Engineering the Future of Software
November 13–14, 2016: Training
November 14–16, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Architects as change agents: The case of Apache HBase adoption at Visa

Partha Saha (Visa, Inc.)
4:50pm–5:40pm Tuesday, 11/15/2016
Location: California East Level: Intermediate
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What you'll learn

  • Learn about Apache HBase adoption at Visa


Visa has embarked on an ambitious multiyear redesign of the entire data platform that powers its business. As part of this plan, the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, including HBase, will now become a staple in many of its solutions.

Architects who were once engineers working on shaping Hadoop are leading this change at Visa. As part of this technology transformation, they have to not only worry about the right strategy and design to migrate live applications but also understand, appreciate, and evolve the processes and culture of engineering at Visa. Specifically, they have to seed, mentor, and inspire DevOps engineering teams from an organization that previously functioned as a traditional IT shop and bring in the appropriate practices of Agile development.

Partha Saha explores Apache HBase adoption at Visa, looking at the technical challenges, the process, and the culture evolution needed to carry out this adoption in less than a year.

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Partha Saha

Visa, Inc.

Partha Saha is a Distinguished Engineer at Visa, where he is involved in the redesign of the data platform behind data products. Previously, Partha held technical positions at Amazon Web Services, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. He holds a PhD in physics from MIT, where he built a laser interferometer to study gravitational waves.