It’s hard to believe it but it’s almost time to baste the turkey, mash the potatoes and take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for this year amongst our family and friends. Good health? A job we actually enjoy? Our supportive family? While our personal reflections are of foremost importance, as a proud leader in the Open Data Science community, we’re thankful for advancements and innovations that contribute to the betterment of the world. This Thanksgiving, we give thanks to…

  1. Data. Though Big Data gave us the meat with which to collect critical information, until recently, the technology needed to make sense of of the huge amount of data was either disparate or accessible only to the most technologically advanced companies in the world (translation: barely anyone). Today, we have the ability to extract actionable insights from the infinite amounts of data that literally drive the way people and businesses make decisions. 

  2. Our data science teams. We’re thankful there is no “i” in team. While we may have all the data in the world available to us, without adding the element of intelligent human intuition, it would be devoid of the endless value it provides. Our strong, versatile team members––including data scientists, business analysts, data engineers, devops and developers––are what gets us up in the morning and out the door to work. Being a part of this tight-knit community that offers immense support makes us grateful for the opportunity to do what we do.

  3. New, innovative ideas. We keep our fingers on the pulse of enterprise happenings. Our customers afford us the opportunity to contribute to incredible, previously impossible tech breakthroughs. We’re thankful for the ability to exchange ideas with colleagues and constantly stand on the edge of change. 

  4. The opportunity to help others change the world. From combatting rare genetic diseases and eradicating human trafficking to predicting the effects of public policy, we’re thankful for the opportunity to work with companies who are using Anaconda to bring to life amazing new solutions that truly make a difference in the world. They keep us inspired and help to fuel the seemingly endless innovation made possible by the Open Data Science community. 

  5. The Anaconda community. Last but not least, we are thankful for the robust, rapidly growing Anaconda community that keeps us connected with other data science teams around the globe. Collaboration is key. Helping others discover, analyze and learn by connecting curiosity and experience is one of our main passions. We are grateful for the wonderment of innovation we see passing through on a daily basis. 

As the great late, great Arthur C. Nielsen once said, “the price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” We agree.

Happy Thanksgiving!