FAQ

Hi! We’re here to help you deliver an awesome product.

You can expect transparency and communication at all times. We’ll strive to give you effective solutions that can grow with your business. We pride ourselves on our ability to understand your business needs and to engineer appropriate solutions. We’ll provide accurate, useful advice and help you understand engineering options and trade-offs.

We are senior technologists and we’ll help in every way we can. If that means helping your team put out a fire, meet a deadline, find a nasty bug, or tackle the tough stuff, we are glad to be of service.

Our contract is fair and low-obligation. You can end our engagement at any time for any reason. We keep track of our time carefully and only charge for the work we do.

Peter Fries

President, UpJump

1. WHAT DO YOU DO EXACTLY?

We are a data engineering team available for hire. What is data engineering? We work on problems that have a data focus. This includes data-intensive applications such as:

  • search and recommendations,
  • data integration between different applications,
  • finding valuable data sources and making them usable by our clients, and
  • analyzing data in support of business use cases.

2. WHAT ARE DATA PRODUCTS?

Data products are valuable information packaged for consumption by business and consumers. These products include research reports and searchable databases. Examples of research reports include filtered lists of highly-qualified sales leads, pricing optimization strategies, sales trends, or competitor analysis. Examples of searchable databases include customer demographics, enhanced/cleaned government data, commercial real estate transactions, or all the websites using certain technologies. The difference between reports and searchable databases isn’t absolute. Some searchable databases provide aggregate reporting capabilities. Data products are simply information valuable to a certain market.

3. IS THIS BIG DATA?

Maybe! We work on big and small data. Our team is expert in big data technologies such as Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Spark, and Hadoop. But we don’t reach for the big guns until they’re required. Many interesting data applications are much smaller in scope but deliver “big value”.

4. WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DO YOU WORK WITH?

We are technolgoy agnostic for the most part. Our focus is on finding the right solution for each client and delivering exceptional business value. We have no affiliation with any commercial products. We’ll use the right tool for the job and for the client. We love bleeding edge technology as much as the next team but we don’t take risks with our clients and will opt for the safe, proven choice whenever possible.

5. CAN YOU WORK WITH RELATIONAL DATABASES?

Yes! We love SQL. We think NoSQL stands for “Not Only SQL”. Most business data resides in relational databases and we are expert in working with Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle databases. In fact, for many analysis projects, SQL provides the richest features out-of-the-box.

6. DO YOU DO SEO?

No, we don’t provide SEO/SEM services although we work with trusted partners who do. When we say ‘search’ we mean the actual finding of documents using customized search engines such as Apache Solr and Elasticsearch. We use these powerful open-source tools to organize everything from Word documents and PDFs to GIS data or tabular data.

7. HOW CAN I HIRE YOU?

If you’d like to work together, just get in touch. We’ll schedule a time to talk through your needs and see if there’s a good fit.


In case you haven’t found the answer for your question please feel free to contact us, our customer support will be happy to help you.