When we took a moment to look back at all that we accomplished in 2019, we might have been a little surprised and very proud. We’ve had a productive year.

 Many thanks to our team for all they did to make 2019 such a success. Here’s a brief recap.

 

Strategic growth

Clarity grew its technical workforce by 25% this year. Database, Software, Systems, and User Experience Engineers joined our team. During the third quarter, we named a Director of Cloud Services and a Director of Innovation. Both are inaugural roles filled by current employees — Mike Keith and Ryan Hendrickson respectively. The new positions are designed to prepare us for sustained growth and the complex technical needs of our clients. In October, we welcomed our first Contract Manager, Tonya Artis-Johnson, to handle contract management and administration.

 

Involvement in the local tech community

We were active in meetups, and Clarity sponsored local tech groups like Data Works MD. This year, we helped relaunch Baltimore’s MUG (MongoDB Users Group).

Talking about technology

CodeMash

Our team gave a NiFi presentation and demonstration at January’s CodeMash conference. The endeavor, put together by collaborators Ryan Hendrickson, Elli Schwarz, and Bill Farmer, emerged from our ideas and innovations program (i2).

Apache NiFi is an intuitive, scalable, and customizable dataflow system. It comes with an easy-to-use and appealing management UI, a large market of standard processors, and a vibrant Open Source Community supporting it.

The session was designed to walk attendees through the NiFi basics by showing how to move data across servers and networks using the platform. It covered how to manipulate, enrich, and stream data through custom enrichment processors and in doing so, revealed the features and benefits of NiFi. To showcase NiFi’s capabilities and ease-of-use, our team ran some relatable demos.

Later that month, the CodeMash group gave a special NiFi presentation and demo for our team at the Clarity Loft.

They used NiFi to consume tweets that were filtered on #CodeMash to light-up LED lights that were illuminated thanks to a Raspberry Pi that was equipped with MiNiFi.

In November, we presented on NiFi at Data Works MD.
Internally, we hosted a team tech talk on containers.
 

Embracing learning at conferences and training events

We are committed to keeping our skills current and ready for the future needs of our clients. That’s one reason why our engineers attend or present at tech conferences every year. All of our full-time employees receive a training allowance so that they may take relevant courses or purchase educational materials to advance their skills.

This year, a number of our engineers participated in a “Spring” training event that we sponsored at the UMBC Training Centers. It’s become a recent tradition for us to attend the local NFJS conference in Reston, Virginia, and we checked out MongoDB World in NYC over the summer.

Partnering with UMD’s iSchool

In 2018 and 2019, we worked with students at the University of Maryland’s iSchool in College Park. At the beginning of the academic year, we outlined a specific business challenge for them. To address it, students used their information management skills to develop a Capstone Project that provided possible solutions. As a small business, the partnership was an opportunity to gain creative outside input. In addition to the Capstone initiative, our management team conducted mock job interviews with iSchool students. More iSchool collaboration to come in 2020.

Supporting our community

Clarity’s team giving benefited local charities.

We donated fleece blankets to local causes and provided funding to Services from the Heart, an Anne Arundel County backpack buddies program that provides sustaining food items to local children in need.

Thanks to our employee matching program and other donations, Clarity provided funding to:

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Cub Scout Pack 147

Fisher House Foundation

Folger McKinsey Elementary School

Freestate Roller Derby

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Make a Wish, Severna Park High School

Maryland Food Bank — Fuel Fund

Maryland SPCA

Movember Foundation

Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA)

Vision Financial Scholarship Fund

& more

Official fans

We cheered on our hometown (HQ) high school in sports & arts.

We donated funds to Severna Park High School Athletics throughout the school year.

#STEAM — Clarity contributed to the 30th annual SPHS Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival.

We golfed to raise money for nonprofits

Jeff & TJ golfed for Fisher House Foundation. The organization provides a home-away-from-home for military & veteran families while a loved one is in the hospital.

Where did the year go? Our 2019 events

Clarity GS — a Seven Springs Ski Race

Guinness Open Gate Brewery tour & tasting

Clarity Cup

Orioles outing

Bayhawks fun

Holiday party in Annapolis

SNOW

Start Now On Wellness, our healthy living contest, got us through the winter months by encouraging lots of fulfilling activities. We run the program every winter.

#claritygear had an epic summer

… and a record-breaking fall

Sometimes, we can be totally stuck on ourselves 🙂

User Experience Engineer and Multi-Media Designer, Tatyana Goldman, designed a Clarity-branded sticker sheet, and we’re having so much fun with it.

We’re looking forward to 2020!

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