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Alex silva

Alex Silva is a principal data architect at Pluralsight, where he leads the development of the company’s data infrastructure and services. He has been instrumental in establishing Pluralsight’s data initiative by architecting a platform that is used to capture valuable insights on real-time video analytics while integrating several data sources within the business.

Before joining Pluralsight, Alex was a principal data engineer at Rackspace, leading a team of developers responsible for building the company’s data initiative. Alex has built a reputation as a passionate and pragmatic data evangelist. He was a key asset in establishing Rackspace’s big data platform by helping architect a solution used to drive actionable insight on consumer behavior and product-usage trends. He has also designed several analytical models, APIs, and frameworks that enable Rackspace to deliver its award-winning Fanatical Support®, including a computational linguistics library used to analyze and classify support chat logs.

Alex was also a principal software engineer at ESPN Emerging Technologies. In that role, he architected and developed a distributed application to help basketball operators collect play-by-play records for data warehousing and modeling purposes. Alex has also held several senior-level engineering positions at Walt Disney World Internet Group, Pentaho, OutStart, and Travelatro.com, all based in Orlando, Florida.

Alex is Sun Certified as an Enterprise Architect for the J2EE platform and is also a web component developer and a Java 2 programmer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

When Alex is not programming, you’ll probably catch him with an athletic bag on his shoulders. He is a little bit of a sports junkie, particularly a CrossFit addict, who has been known to create an epidemic of fitness recovery, smoking cessation, and weight loss around him.

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