Apache Kafka Streams + Machine Learning (Spark, TensorFlow, H2O.ai)

Posted in Analytics, Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, Big Data, Confluent, Hadoop, Integration, Kafka Connect, Kafka Streams, Machine Learning, Messaging, Microservices, Open Source, Stream Processing on May 23rd, 2017 by Kai Wähner

I started at Confluent in May 2017 to work as Technology Evangelist focusing on topics around the open source framework Apache Kafka. I think Machine Learning is one of the hottest buzzwords these days as it can add huge business value in any industry. Therefore, you will see various other posts from me around Apache Kafka (messaging), Kafka Connect (integration), Kafka Streams (stream processing), Confluent’s additional open source add-ons on top of Kafka (Schema Registry, Replicator, Auto Balancer, etc.). I will explain how to leverage all this for machine learning and other big data technologies in real world production scenarios.

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Why I Move (Back) to Open Source for Messaging, Integration and Stream Processing

Posted in Analytics, API Management, Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, ESB, Hadoop, Internet of Things, Java / JEE, Machine Learning, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on May 1st, 2017 by Kai Wähner

After three great years at TIBCO Software, I move back to open source and join Confluent, a company focusing on the open source project Apache Kafka to build mission-critical, scalable infrastructures for messaging, integration and streaming analytics. Confluent is a Silicon Valley startup, still in the beginning of its journey, with a 700% growing business in 2016, and is exjustpected to grow significantly in 2017 again.

In this blog post, I want to share why I see the future for middleware and big data analytics in open source technologies, why I really like Confluent, what I will focus on in the next months, and why I am so excited about this next step in my career.

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Visual Analytics + Open Source Deep Learning Frameworks

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, Hadoop, Machine Learning on April 24th, 2017 by Kai Wähner

Deep Learning gets more and more traction. It basically focuses on one section of Machine Learning: Artificial Neural Networks. This article explains why Deep Learning is a game changer in analytics, when to use it, and how Visual Analytics allows business analysts to leverage the analytic models built by a (citizen) data scientist.

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Agile Cloud-to-Cloud Integration with iPaaS, API Management and Blockchain

Posted in API Management, Blockchain, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, EAI, ESB, Microservices, Middleware on April 23rd, 2017 by Kai Wähner

Cloud-to-Cloud integration is part of a hybrid integration architecture. It enables to implement quick and agile integration scenarios without the burden of setting up complex VM- or container-based infrastructures. One key use case for cloud-to-cloud integration is innovation using a fail-fast methodology where you realize new ideas quickly. You typically think in days or weeks, not in months. If an idea fails, you throw it away and start another new idea. If the idea works well, you scale it out and bring it into production to a on premise, cloud or hybrid infrastructure. Finally, you make expose the idea and make it easily available to any interested service consumer in your enterprise, partners or public end users.

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Cloud Native Middleware Microservices – 10 Lessons Learned (O’Reilly Software Architecture 2017, New York)

Posted in API Management, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, EAI, ESB, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on April 5th, 2017 by Kai Wähner

I want to share my slide deck and video recordings from the talk “10 Lessons Learned from Building Cloud Native Middleware Microservices” at O’Reilly Software Architecture April 2017 in New York, USA in April 2017.

Abstract
Microservices are the next step after SOA: Services implement a limited set of functions; services are developed, deployed, and scaled independently; continuous delivery automates deployments. This way you get shorter time to results and increased flexibility. Containers improve things even more, offering a very lightweight and flexible deployment option.

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Case Study: From a Monolith to Cloud, Containers, Microservices

Posted in API Management, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on February 24th, 2017 by Kai Wähner

The following shows a case study about successfully moving from a very complex monolith system to a cloud-native architecture. The architecture leverages containers and Microservices. This solve issues such as high efforts for extending the system, and a very slow deployment process. The old system included a few huge Java applications and a complex integration middleware deployment.

The new architecture allows flexible development, deployment and operations of business and integration services. Besides, it is vendor-agnostic so that you can leverage on-premise hardware, different public cloud infrastructures, and cloud-native PaaS platforms.

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Streaming Analytics Comparison of Open Source Frameworks, Products, Cloud Services

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Hadoop on November 15th, 2016 by Kai Wähner

In November 2016, I am at Big Data Spain in Madrid for the first time. A great conference with many awesome speakers and sessions about very hot topics such as Apache Hadoop, Spark Spark, Streaming Processing / Streaming Analytics and Machine Learning. If you are interested in big data, then this conference is for you! My two talks:

  • How to Apply Machine Learning to Real Time Processing” (see slides and video recording from a similar conference talk).
  • Comparison of Streaming Analytics Options” (the reason for this blog post; an updated version of my talk from JavaOne 2015)
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Comparison of Open Source IoT Integration Frameworks

Posted in API Management, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Microservices, SOA on November 3rd, 2016 by Kai Wähner

In November 2016, I attended Devoxx conference in Casablanca. Around 1500 developers participated. A great event with many awesome speakers and sessions. Hot topics this year besides Java: Open Source Frameworks, Microservices (of course!), Internet of Things (including IoT Integration), Blockchain, Serverless Architectures.

I had three talks:

  • How to Apply Machine Learning to Real Time Processing
  • Comparison of Open Source IoT Integration Frameworks
  • Tools in Action – Live Demo of Open Source Project Flogo

In addition, I was interviewed by the Voxxed team about Big Data, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. The video will be posted on Voxxed website in the next weeks.

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Open Source Project Flogo – Overview, Architecture and Live Demo

Posted in API Management, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, ESB, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on November 3rd, 2016 by Kai Wähner

In October 2016, the open source IoT integration framework Flogo was published as first developer preview. This blog post is intended to give a first overview about Flogo. You can either browse through the slide deck or watch the videos.

Flogo

What is Project Flogo?

In short, Flogo is an ultra-lightweight integration framework powered by Go programming language. It is open source under the permissive BSD license and easily extendable for your own use cases. Flogo is used to develop IoT edge apps or cloud-native / serverless microservices. Therefore, it is complementary to other integration solutions and IoT cloud platforms.

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Machine Learning Applied to Microservices

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Docker, Hadoop, Microservices, Middleware on October 20th, 2016 by Kai Wähner

I had two sessions at O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference in London in October 2016. It is the first #OReillySACon in London. A very good organized conference with plenty of great speakers and sessions. I can really recommend this conference and its siblings in other cities such as San Francisco or New York if you want to learn about good software architectures and new concepts, best practices and technologies. Some of the hot topics this year besides microservices are DevOps, serverless architectures and big data analytics respectively machine learning.

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