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Make Data Work
September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

Executive Briefing: What you need to know about fast data

Dean Wampler (Lightbend)
2:00pm–2:40pm Thursday, 09/13/2018

What you'll learn

  • Understand the business motivations for fast data applications, the organizational challenges required when moving to streaming architectures, and how your organization can meet those challenges, drawing on what it already knows about microservices


Big data started with an emphasis on batch-oriented architectures, where data is captured in large, scalable stores, then processed using batch jobs. To reduce the gap between data arrival and information extraction, these architectures are now evolving to be stream oriented, where data is processed as it arrives. Fast data is the new buzzword. It’s also a new opportunity for innovation in how your organization leverages data.

However, fast data architectures introduce new challenges for your organization. Whereas a batch job might run for hours, a stream processing application might run for weeks or months. This raises the bar for making these systems resilient against traffic spikes, hardware and network failures, and so forth. The microservice world has faced these challenge for a while. Therefore, your data teams will need to evolve to resemble the teams you already have for your microservice-based systems. In fact, you’ll probably merge these teams over time, as your microservices do more data processing and your data systems leverage your microservices.

Join Dean Wampler to learn everything you need to exploit fast data successfully and explore some real-world success stories.

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Dean Wampler


Dean Wampler is the vice president of fast data engineering at Lightbend, where he leads the Lightbend Fast Data Platform project, a distribution of scalable, distributed stream processing tools including Spark, Flink, Kafka, and Akka, with machine learning and management tools. Dean’s the author of Programming Scala and Functional Programming for Java Developers and the coauthor of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He’s a contributor to several open source projects. A frequent Strata speaker, he’s also the co-organizer of several conferences around the world and several user groups in Chicago.