In 2017, Robert (Bob) Grossman founded Analytic Strategy Partners LLC so that he could leverage his industry experiences for over 25 years to help companies with their analytic strategies, analytic operations, analytic governance, and analytic acquisitions.
Bob's first big data project was the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), which was a particle accelerator with a planned ring circumference of 87.1 kilometers (54.1 mi) and an energy of 20 TeV per proton. It was designed to be the world's largest and most energetic accelerator and would have produced more data than any other scientific instrument operating at that time. Bob led one of the data analytics research teams (the PASS Project) from 1990 until the project was cancelled due to its cost in 1993. The PASS Project continued until 1995 developing technology for managing and analyzing large datasets using clusters of workstations.
In 1995, Bob took the lessons learned from the PASS Project and founded Magnify, Inc. Magnify was a venture backed startup and Bob was its CEO until 2001. Magnify was one of the the first companies to deploy commercially technology for building machine learning models that were too large to fit into the memory of a single computer. Magnify provided software and associated consulting services to companies in financial services, computational advertising, and insurance. It pioneered software to build ensembles of data mining models using clusters of workstations. Magnify was sold to ChoicePoint in 2003. (In 2008, Reed Elsevier, now RELX Group, acquired ChoicePoint.) It's worth noting that the architecture that Magnify developed for managing and analyzing large datasets was not widely available until the development of Hadoop over ten yeas later.
From 2001 to 2015, Bob was the Founder and Managing Partner of Open Data Group. Open Data Group provided data science consulting services to a wide variety of companies, including those in financial services, computational advertising, cybersecurity, location services, and logistics. Open Data Group was one of the first companies to use Hadoop, Spark, AWS, GCP, and related technologies for building and deploying analytics at scale. In 2016, Open Data Group refocused on its analytic deployment engine FastScore and Bob served as Open Data Group's Chief Data Scientist in 2016.
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