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James Nielsen

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James Nielsen has been a Principal Engineer at Target since 2015. He took a contracting stint in 1997 and turned it into a full circle career at Target, starting with Enterprise Monitoring, weaving through some System Administration and even dabbling as an Oracle DBA, all leading up to where you will find him today, on the measurement team. He takes pride in leading the team that enables operational visibility for Target's infrastructure and applications. In his "spare" time, you can find him at the hockey rink watching his kids play or catching a Twin's game.

Recent Presentations

Laying Tracks to Enterprise Grade Observability: Technology Evolution Amidst Technology Evolution

What happens when you take a large iconic retailer's technology organization, shift everyone from waterfall projects to the product model, embrace open source, micro-services, and rally back from a contractor heavy engineering force to one over 3,000 engineers strong? Absolutely some really cool business and technology solutions!