Joe Widen

Solutions Architect, Databricks

Joe Widen is a Solutions Architect at Databricks. Joe leads the Performance and Delta SME horizontal initiatives along with making customers successful with the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform.  Joe has been working with Spark and more generally Hadoop for 5 years, with previous stops at Hortonworks and Capital One.

Past sessions

Most data practitioners grapple with data quality issues and data pipeline complexities—it's the bane of their existence. Data engineers, in particular, strive to design and deploy robust data pipelines that serve reliable data in a performant manner so that their organizations can make the most of their valuable corporate data assets.

Databricks Delta, part of Databricks Runtime, is a next-generation unified analytics engine built on top of Apache Spark. Built on open standards, Delta employs co-designed compute and storage and is compatible with Spark API’s. It powers high data reliability and query performance to support big data use cases, from batch and streaming ingests, fast interactive queries to machine learning. In this tutorial we will discuss the requirements of modern data pipelines, the challenges data engineers face when it comes to data reliability and performance and how Delta can help. Through presentation, code examples and notebooks, we will explain pipeline challenges and the use of Delta to address them. You will walk away with an understanding of how you can apply this innovation to your data architecture and the benefits you can gain.

This tutorial will be both instructor-led and hands-on interactive session. Instructions in how to get tutorial materials will be covered in class.

– Understand the key data reliability and performance data pipelines challenges
– How Databricks Delta helps build robust pipelines at scale
– Understand how Delta fits within an Apache Spark™ environment
– How to use Delta to realize data reliability improvements
– How to deliver performance gains using Delta

– A fully-charged laptop (8-16GB memory) with Chrome or Firefox
– Pre-register for Databricks Community Edition