Tealium Expert Spotlight: David Vallejo

Employee Emeritus

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The Tealium community is thrilled to shine its Expert Spotlight on @thyngster. David is a freelance Implementation Specialist from the Basque Country in Spain, and the author of our latest user blog: UDO Debugger Chrome Extension for Tealium iQ Implementations. Keep reading below and get to know David better. 

How do you interact with Tealium’s products on a daily basis?

I mostly work with Tealium IQ, doing all types of implementations and trying to get the most from the tool. I try building tools to make my daily work easier in my own way.

What do you like to do outside of work?

That is an easy question to answer. When I'm not at work, I'm likely riding my bike or hiking.

What do you see as the hottest trends in technology today?

There are a lot of trends in technology: AI, ML, RPA, Cloud, IoT, to mention some of them. What I find really interesting is how some of them are starting to work together like in the Hyper Automation or how some of them are turning out to be really useful, not just a bunch of data floating in the Cloud, like with the Edge Computing.

It's going to be a real challenge for companies and legislators to manage all these new technologies from a privacy perspective.

How can an organization stay relevant five years from now?

It's hard to think where we will be in 5 years because of how extremely fast the industry is evolving, but I'd say organizations that will stay relevant are those who invest in people, more explicitly in talented people.

Tools will evolve, clients will move on and there's nothing a company can do about it, instead they have a chance to do something about their employees. Successful companies need to have the capacity to quickly adapt new trends, new technologies, keep an open mind, and that's only possible when working with talented people who are passionate about what they do.

What do you consider most promising in the era of big data?

I think the exponential growth curve of data and how the Cloud is allowing many companies access to Big Data so they can focus on making that data actionable.

It is really exciting to see how important Big Data is turning out to be. It’s going to be applicable to almost any field in the future.

What app would be hard for you to live without?

I'm not necessarily hooked to any specific app - I keep switching apps when a new and better option comes up.

Maybe worth mentioning that every time I reset my phone, I always install 3 apps in a strict order for some reason - Twitter, Linkedin and at least 1 application for searching flights.

What was the worst job you’ve ever had?

I think it would be when I worked as a server outsourcing/technician. Anything could go wrong at any given time and you'd have to be available. It was impossible to know how long a fix would take and I really prefer to have a more stable schedule.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

Nikola Tesla. One of the most influential scientists, and also one of the most forgotten ones, who was decades ahead of his time. I can't imagine the actual world without many of his inventions (properly accredited or not) and his theories (demonstrated or not).

And lastly… If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?

A Komodo Dragon, need I explain why? .

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