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Kafka Summit SF 2019

September 30 - October 1, 2019 | San Francisco

Lauren McDonald

Consultant, Systems Evolution, Inc.

Lauren McDonald is a consultant at Systems Evolution, Inc. specializing in big data technologies and on assignment at a fortune 20 retail company. She previously worked for GE in big data and cloud engineering positions, starting her career in GE’s Information Management Leadership Program. Lauren has a BS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in Systems Analysis and an MS in Computer Information Technology from Northern Kentucky University.


How Kroger Embraced a “Schema First” Philosophy in Building Real-time Data Pipelines

Early attempts at real-time business event streaming at Kroger was based on JSON formatted events. Modifications to the event formats occasionally broke downstream consumers, causing costly downtime. In the course of reimagining what an industrial strength streaming platform would look like, we decided to focus heavily on schema lifecycle and management as a ... Read More

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