Get to know Asher, Data Engineering Director
What is the best thing about being an engineer?
The best thing for me about being an engineering leader at Target is the opportunity to solve problems at scale that have never been solved before.
What was the most exciting thing that happened this month?
The most exciting thing for me this month has been that two engineers on my team are now Apache contributors. This not only showcases the kind of focus Target has on open source, but also showcases our engineering capabilities. This really puts a retail company like Target with the likes of large tech companies like LinkedIn and PayPal in terms of our engineering capabilities. This sets Target apart from our competitors and also enables us to bring top engineering talent to Target.
What should every engineer be following right now?
There are a ton of exciting open source projects going on at the Apache Software Foundation. I would highly recommend every engineer to stay aware of those and understand these technologies so they can leverage them to solve their problems.
What’s your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far?
Enabling engineers on my team to collaborate with the Apache community and contribute on Apache projects like Hadoop and Knox. This gives Target the ability to not only contribute to open source software but also to drive the direction and road map for open source projects that benefits Target.
What is your favorite thing about working at Target?
The scale that we operate at in terms of data.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a Software Engineer. I started coding when I was 13, which is probably old for today’s norm, but it was considered a pretty young age back then.
What is the hardest thing about being an engineer?
Problem solving in ways that can make everyone (maybe most people) happy.
Best career advice that you’ve received?
Three things are most important. Relationships, relationships and relationships.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs! Even though I don’t have a dog right now. But I can see us getting one as my son grows a bit older.
What is your superpower/unicorn flavor?
I pride myself on my customer service and relationship building skills. I can find common ground with everyone I meet.
I’m very excited about the next 12 months at Target. We have an exciting year ahead of us and lots of fun stuff to accomplish for Target.