The BlueGranite team has a lot to be thankful for when working in the data and AI space. Whether we are working to support our clients, our team, or building relationships with our partners (MicrosoftDatabricks, and others), we are constantly learning and growing as an organization. As 2018 draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect and express our thanks to the industry, the community, and the people in our organization.

Giving Thanks

We decided the best way to show our thanks would be to ask around and get feedback from our experts. Here are some fun and interesting insights from the BlueGranite team on what they are most thankful for:

Matthew Mace, CEOBG-_0027_MatthweMace.jpg
It’s a privilege to collaborate daily with our talented, flourishing team at BlueGranite. I’m grateful for our ability to leverage tremendous value for our clients, across industries, using our partners’ innovative and agile platforms and groundbreaking analytics tools.

Amy Ford

Amy Ford, Director of People & Culture
I am thankful for so many things. This past year my family moved from Michigan to Seattle and working at a company that allows remote work, and values work-life balance, is something that I am very grateful for. I feel honored, blessed, and humbled every day to work with such amazingly smart, talented individuals. As the Director of People & Culture I talk to a lot of candidates each week and my favorite question that I am asked is “What is your favorite part of your job?” and I am proud to answer “The people! Working with the team members we have is incredible!”

BG-_0008_DavidEldersveld.jpgDavid Eldersveld, Senior Solution Consultant
I’m thankful to work with some of the best people in the industry at BlueGranite, Microsoft’s 2018 US Data and AI Partner of the Year. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without the guidance and expertise of so many great colleagues. I’m also grateful to work with Azure data tools and Power BI on a daily basis.

AndyLathropAndy Lathrop, Principal
I’m thankful to wake up each day and have an almost 100% chance of learning something new about AI, collaborating with a BlueGranite expert, or helping a client solve an important problem. The opportunities are so plentiful and interesting, it’s a challenge to pick the right one – and that’s a great “problem” to have. I guess you could say I’m thankful there’s never a dull day at work!

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I am thankful for great team members who continue to challenge and inspire me.  I am also thankful that the BlueGranite leadership continues to promote learning and professional development across the team. I’m encouraged by BlueGranite’s support of both long- and short-term goals.

MikeDepoian1Mike Depoian, VP Sales/Business Development
I am grateful for the people I work with every day, including partners and clients. They push me to grow and improve more than they know. Technology and client needs change fast and furiously. I appreciate the opportunity to work with and learn from bright teammates, partners, and clients.

BG-_0028_MeaganLongoria.jpgMeagan Longoria, Solution Architect
I’m thankful for the SQL/Power BI community. I learn so much from them through blog posts and tweets and presentations. It’s a welcoming community that freely shares knowledge and encouragement. Being a part of the community has grown my knowledge, my career, and my friendships.

BG-_0020_JoshCrittenden.JPGJosh Crittenden, Senior Data Analytics Consultant
I am thankful for technologies such as Power BI Report Server (PBIRS), which is a perfect example of how Microsoft is investing in hybrid BI architectures. PBIRS allows customers to modernize their on-premises analytics today, while also setting the stage to shift to the Power BI Service tomorrow.

As we celebrate more than 20 years in business, we at BlueGranite are most thankful for you; the sustained opportunity and support from our collaborators, clients, and affiliates helps us continue to flourish. We’re excited to discover what lies around the corner in the progressive world of big data and analytics. We’re just as excited to master those potential new advancements, while staying at the top of trusted current solutions, to continue making the most of your data.

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