Illumination Works enters into joint venture with DSD Laboratories

June 2017 – Illumination Works (ILW) has entered into a Mentor-Protégé agreement and formed a joint venture (JV) with DSD Laboratories. The JV, LifeCycle Solutions JV, was formed for the purpose of pursuing the upcoming Small Business Enterprise Application Systems (SBEAS) procurement. DSD Labs is soon to graduate from the small business program and brings a wealth of winning technical qualifications/certifications as well as proposal skills to the JV. They will serve as the mentor to ILW.

John Edwards, VP and Chief Engineer at DSD Labs, chose to partner with ILW because, as Edwards puts it, “DSD Laboratories teamed up with ILW because of their exceptional software development and data management experience, commitment to agile develop methodology, and forward-thinking leadership.”

Jon Mitchell, CEO of Illumination Works, says ILW chose to partner with DSD Labs due to a long standing relationship with DSD’s NetCents II team, headed by Mr. Edwards. “Trust was the biggest factor in picking a JV partner,” says Mitchell. Mitchell believes this JV simply makes sense saying that “DSD brings significant experience in IDIQ management, systems sustainment and cybersecurity, all areas that are complimentary to ILW’s core focuses of agile, data analytics, and software development.”

Ultimately, the goal is for LifeCycle Solutions JV to provide unmatched service to government agencies. Edwards believes that IT is a weapon system that needs to be exploited to stay ahead of our adversaries. “We have seen the damage of both not having the information we need as well as not protecting the information we have.” Edwards continues, “this JV has positioned itself for the next generation of IT. One that is cloud-based, agile, mobile, and secure.”

Illumination Works Names Chief Scientist

ILW would like to congratulate Dr. Joseph Regensburger on his promotion to Chief Scientist

As a natural progression to extend our proven capabilities in building big data and advanced analytics platforms, Dr. Regensburger will be leading a team of data scientists to help our clients capitalize on the vast disparate data captured in modern data platforms. In this newly created position, Dr. Regensburger is responsible for shepherding ILW’s research efforts, leading algorithm, machine learning, and analytics capability development, and championing the capabilities being incubated and developed in the ILW Innovation Lab.

Dr. Regensburger has been with Illumination Works since 2014 working research and data science efforts, specializing in data analytics, algorithm development, image exploitation, and text mining. Prior to joining ILW, Dr. Regensburger worked as a Principal Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute and as a Research Scientist at The Ohio State University and The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Regensburger received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, with a Masters in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physics from The Ohio State University.

ILW seeks to be on the front edge of today’s big data, advanced analytics, complex software systems, and mobile solutions, creating a culture that embraces new ideas and innovation.

Illumination Works’ employee achieves CCP: Data Scientist Certification

An Illumination Works employee was the 1st in Ohio and only the 18th in the world to successfully complete the Cloudera Big Data Challenge to date. This employee was part of the Illumination Works – Enterprise Data Services Practice, which is a team of regional data centric experts focusing on BI, Data Warehousing, and Big Data Solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Completed the Fall 2014 challenge and was just formally notified that they are now a Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist (CCP: DS).

This Big Data Challenge included problems dealing with online travel services, digital advertising, and social networks.  The solution to this challenge included the use of modern tools such as Hadoop, Python, Spark and Hive.

The Data Science Challenge” is a bi-quarterly project that is based on real-world data science problems and involves a very large data set. The challenge is open to candidates for a three month time period, and contains problems dealing with a variety of different data sets. Candidates compete against each other and against a benchmark set by a committee which includes some of the world’s elite data scientists. Those who pass the challenge receive their CCP: Data Scientist Credential.


Illumination Works Partners with Hortonworks.

Illumination Works is a proud partner of Hortonworks!!


Hortonworks is the only 100-percent open source software provider to develop, distribute and support an Apache Hadoop platform explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments. Developed by the original architects, builders and operators of Hadoop, Hortonworks stewards the core and delivers the critical services required by the enterprise to reliably and effectively run Hadoop at scale. Hortonworks Data Platform, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks also provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs. For more information and to try it out at no cost, download the Hortonworks Sandbox at

Cincinnati Big Data Round Table- 11/18/14




Join us for drinks and appetizers as we discuss the adaptation of the Hadoop ecosystem to an enterprise level analytics platform. Discussions will range from the imminent changes that were presented from Strata + Hadoop World 2014, who will be affected and to what extent, and finally we will weigh out the pros and cons of implementing the discussed changes.

 To receive your invite please email: 

ILW plans to host Cincinnati Business Intelligence User Group Breakfast


8.20.2014- Mason, OH– Illumination Works (ILW) will be hosting the Cincinnati Business Intelligence Tools user-group (CinBItools) monthly breakfast on September 5th at 7:30 AM.  The Meetup, focuses on big data tools applied directly to healthcare topics and data sets. Attendees expect conversations about techniques used for extracting actionable information from structured and unstructured data, as well as demonstrations revolving around big data tools.


Professionals in the healthcare industry benefit from learning about new application techniques. Techniques include analyzing large volumes of machine data to aid in diagnosing conditions, searching through unstructured text within EHRs to gain a more realistic patient overview, and more. As healthcare providers look to transform into Accountable Care organizations, leveraging data points from these multiple systems enables providers to view a holistic picture for better clinical and operational decision making. Big Data revolutionizes healthcare!


This event takes place in the Duke Conference room at 5181 Natorp Blvd. in Mason, Ohio. Register for this even at

Illumination Works hosting Networking event for Tech Job Seekers- 06.25.14

June 16, 2014- Mason, OH- Illumination Works LLC (ILW)., plans to host a networking event for those who are seeking positions in the Tech Industry.

Illumination Works is planning an event that gives those who are looking for a full-time position in Information Technology a chance to converse with ILW professionals about open positions with Illumination Works. ILW is looking for ETL Developer, Data Scientist, Java Developer, and .Net Developer candidates.

Come enjoy a few drinks and appetizers courtesy of  ILW, and possibly snag a new job! The “Catch a BYTE” networking event will take place Wednesday, June 25th from 4:30-7:00pm. The event will be held at Flipdaddy’s Burgers and Beers, 12071 Mason Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Don’t forget to bring your resume!


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ILW Announces their Gold Level Partnership with Talend, LLC.

May 12, 2014 -Centerville, OH-Illumination Works LLC., a fast growing Solution Enablement Company, has officially established its’ Gold Partnership with Talend, LLC.

Talend lets organizations unlock their data, including historical, live, and emerging data. Through native support of the modern big data platforms, Talend’s zero footprint solution takes the complexity out of integration and equips IT to be more responsive to the demands of the business, at a predictable cost.

ILW’s tried and true commitment to quality work, speaks volumes to this partnership. Over the course of the next few months Illuminations Works LLC., will be training and certifying many of its committed employee’s under Talend’s unified platform offering Big Data, BPM, Data Integration, Data Quality, ESB, and MDM.


Illumination Works Holds Third Big Data Roundtable Discussion in Cincinnati

12-May-2014- Mason, OH. Illumination Works has announced their third Big Data, Directors Roundtable discussion. This event allows Big Data experts to converse with employees of local companies about Big Data implementation, solutions and more. The roundtable discussion is not a networking opportunity for vendors, sales representatives, or recruiters.

IT leaders and implementers are looking forward to contributing to interactive and innovative discussions about Big Data and how it can contribute to any business. Conversations will be focused around Big Data in the real world, streaming incoming data and decision making, medical record dashboards, and building dashboards in the cloud.

The roundtable discussion will take place on May 29th, at 4:30p.m and is invitation only. To request an invitation please email:


ILW Plans to Attend “The Path to Agility” Conference- Columbus, Ohio

Illumination Works, LLC (ILW)  Attending Path to Agility Conference May 20th-21st, 2014

05-May-2014- Columbus, OH. Illumination Works LLC has recently expanded their offices into the Columbus region, maintaining their headquarters in Centerville, OH and their operations office in Mason, OH. The new ILW team in Columbus is looking to reach out to prospective commercial and government clients and potentially provide consulting, design, and development services to improve the clients overall business structure.

ILW will be attending The Path to Agility Conferenceon May 20th and 21st at The Ohio State Union (1739 N High St, Columbus OH). The conference is developed to further Central Ohio Agile Associations (COHAA) mission to promote the use of Agile practices and principles. COHAA has engaged a number of national and regional Agile thought leaders to provide session content focused on a mix of business, technical, and/or management topics.

ILW will be hosting an information table at the “After Path-IT Martini” from 5:30pm-10pm on May 21st. Illumination works consultants will be educating local companies on how ILW data warehousing, business intelligence, application development, integration, and IT solutions can improve their day-to-day businesses.

To register for The Path to Agility Conference, visit For more information about ILW’s solutions and services in the Columbus area, contact Sandy Simpson at: (614) 734-8378 or

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