Riparian Data is committed to creating smart, dynamic, data-driven business solutions. We talk tech, explore enterprise software, and write about the effervescent startup space. Riparian Data is incubated within SoftArtisans, Inc, a leading developer of Microsoft Office reporting and file transfer software. Some of our team is fairly new to big data, but our fruitful 16 year relationship with Microsoft gives us unique advantages in integrating its enterprise technologies with NoSQL storage and analytics.  Feel you could bring something to our table? Send us an email at


David Wihl, CEO

Fifteen years ago, David founded a software company in his basement. Today, SoftArtisans has over 20,000 customers in 70 companies, and its premiere product, OfficeWriter, was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. David was Director of R&D at Logibec (LGI.T), and worked at Société Générale in Paris and Digital Equipment Corp in Massachusetts prior to starting SoftArtisans. You can chat with him about goings on at Riparian Data/the Hadoop stack in general/Microsoft software/Citation Mustangs/poutine on Twitter.


Dan Medeiros, VP of Operations

Dan manages all things legal, financial and HR for Riparian Data, and serves as a key member in all short- and long-term business strategies. He received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and is a former practicing bankruptcy, consumer protection and corporate reorganization attorney. He is also a fervent member of the Militant Grammarians of Massachusetts and an advocate for SICDS awareness. You can follow him on Twitter, though he doesn’t use it often. 



Paula Marciante, Director of Human Relations

Paula comes to Riparian Data with over a decade of corporate and startup recruiting experience, and her talent scouting skills put Mila Kunis’s to shame. Despite a less than stellar Beirut game, she’s persuaded many an ultra-choosy developer to sign dotted lines at AisleBuyer, Cengage, and State Street. Paula holds a BS in Business from Purdue and an MBA from Temple University in Human Resourcs Management. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Tamar Rucham, Software Engineer

Don't let her BA in fine arts fool you, Tamar is actually one of our software engineers and works on anything that needs to get done, which currently means iOS development. In the past few years she worked on projects varying from cracking the Excel binary format to BlackBerry development (rip, Pylon). She is currently pursuing a Master's in IT from the Harvard Extension school, and in her non-existant free time enjoys traveling to weird places around the world.


Scott Dugas, Software Engineer

Scott is one of our software engineers, spending his work hours writing code that does stuff and fixing code that doesn't do stuff properly. He went to RPI for Computer Science and Mathematics, and loves rock climbing and a well-crafted sea shanty. Find him on Github and Twitter.



Christiana Viscusi, Web/Graphic Designer

Christiana is our resident web and graphic design artist, managing all of our branding in both the digital and print spheres. With her web and graphic design prowess, Christiana has overseen our visual presence for over 8 years and counting. Holding a B.S. in Graphic Design from Chamberlayne School of Design, Christiana has worked on creating various sites, logos and graphics for a number of projects. For her thoughts on Design, Adobe Suite, or Camera +, reach out to her on LinkedIn.


Elise Kovi, Social Media Specialist

With a B.A from UCLA and a master's degree from Boston University, this San Diegan turned Bostonian handles the online content for Riparian Data. Previously, she's worked in admissions, children's camp programming, and digital publishing. She has yet to meet a GIF or Oxford comma she doesn't like, and you can find her tweeting and running all over Boston. Can be bribed with coffee.



Nick Couraud, IT Manager

With a degree from Boston University, Nick brings his background in IT to keep the wheels of Riparian Data turning. Overseeing everything from databases to mobile devices, this self-proclaimed tinkerer cooks a mean dish. You can find him talking tech on his blog or schooling you in crew out on the water.


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