Wrong Technology





Previously in 2010, I founded Plot.io, a web-based interactive visual analytics system based on Leland Wilkinson's Grammar of Graphics. You can see it in action here.

The front-end was originally authored in a custom Lisp dialect, transpiled to Coffeescript, then Javascript. The programming paradigm was inspired by Flapjax, based on functional reactive programming and flow-based programming, long before Elm or React/Redux were a thing. The entire user interface and visualization/rendering library minified down to ~150KB, a fourth of the size of the average web page back in 2010.

As far as I'm aware, it was the first browser-based "BI" system in existence that worked without third-party plugins like Adobe SVG.

Plot.io was acquired by Platfora in 2012, which in turn was acquired by Workday in 2016. The product is currently called Prism.

Way back

I was pretty laid back for a decade, and did a bunch of consulting gigs at 3Com, Abbott, Aon, Astra Zeneca, Elan, Genworth Financial, Glaxo SmithKline, Healthways, Herbalife, Metlife, Northwestern Mutual, Pfizer, Sun Microsystems and XL Re, via Infosys.

Every engagement gave me hands-on experience working on everything from tried-and-trusted tech, to fads and flavor-of-the-day frameworks. That kind of broad, rapid-fire exposure helps develop intuition on what works, what does not, and dealing with all kinds of stakeholders, from fledgling engineers all the way to business sponsors.