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Kafka Summit SF 2019

September 30 - October 1, 2019 | San Francisco

Rob Hammonds

Developer, Kroger

I am a roller derby playing, motorcycle riding, powerlifting software engineer. You would be hard pressed to find another person with such an overloaded resume of epicness. I live in Trenton, Ohio with my wife and our 7 year old spawn. Over the last 3.5 years I have been a Software Developer at Kroger. I started working on their Clicklist application, was moved over to their Digital Core Engineering team, and am now in Supply Chain; where I have worked on our event streaming platform. I am the designated office birthday singer, megaphone, and general annoyance; but I don’t think they would have as much fun without me!


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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