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The journey toward a self-service data platform at Netflix

Kurt Brown (Netflix)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone who manages or interacts with (big) data infrastructure



Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the big data space

What you'll learn

  • Explore ideas and approaches to get more out of your data ecosystem by making it more accessible and useful


The Netflix data platform is a massive-scale, cloud-only suite of tools and technologies. It includes big data tech (Spark, Flink, Presto, and Druid), enabling services (federated metadata management and data event triggering), and machine learning support (end-to-end ML workflow infrastructure with notebook integration). But with power comes complexity.

Kurt Brown explains how Netflix is working toward an easier, “self-service” data platform without sacrificing any enabling capabilities, diving into the philosophy, tactics, and technologies behind this transition. Join in to explore lessons learned and key principles to weave into your respective data worlds.

Topics include:

  • How Netflix is leveraging GraphQL
  • Innovations and plans in the Jupyter and nteract notebook space
  • Netflix’s philosophy and tech for machine learning infrastructure
  • Netflix’s approach to and focus on education and user understanding
  • Developing a comprehensible data catalog
  • Creating “virtual teams” with technical partners
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Kurt Brown


Kurt Brown leads the data platform team at Netflix, which architects and manages the technical infrastructure underpinning the company’s analytics, including various big data technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Presto, machine learning infrastructure for Netflix data scientists, and traditional BI tools including Tableau.

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03/27/2019 9:23am PDT

Here is a link to the slides:

03/27/2019 8:24am PDT

where can I get the slides or video recording?