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Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira, 

System Architect,


















  Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting Announcement

Oracle DBAs, please invite your BAs to this explosive event!

Introduction to Kafka for Oracle DBAs and Business Analysts 


Speaker: Gwen Shapira, System Architect, Confluent 

Date: Wed Nov 4 Time: 5.30 to 7.30 pm 

Location: BC Liquor Distribution Branch, 3200 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC 


Light Dinner Included

As DBAs and data architects there are some things we care a lot about: e.g. providing consistent performance on our OLTP databases, and making sure the ETL processes will land data correctly and on-time into the data warehouse.

Business analysts care a lot about other things -- like getting the newest data to their dashboards and being able to run crazy queries quickly without anyone killing the queries for silly reasons like "performance". They also want to get all the data they require without having to integrate with a gazillion data stores.

Apache Kafka, a distributed queue developed at LinkedIn to solve the problem of integrating databases at large scale, offers a surprising solution to all these problems. Which probably explains why it is gaining popularity at an explosive rate.

In this session we will explain what Apache Kafka is and why it is rapidly becoming the secret weapon in the fight to keep databases (and DBAs?) sane.

About The Speaker

Gwen is a system architect at Confluent helping customers achieve success with their Apache Kafka implementation. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. She currently specializes in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka. Gwen is an Oracle Ace Director, an author of “Hadoop Application Architectures”, and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Gwen is also a committer on the Apache Kafka and Apache Sqoop projects. When Gwen isn’t coding or building data pipelines, you can find her pedaling* on her bike exploring the roads and trails of California, and beyond.

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