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Hello! My name is Noel McKinney and I am a database technology consultant. Lately I have been splitting my time between Chicago and my home in rural West Central Indiana. I grew up around farming; my family has been farming in Indiana since the 1830s. My current interest is finding ways to apply my years of data technology experience to the agricultural realm.

I am co-owner of a consulting firm named The Constant Group, Inc. My recent engagements through this firm have included the following:

  • Team member of a firm that provides cloud technology solutions and training.
  • Implemented cloud-based “NoSQL” database solutions for a major sports network.
  • Solved database performance and reliability issues for a data analytics firm.
  • Designed and built database reporting solutions for an investment advisor services firm.
  • Helped roll together the separate technology teams of two companies into a single team after one of the companies acquired the other.

In Spring 2011 I was invited to President Obama’s re-election headquarters to discuss their database plans and data problems they were encountering as the campaign was being launched. Even though I’m politically independent and non-partisan, I was offered a full-time database engineer position on the campaign. I accepted the offer and went to work on arguably the most technology-oriented and data-driven campaign in history.

Prior to joining the re-election campaign, I was the vice president of engineering and development at a financial data management firm. Early in my career, I taught economics at a university and worked as an analyst at a Fortune 100 computer company.

My master’s degrees are in computer science and applied economics. As a graduate assistant, my duties typically involved performing statistical analysis and data tasks for faculty research projects.

More about my background as well as contact information is available here.

Readers of my blog can find the most recent posts here.