Big Data enthusiast and Apache Cassandra fan. DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra for 2017. Craftsman with more than 10 years of experience, all arounder but when he does backend coding (mostly in Java) he feels right at home. Strong believer in balance between good technical skills and soft skills. Striving for knowledge is his main drive, which is why he enjoys learning new tools and languages, blogging, working on open source, presenting at conferences. Co-founder of SmartCat company delivering Big Data consulting, Data Science services and DevOps. Family guy, most of his free time tries to spend with his wife and daughter but also likes boardgaming, snowboarding and playing tennis and football.