About Aaron Ling

Aaron Ling is senior director of engineering at Ancestry.com. He oversees the company’s data engineering efforts to implement Big Data strategies, such as creating efficient and scalable data warehouse and Hadoop pipelines, log messaging and DNA data processing. Aaron came to Ancestry.com with over 10 years of experience in various manager and developer roles at such companies as IBM DemandTec and Ariba. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University. When he’s not busy solving complex engineering problems you'll find him spending time with his family or playing video games when alone.

Past Articles

On Track to Data-Driven

Posted on December 25, 2013 in Big Data, Distributed Computing, Technical Management

Ancestry.com becomes more and more aware of the value of the data our website generates every single day. We have a lot of customers coming to the website to discover, preserve and share their family history. They come from different parts of the world and are looking for information that helps them tell the story… Read more

How Ancestry.com Practices Agile to Solve Challenges with Consumer DNA Testing

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Agile, Big Data, Science, Technical Management

A typical web application starts with a blank page. Then in further sprints, you can add features to it. (I sound like one of your Agile coaches, don’t I?) But in reality, the business needs you to deliver more value than a blank page. So, how can you quantify the minimum value you are delivering… Read more