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Element Continues to Grow and Hires New Leaders from Oracle and GE Digital

I’m gratified to lead a startup providing an impactful software solution to industrial companies. I’m even more gratified when that solution gets noticed and oure company gains momentum.

The most recent evidence of Element’s momentum -- scaling to reach more companies with our solution --  is the hiring of our first EVP Sales. The indicators of our ramp can be found beyond that, however.

The news: we’ve hired Stephen Walsh as our first Executive Vice President of Sales.

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Employee Spotlight on “Elementee” Enrique Meneses

Enrique is a software engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to Element he created a product at Careflow Solutions based on his work with health care standards for care planning and coordination of care. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Q: As a former entrepreneur, what skills were transferable from starting your own business to working at Element?

A: I had the opportunity to work with multiple health care clients from the early stages of an idea to building and delivering working products. I was lucky to connect with teams who valued user experience design and lean execution. That experience aligns great with the strong customer focus and agile execution of the Element teams.

My role was a mix of consultant and engineer. I worked with users from the early requirements phase, worked on architecture, design and developed the product (both backend and front-end) as a member of my client’s IT teams. I also developed my own product; so for the last couple of years, I've been operating in startup mode.

Q: Tell us a bit more about what you do on a day to day basis here at Element.

A: I build backend software for integrating information from the industrial internet of things (IIoT). I get to do functional programming in Scala, my favorite programming language. I am excited to be contributing to bringing together the diversity of industrial assets and high volume time series data to enable our digital twin platform for industrial transformation.

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The Quarterback at Element: The Product Manager

Many people say that product management is the “it” role in Silicon Valley. I don’t necessarily disagree; after all, many of my peers going into tech companies were adamant about becoming product managers before they realized the scarcity of the role. Despite the plethora of “What is Product Management” articles floating around the internet, it remains a nebulous career owing to both its apparent scarcity and because its responsibilities are so uniquely tied to people and product. With all that being said, I feel beyond fortunate to have experienced my first taste of product management at Element Analytics.

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Employee Spotlight on “Elementee” Nina Garcia

Nina is a software engineer based in San Francisco. Prior to Element, she developed web analytics for Addthis/Oracle and sensor simulation environments for NVESD. She holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from George Mason University.

Q:  Tell us a bit more about what you do on a day to day basis here at Element.

A: Our team is responsible for the product that helps customers build and maintain dynamic digital twins. We’re making a big move in the way we store and query our data models, so I’m setting up feature tests for this new distributed graph service. We’re all getting to create as we go, since this stack is new in the big data community. Occasionally you can find me reviewing React code or implementing our design systems.

Q: What are some helpful technologies you’ve started using at Element?

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Andrew Vignes
Jul 26, 2017

Andrew Vignes

Employee Spotlight on “Elementee” Andrew Vignes

Andrew Vignes is a Forward Deployed Engineer at Element Analytics.  He joined the company in March 2017 and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He has a BS and MBA from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.

Q: The Forward Deployed Engineer (FDE) role is somewhat unique to Element Analytics.  Tell us a bit more about what you do on a day to day basis here at Element.

A: I think you have to take two things into account when considering the FDE role at Element Analytics.   First, for the FDE role itself, we are involved in all customer facing activities - both before and after they become a customer, including:
     Training (development and delivery)
     Demonstrations of software
     Customer requirements gathering
     Supporting customers as they implement and utilize the Element Platform
     Project Planning and Management   
     Providing embedded services for the customer

Second, given that Element Analytics is a startup, you also get exposure to and get involved with many other any parts of the business. Often, I’ll find myself on marketing calls, or product management calls, where they rely on my experience to help plan marketing campaigns and product roadmap, respectively.

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