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Alex Seeholzer is the Director of Data Services at SOPHiA GENETICS, in charge of secure services for data-intense applications in genomics, health, and business domains. He is a specialist in data-science and mathematical modeling by training, and a technologist and creative leader at heart. With over 10 years of experience in the technology space, he fosters innovation in his teams by encouraging analytical thinking and active communication.
Director of Data Services, SOPHiA GENETICS
We went with Starburst for a number of reasons. We needed a system that could access heterogeneous data storages of various types and be able to specify on a per user basis, in a very fine-grained manner, who is allowed access to which data. Starburst thereby helps us implement data governance, via discovery, cataloging, and access control.
Cross-regional querying is also very important. Due to data compliance laws, data can only remain in its country of origin. With Starburst, we have the ability to query business metrics across borders without compromising on security, governance, and regulations.
Starburst is a part of our overall infrastructure as the hub that allows us to connect regions and sources together and allows us to generate business metrics while adhering to data compliance laws.
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With Starburst, we are able to control and observe all of our data no matter where it lives! Plus, it’s easier for our teams to demonstrate compliance. We’ve also accelerated time-to-insight as our business analysts can explore data faster because the datasets, columns, and rows they’re permitted to access have already been established, and they don’t need to appeal to Data Services.
Yes! I feel the data governance rules and regulations make it necessary to have a decentralized approach because data needs to remain in its region of origin. Starburst allows us to aggregate data from storages in each region, then across multiple regions. This allows us to discover, explore, and aggregate business data much easier without having to run into access requests and bureaucracy. It cuts down the turnaround time to generate new metrics, while also giving fast and secure data access.
One of the core missions of my team is to make a Business Data Mesh happen. It is my team’s job to deal with this problem, build out the capabilities, and enable these kinds of accesses while adhering to necessary policies. Starburst for sure made my life easier by enabling a first mesh that we can start operating.
Alex feels Mars is almost habitable and if he decides to open an office there, he wouldn't be lonely for long!
"Starburst supports us in expanding our technological reach while also keeping a tight grip on data security and privacy. We can see ourselves expanding our relationship with Starburst as the needs of our company grow in the future."
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