February 12, 2020 | Episode 83

Paving a Data Highway with Kafka Connect ft. Liz Bennett

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The Stitch Fix team benefits from a centralized data integration platform at scale using Apache Kafka and Kafka Connect. Liz Bennett (Software Engineer, Confluent) got to play a key role building their real-time data streaming infrastructure. Liz explains how she implemented Apache Kafka® at Stitch Fix, her previous employer, where she successfully introduced Kafka first through a Kafka hackathon and then by pitching it to the management team. 

Her first piece of advice? Give it a cool name like The Data Highway. As part of the process, she prepared a detailed document proposing a Kafka roadmap, which eventually landed her in a meeting with management on how they would successfully integrate the product (spoiler: it worked!). 

If you’re curious about the pros and cons of Kafka Connect, the self-service aspect, how it does with scaling, metrics, helping data scientists, and more, this is your episode! You’ll also get to hear what Liz thinks her biggest win with Kafka has been.

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Episode 84February 19, 2020 | 47 min

Knative 101: Kubernetes and Serverless Explained with Jacques Chester

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Episode 85February 26, 2020 | 55 min

Towards Successful Apache Kafka Implementations ft. Jakub Korab

Jakub Korab discusses what professional services actually is and how it relates to customer success. It all centers around what customers want to do, and you’ll hear about trends, Kafka use cases, and real-life examples of professional services in action within various industries over the last year.

Episode 86March 4, 2020 | 48 min

Distributed Systems Engineering with Apache Kafka ft. Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira shares about what it's like to be a distributed systems engineer at Confluent and best tips for approaching a project like Apache Kafka. She talks through the steps she took to get to Confluent and how she got started working with Apache Kafka, including her experience as on the PMC for the Apache Software Foundation.

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