The State of Stream Processing

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Speaker: Neil Avery, Technologist, Office of the CTO

Stream processing is now at the forefront of many company strategies. Over the last couple of years we have seen streaming use cases explode and now proliferate the landscape of any modern business.

Use cases including digital transformation, IoT, real-time risk, payments microservices and machine learning are all built on the fundamental that they need fast data and they need it at scale.

Apache Kafka® has long been the streaming platform of choice, its origins of being dumb pipes for big data have long since been left behind and now it is the goto-streaming platform of choice.

Stream processing beckons as being the vehicle for driving those streams, and along with it brings a world of real-time semantics surrounding windowing, joining, correctness, elasticity, and accessibility. The ‘current state of stream processing’ walks through the origins of stream processing, applicable use cases and then dives into the challenges currently facing the world of stream processing as it drives the next data revolution.

Neil is a Technologist in the Office of the CTO at Confluent, the company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka. He has over 20 years of expertise of working on distributed computing, messaging and stream processing. He has built or redesigned commercial messaging platforms, distributed caching products as well as developed large scale bespoke systems for tier-1 banks. After a period at ThoughtWorks, he went on to build some of the first distributed risk engines in financial services. In 2008 he launched a startup that specialised in distributed data analytics and visualization. Prior to joining Confluent he was the CTO at a fintech consultancy.