Software Engineer | San Francisco, CA
Why do you love working at Bazaarvoice?
Everybody I've met in the company is awesome. They're really positive people, really motivated to do things technically the right way, and do what's right for our clients.
The other thing that I really like about working here is the vast amount of data that we have. The San Francisco based team I'm on is the big data analytics engineering team. Our mission is to help extract actionable information from our operations databases and make it consumable by our clients and client reps.
Because of the size of our client base and syndication network, we have information that’s not available anywhere else on the internet. It's really challenging and exciting; I'm learning new things everyday.
What is your proudest technical accomplishment?
Syndication reporting -- the reports that allow our clients to see what the impact of our solutions is on their websites due to participating in our review syndication network. It's been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work because we're trying to pull all this data that we get from the Bazaarvoice operational system every day, do the analysis and then pump that out to a reporting infrastructure for the client.
What extra-curricular tech activities do you participate in?
I spend most of my time trying to understand these new open source technologies, like Hadoop and HBase. We're on the cusp of making changes to some of these open source projects to apply them to our own problems. And we will start contributing that back to the open source projects as well.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Our house is furnished with mid-century modern furniture that we found and restored. It’s been a lot of fun. I think this is what drives me as a developer. Somebody once characterized me as a fixer. I like fixing things.
Tell us one interesting fact about you
My last name is Rogers. Well it turns out, when I was a kid, I actually lived in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred Rogers lived around the corner from us. And sometimes I say that, after years of being the butt of Mister Rogers jokes, that’s why I did my Ph.D. work, so that when anybody calls me "Mr. Rogers," I say, no, for you it's “Dr. Rogers.”