We regularly recognize a K2 consultant who has received outstanding client feedback on their recent project.
This month the K2 Consultant of the Month is Alejandro Coronado Narvaez, a Data Scientist. Read his interview below:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Alejandro. I’m a Data Scientist from Mexico and I’m always looking for new opportunities to learn and deploy new technologies.
I have worked as a consultant for the past seven years, mainly developing AI and forecasting models for retail and eCommerce companies. I believe that artificial intelligence (and any other type of technology) should be used for social good. That’s why I often research and implement new models that can contribute to society. Most recently, I collaborated with an organization that specializes in online therapy for women to develop an expert system to recommend psychologists for people looking for help.
I’m also developing geospatial analysis that detects vulnerable areas to implement social policies in Mexico and Latin America. This is a project for another company that uses AI and data science to drive social impact.
2. Tell us a little about your most recent K2 project?
Most recently, I worked on designing and developing safety stock for a leading retail company. This is the second time I have developed this kind of model for an industrial-sized company. It’s a very simple solution that models the stock of every product in the client’s inventory as a normal distribution. It’s then really easy to use the properties of the normal distribution to create an extra stock (safety stock) and prevent the client from running out of their products to satisfy the demand.
Although this model is quite simple, the potential and impact it may have while studying and improving inventory systems is incredible. Another cool thing is that you can combine forecasting or regression models to increase accuracy.
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Have you ever been working for months (or more) on a particular project trying to learn something new and at the beginning everything is confusing and strange? Well, that’s now the favorite part of my job. One day you wake up, turn on your laptop and you feel that you understand everything. That amazing feeling of accomplishment keeps me motivated and pushes me to keep learning and trying. Of course, everything is awesome until you find the next bug in your code!
4. Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field or the wider world of IT over the next couple of years?
There is a lot of development in artificial intelligence and deep learning but I think it’s almost impossible to be up to date with all the new models and applications. That’s why I believe that, although statistical and theoretical knowledge is important, it’s more efficient to use state-of-the-art technologies that make the development easier and faster. Sagemaker, DataRobot and Katib are good tools that are worth learning to use.
5. What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
Always be a good person. You never know what someone else is going through in their daily life. Sometimes just asking how everything is going can make a difference in their day. People will remember you and they will trust you. That improves communication but, more importantly,you can help someone that may be having a rough day.