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O’Reilly + Cloudera
Make Data Work
March 25-28, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Netflix - The journey towards a self-service data platform

Kurt Brown (Netflix)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Secondary topics:  Data Platforms, Media, Marketing, Advertising

Who is this presentation for?

Anyone who manages or interacts with (big) data infrastructure



Prerequisite knowledge

General understanding of the (Big) Data space

What you'll learn

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 techs (e.g. Spark, Flink, Presto, and Druid), enabling services (e.g. federated metadata management and data event triggering), and machine learning support (e.g. end-to-end ML workflow infrastructure with notebook integration). But with power comes complexity. I’ll talk through how we are investing towards an easier, “self-service” data platform without sacrificing our enabling capabilities.

In this talk, we will dive into the philosophy, tactics, and technologies behind this transition. E.g.

  • How we are leveraging GraphQL
  • Innovations and plans in the Jupyter / nteract notebook space
  • Our philosophy and tech for machine learning infrastructure
  • Our approach to and focus on education and user understanding
  • Developing a comprehensible data catalog
  • Creating “virtual teams” with our technical partners

… and a whole lot more. Join us for lessons learned and key principles to weave into your respective data worlds.

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Kurt Brown


Kurt Brown leads the data platform team at Netflix. This team architects and manages the infrastructure for Netflix analytics, including various big data technologies (e.g. Spark, Flink, and Presto), machine learning infrastructure for Netflix data scientists, and some “traditional” BI tools (e.g. Tableau).

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