About City Furniture
City Furniture is a privately owned retail company. It sells home furnishings, mattresses and home accents. The company was founded in 1971 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Nov 10, 2022
CITY Furniture: A Real Time and Data Virtualization Case Study CITY Furniture took the success of a real-time data system for sales and extended it across multiple departments. RTInsights’ sister site, Cloud Data Insights (CDI), met with Ryan Fattini, who runs data engineering and data science at CITY Furniture, and Ravi Shankar, SVP and CMO for Denodo, at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in August. Ryan told the story of how CITY Furniture took the success of a real-time data system for sales and extended it across multiple departments. The journey begins with a software engineer and an IBM mainframe and ends with a data democratization initiative. There are many interesting stops along the way–a streaming layer, an IBM cloud data warehouse, a miscellany of data stores, a data fabric, and data virtualization. CDI: Four years ago, you were a software development engineer, and now you are an expert data professional with considerable influence. What was that transition like? Ryan Fattini: It started back at the previous company where I worked as the full stack engineer. I built out their e-commerce platform and the application layer behind it. What introduced me to data or at least solving problems with data was that we were embedded in a marketing report. There were questions that needed to be answered. One of our major vendors wanted to know activation patterns around the sales of smartphones. Vendors wanted to know activation rates, what fueled them, and basically what was behind the trends that were coming up. Nobody really had an answer to these questions so I looked into how you would solve this kind of problem. It turns out the answer was data science. <laugh>. We built logistic regression models by taking demographic data against our activation rates in our cities– basically modeling. That was the start of my transition from being an engineer to someone who solves problems with data. After building more models, I realized that the problem with data science isn’t building the models, it’s the engineering components. Six or seven years ago I was hearing about a lot of failures in the industry; data science wasn’t working. Companies were hiring academics who could build models but had no idea how to move them into production. It’s an engineering gap. I realized that most of what we were doing was engineering, not just model building. You can’t do one without the other. Now we have the hybrid machine learning engineer kind of a hybrid, which is what happened in the software developer area where the roles of back-end and front-end developers merged. When I joined CITY Furniture as a software developer–there was no data team, no data warehouse, and no analysts, so I brought the same data-solving solutions to CITY. I found a couple of other engineers who were also interested in this kind of thing, and we started picking at problems using a data science approach with our engineering teams. We were going rogue at first but were able to show the company that this was the future and that we’d eventually need to do predictive and prescriptive analysis. When we presented our damage classification model to the CEO, he said, “This is great…but what I really need to know is predicting retail foot traffic.” So we pivoted to forecasting retail traffic by day by store.
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When was City Furniture founded?
City Furniture was founded in 1971.
Where is City Furniture's headquarters?
City Furniture's headquarters is located at 6701 North Hiatus Road, Fort Lauderdale.
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