Team Member Spotlight: Taylor Stout

by | May 24, 2019

Taylor Stout

Data Engi­neer

 

Taylor began his career at Search Discovery just over two years ago, and has certi­fi­ca­tions with three of our strate­gic part­ners under his belt. Taylor is an avid trav­eller, and foodie, in his free time he enjoys taking trips with his wife, golfing, and explor­ing local eater­ies along the Atlanta Belt­Line. Taylor received a Bach­e­lor of Science in Compu­ta­tional Media from Georgia Tech, but his inter­est in data science really began while working at a Fortune 500 company working on supply chains logis­tics. He special­izes in busi­ness intel­li­gence plat­forms and is actively growing his skillset in cloud engi­neer­ing. He thrives on helping people lever­age their tools and teams to make smarter and more effi­cient busi­ness deci­sions, and the “ah-ha” moments when clients realize the poten­tial of their data.

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Get to know Taylor

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Pay off student loans!

What superhero power would you have and why?

The ability to speed up/slow down time. The idea of fast forward­ing through plane flights and sleep­ing in every morning is hard to beat.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Cyprus. It’s not every day you get to travel to a far exotic land and be surrounded by family (my wife’s father’s side of the family all live on the island). The history there alone, which includes a history of Persian, Ottomon, Roman, and Greek rule, is amazing. Don’t get me started on the food!
Lisa in Lisbon, Portugal

What three traits define you?

Inno­v­a­tive, reli­able, friendly

Tell us about something you learned recently?

I’m terri­ble at saying no.

What is an important or cool trend you see in our industry today?

The accessibility/democratization of data. It’s amazing to see how much easier it is today for busi­ness users to access and work with data. The days of vaults of cold data sitting behind a wall of IT orga­ni­za­tions is (hope­fully) going away. I’m seeing more and more busi­ness deci­sions becom­ing ever increas­ingly powered by real data instead just processes and/or intu­ition. This brings about a whole new set of excit­ing chal­lenges.

What 3 words would you use to describe Search Discovery?

Family. Bril­liance. Ambi­tion.

Our purpose is to help people thrive. Describe a transformation you’ve experienced in your time at Search Discovery.

While at Search Discovery I’ve been able to trans­form and expand my skill sets into various areas. This includes learn­ing new tech­nol­ogy plat­forms and also learn­ing how to better consult and partner with clients. On any given day I may be docu­ment­ing data archi­tec­ture, imple­ment­ing code, meeting with clients as part of a sales pitch, or helping to train colleagues. I believe this has trans­formed me into being more “well rounded”.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Search Discovery?

The people without a doubt. It doesn’t hurt that we are doing excit­ing work, but it’s the people that make it all worth it!

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