database, Alpine sends out instructions, via its In-Cluster Analytics, without ever moving data.

3. Altiscale

What They Do: Provide Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS).

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

CEO: Raymie Stata, who was previously CTO of Yahoo.

Founded: March 2012

Funding: Altiscale is backed by $12 million in Series A funding from General Catalyst and Sequoia Capital, along with investments from individual backers.

Why They’re on This List: Hadoop has become almost synonymous with Big Data, yet the number of Hadoop experts available in the wild cannot hope to keep up with demand. Thus, the market for HaaS should rise in step with big data. In fact, according to TechNavio, the HaaS market will top $19 billion by 2016.

Altiscale’s service is intended to abstract the complexity of Hadoop. Altiscale’s engineers set up, run, and manage Hadoop environments for their customers, allowing customers to focus on their data and applications. When customers’ needs change, services are scaled to fit — one of the core advantages of a cloud-based service.

Customers include MarketShare and Internet Archive.

Competitive Landscape: The HaaS space is heating up. Competitors comes from incumbents, such as Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Microsoft’s Hadoop on Azure, and Rackspace’s service based on Hortonworks’ distribution. Altiscale will also compete directly with Hortonworks and with such startups as Cloudera, Mortar Data, Qubole, and Xpleny.

Key Differentiator: Altiscale argues that they are “the only firm to actually provide a soup-to-nuts Hadoop deployment. By comparison, AWS forces companies to acquire, install, deploy, and manage a Hadoop implementation — something that takes a lot of time.”

4. Trifacta

What They Do: Provide a platform that enables users to transform raw, complex data into clean and structured formats for analysis.

Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

CEO: Joe Hellerstein, who in addition to serving as Trifacta’s CEO is also a professor of Computer Science at Berkeley. In 2010, Fortune included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology, and MIT Technology Review included his Bloom language for cloud computing on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world.”

Founded: 2012

Funding: Trifacta is backed by $16.3 million in funding raised in two rounds from Accel Partners, XSeed Capital, Data Collective, Greylock Partners, and individual investors.

Why They’re on This List: According to Trifacta, there is a bottleneck in the data chain between the technology platforms for Big Data and the tools used to analyze data. Business analysts, data scientists, and IT programmers spend an inordinate amount of time transforming data. Data scientists, for example, spend as much as 60 to 80 percent of their time transforming data. At the same time, business data analysts don’t have the technical ability to work with new data sets on their own.

To solve this problem, Trifacta uses “Predictive Interaction” technology to elevate data manipulation into a visual experience, allowing users to quickly and easily identify features of interest or concern. As analysts highlight visual features, Trifacta’s predictive algorithms observe both user behavior and properties of the data to anticipate the user’s intent and make suggestions without the need for user specification. As a result, the cumbersome task of data transformation becomes a lightweight experience that is far more agile and efficient than traditional approaches. Lockheed Martin and Accretive Health are early customers.

Competitive Landscape: Trifacta will compete with Paxata, Informatica and CirroHow.

Key Differentiator: Trifacta argues that the problem of data transformation requires a radically new interaction model — one that couples human business insight with machine intelligence. Trifacta’s platform combines visual interaction with intelligent inference and “Predictive Interaction” technology to close the gap between people and data. Read More.

 

Another Win for Cloud Computing-Cloudian Raises $24M

27 Aug 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog, Startups

Cloudian, a provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has closed a $24 million financing round, which will enable the company to expand its global sales and marketing reach, and develop its solutions for dealing with rapid growth of unstructured data.cloud 1

The new financing round included new investments from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan and Fidelity Growth Partners, and existing Cloudian shareholder Intel Capital.

Cloudian’s HyperStore software allows enterprises to easily deploy of private clouds on commodity hardware, but also push data to Amazon S3 cloud object storage. This allows enterprises to create tiered hybrid storage where, for instance, Amazon’s public cloud is used for long-term bulk storage, and their most critical data is kept on-premises. This is particularly useful for companies with large growing amounts of unstructured data.

According to Cloudian CEO and co-founder Michael Tso, the new funding will “accelerate the deployment of our production-proven storage solutions and revolutionize the cost, scalability and availability models for storing unstructured data in the enterprise.”  Read More.

What Happens Now? Hitachi Data Systems Acquires Sepaton

21 Aug 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

More consolidation happening in the storage industry, as Hitachi Data Systems acquires Sepaton. George Crump, an IT analyst whose firm focuses on data storage and virtualization, wrote an interesting article outlining why he believes this is a win-win for both sides:

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, which is a division of Hitachi Ltd, of Japan.

Who is Sepaton?aquire

Founded in 2001, Sepaton was one of the early entrants into the disk-based, de-duplication backup market and originally focused on replacing tape-based backup systems (Sepaton’s name is actually “No Tapes” spelled backwards). But as disk backup and de-deduplication became more mainstream, Sepaton rightly shifted their focus to the advantages of their data reduction technology, building a base of some 3000 customers.

Leveraging their ‘DeltaScale’ technology, Sepaton’s PBBAs deliver some of the fastest backup and recovery performance on the market (up to 80TB per hour) in a modular, scalable, architecture. Using byte-level de-duplication Sepaton’s systems provide some of the highest, most consistent data reduction ratios regardless of data type, enabling multiple-PB, single-system capacities.

 Did Sepaton need to do this?

Sepaton participates in the fiercely competitive purpose-built backup appliance market. They have had the advantage of focusing on enterprise-level customers with a highly scalable, high performance feature set that typically appeals to that market. Their challenge, similar to any startup or small company selling to the enterprise, is building the credibility to effectively compete. While they may have had a product that some considered better suited to the enterprise, they were at a distinct disadvantage when going up against the likes of EMC.

They also faced the reality that many of their partners eventually became competitors. For example, HP was an early advocate and OEM of Sepaton’s, but now competes directly with their StoreOnce technology. The advantage of being part of HDS is that Sepaton gets instant credibility in the market and access to HDS’s resources, channel and sales organization.

Why did HDS do this?

For their part, HDS had no serious offering in the disk backup appliance market while most of their competitors did; including HP, IBM, EMC, Dell and even Oracle. HDS does have an enterprise sales organization and providing them with a quality disk backup appliance that is differentiated from their competition should be an immediate benefit. And Sepaton does create some synergies with HDS’s existing product line. HDS has also been providing the hardware platform for Sepaton’s S2100, with their AMS2100 SAS RAID-6 based storage system.

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