Izaak Lauer

I'm not much for blogging, but my colleagues are. Here's what they've written about projects I've worked on.

How the 2020 Election Changed Tech in Politics Forever

A detailed look into how the engineering team's remote-first focus, tight integration with the rest of the campaign, and technical excellence helped contribute to the campaign's success and will shape political tech going forward.
https://danveloper.medium.com/how-the-2020-election-changed-tech-in-politics-forever-84f21e498fc1
by Dan Woods

Building Tech at Presidential Scale

Discusses the unique challenges of building and running tech for a presidential cycle, highlighting the digital duct tape that held the pieces together and the data flowing.
https://www.infoq.com/presentations/biden-presidential-campaign/
by Dan Woods

Artificial Intelligence on the Biden Campaign

A deep dive into one of our more interesting and complex internal-facing tools, Couchpotato.
https://danveloper.medium.com/artificial-intelligence-on-the-biden-campaign-e704a656d956
by Dan Woods

Building Political Technology with Matt Hodges of Biden for President

Matt talks about the philosophy the engineering team had around building and buying the software that powered the campaign, and gives an overview of what we built.
https://podcasts.apple.com/tt/podcast/building-political-technology-matt-hodges-biden-for/id1243705071?i=1000509552858
by Matt Hodges

Meet Target’s Stores Deployment Interface that Realizes Distributed Edge Computing at Retail Scale

An introduction to Unimatrix, Target's edge deployment platform.
https://tech.target.com/infrastructure/2018/06/20/enter-unimatrix.html
by Dan Woods

Counting Down to Zero: The Time it Takes to Launch an App at Target

An introduction to Target's application platform, TAP, which allows Target developers to focus on apps and not infrastructure.
https://web.archive.org/web/20190513105933/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/counting-down-zero-time-takes-launch-app-target-tom-kadlec-1
by Tom Kadlec

Kubernetes, Kubernetes As Far As The Eye Can See (Cloud Next '18)

How Target used Kubernetes as a compute platform in the datacenter, in the public cloud, and in thousands of edge locations.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ERDDB3_Qzw&feature=youtu.be
by Ethan Sommer and Jay Chandrashekaran

On Infrastructure at Scale: A Cascading Failure of Distributed Systems

The story of a spectacularly complex distributed system problem, and a great success story on debugging consequential production systems.
https://tech.target.com/2019/01/14/cascading-failure-of-distributed-systems.html
by Dan Woods

The "Izaak the Elf" saga

On Christmas of 2015, I helped build a human thermal simulation of Santa, and now Izaak the Elf seems to have become a Christmas tradition at Thermoanalytics.
https://blog.thermoanalytics.com/blog/how-izaak-elf-and-taitherm-saved-christmas https://blog.thermoanalytics.com/blog/izaak-saves-christmas-again-simulation-sabotage https://blog.thermoanalytics.com/blog/izaak-the-elf-solves-santas-thermal-comfort-with-expert-efficiency
by Matt Monte and the ThermoAnalytics team