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On the Record with Rose: Jeremy Collins

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Jeremy has been working for Brightspot since October 2009.

This week, Rose went on the record with Jeremy Collins, a chief architect for Brightspot, whose recent project, Beam, is fundamentally changing the way Brightspot handles operations. During their conversation, Rose and Jeremy spoke more about Beam, his interests in flying, and the unique challenges presented by USA Today's High School Sports.

How long have you been working for Brightspot?
It has been 5 years.

Where did you work prior to Brightspot?
Prior to Brightspot, I worked at AOL for 5 years and prior to that I worked for a small financial firm.

Describe a unique challenge or project you have worked on at Brightspot?
One of the more challenging projects was High School Sports because it involved so much data. We had to store over 60 million records in Brightspot which at the time was the most we had ever stored in Brightspot.

What inspired you to become a Software Engineer?
I have always had a fascination with computers. When I was a kid my father had a Coleco Adam computer and it was neat to see what you could do with it.

What is your favorite part about working at Brightspot?
I really like all the people I get to work with and we get to work on interesting and challenging projects.

Tell me a little bit about Beam. How is it changing the way we work at Brightspot?
Beam is an operations tool that allows us to consistently build and manage Brightspot sites. It also bridges the gap between development and operations by allowing developers to be more involved in the operations side of building a site. Developers can modify their project's operations settings and do their own deployments.

Where would you go in a time machine?
I'd probably go back to when the Wright Brothers flew the first plane at Kitty Hawk and watch them. I think that would be neat!

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