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Thursday, April 9
 

9:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 9, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Chicago 8 & 9

9:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 9, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Chicago 10

9:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 9, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Michigan Room A & B

9:30am

10:15am

Become an Internet Enterprise, with DataStax
Learn how innovative companies are using NoSQL technologies like Apache Cassandra to reinvent their business and build smart online applications. DataStax executives will share their knowledge on harnessing the power of big data to drive strategic business decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Amy McNee

Amy McNee

VP Global Customer Operations, DataStax
Amy McNee is the VP of Global Customer Operations.


Thursday April 9, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Michigan Room A & B

10:15am

Getting Started with Apache Cassandra and DataStax
This is a crash course introduction to Cassandra. You'll step away understanding how it's possible to to utilize this distributed database to achieve high availability across multiple data centers, scale out as your needs grow, and not be woken up at 3am just because a server failed. We'll cover the basics of data modeling with CQL, and understand how that data is stored on disk. We'll wrap things up by setting up Cassandra locally, so bring your laptops.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Haddad

Jon Haddad

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Jon Haddad has 10 years experience in both development and operations working at startups in southern California. For the last 2 years he's been a committer to cqlengine, the Python object mapper for Cassandra. He's now a Technical Evangelist at Datastax, continuing to focus on advancing... Read More →
avatar for Luke Tillman

Luke Tillman

Apache Cassandra Language Evangelist, DataStax
Luke Tillman is a Language Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, with a focus on the .NET community but a passion for polyglot. He’s spent over 15 years as a software engineer, writing code for web applications both large and small. Prior to DataStax, he worked as a software... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Chicago 8 & 9

10:15am

The Synergy Between Apache Cassandra & DataStax Enterprise
Apache Cassandra is a proven always-on, linearly scalable, high performance, NoSQL database widely used for mission critical applications. DataStax Enterprise extends the value of the data stored in the Apache Cassandra database, and provides enterprise-required functionality. Some of the most commonly used DataStax Enterprise features includes integration with Solr for search, Hadoop for batch analytics, a visual administration tool, in-memory capabilities, and built-in security. This talk will focus on the use cases and relationship between Apache Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise capabilities, and other commonly integrated technologies such as Spark, Storm, Kafka, etc.  

Speakers
avatar for Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Solution Engineer, DataStax
Dan has a strong background in multiple high performance and large scale database technologies, business intelligence, and advanced analytics, which has naturally lead to his intense enthusiasm for the Cassandra NoSQL database. He is a field based system engineer for DataStax, which... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Chicago 10

11:00am

Accenture and DataStax: Working Together

DataStax Enterprise in action at Accenture. This session will share how Accenture is leveraging Cassandra for their personalization solution framework on Accenture.com and other retailers, driving a personalized customer experience to engage customers like never before.


Speakers
avatar for Ethan Bischoff

Ethan Bischoff

Senior Manager, Accenture
Ethan Bischoff is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Products Industry practice and is based out of the Minneapolis office. He has nearly 16 years of experience in Accenture’s Technology Consulting service line. Mr. Bischoff area of expertise is SaaS, Big Data and project and program... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:00am - 11:40am
Michigan Room A & B

11:15am

Driving Cassandra with the Java Driver
So you’re a JVM developer, you understand Cassandra’s architecture, and you’re on your way to knowing its data model well enough to build descriptive data models that perform well. What you need now is to know the Java Driver.

What seems like an inconsequential library that proxies your application’s queries to your Cassandra cluster is actually a sophisticated piece of code that solves a lot of problems for you that early Cassandra developers had to code by hand. Come to this session to see features you might be missing and examples of how to use the Java driver in real applications.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund

Global Director of Training, DataStax
Tim is a teacher, author, and technology leader with DataStax. He is a conference speaker internationally and in the United States, and contributes to the Denver, Colorado tech community as president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:15am - 11:45am
Chicago 8 & 9

11:15am

Kindling: Getting Started with Spark and Cassandra
An introduction to using Spark and integrating Spark with Cassandra to perform analytics and data processing. If you are using Cassandra, then you almost certainly have a large amount of data which you want upon which some form of processing needs to be done. Spark is a new distributed computing platform which makes writing big data analytics incredibly easy and it integrates with Cassandra with minimal effort.

In this presentation, I will show how to get Spark setup with Cassandra and how to interact with Cassandra through Spark. Also covered will be architectural details of Spark such as how it handles failure recovery along with the main programming concepts needed to implement simple through complex processes on Spark. Then I will walk through a demonstration of using Spark to perform ETL on a dataset and save the data into Cassandra and then use Spark to do analytics on the data in Cassandra.

Time permitting I will explain some things we are using Spark for at SimpleRelevance and cover Spark Streaming.

Speakers
avatar for Erich Ess

Erich Ess

CTO, SimpleRelevance
Erich Ess is the son of a Swiss sailor and an American librarian. He studied Computer Science and Pure Mathematics at Purdue University, where he wrote papers on scientific visualization. He then went to work for Northrop Grumman, Verizon, and GreatCall as a software engineer. At... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 10

11:40am

Hybrid Cloud & Microsoft Azure with DataStax Enterprise
Microsoft Azure will discuss the evolution of enterprises moving to the public cloud. The requirements enterprises need in order to leverage the cloud infrastructure effectively. The Azure and DataStax solution provides a robust platform for companies to quickly deploy Mobile, Web and IoT applications in the cloud as well as hybrid environments which is ideal for enterprises seeking to leverage Azure and DataStax to quickly innovate and scale elements of their applications to meet customer demands. 

We will share customer use-cases with attendees and discover how the combined solution can revolutionize the way your business can interact with your customers via multiple digital channels, enabling you to become an Internet Enterprise.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Nottoli

Robert Nottoli

Windows Azure Technology Specialist, Microsoft
I have spent more than twenty years designing, developing, deploying and evangelizing software products and services. I have a proven track record of driving innovation, applying new technology to solve business problems and designing applications for manageability, scalability and... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:40am - 12:15pm
Michigan Room A & B

11:45am

0 to App faster with Ruby and NodeJS
Ready to build something with Cassandra but don't want to use something heavy like Java or C#? Let's take a quick tour though the DataStax Ruby and NodeJS drivers. You'll see how they are easy to use and just as powerful as any other driver. Connect, insert, query like a pro and if there is a server failure? No problem. I'll show you how these drivers keep your app online despite server failures. This is a quick talk, but we'll have plenty of time to make you productive. It's that easy!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Mills

Rebecca Mills

Junior Technical Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Rebecca Mills is a Junior Evangelist at DataStax, the company behind Apache Cassandra. She is interested in the new Cassandra user experience and is involved making it more approachable for everyone. She holds a B.Sc in biochemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 11:45am - 12:15pm
Chicago 8 & 9

12:15pm

Lunch
Thursday April 9, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Chicago 8 & 9

12:15pm

Lunch
Thursday April 9, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Chicago 10

12:15pm

Lunch
Thursday April 9, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Michigan Room A & B

1:00pm

Evolution of Cassandra at Signal
At Signal we’ve been running Apache Cassandra in production since late 2011. One of the major challenges we faced was making our data available globally. To do this we use a multi-region Cassandra deployment to take care of the heavy lifting, allowing us to stay focused on building a great product. in this presentation we'll cover the use cases we were solving for, data model we settled on, tools used and lessons learned along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Kemp

Matthew Kemp

Team Lead & Engineer, Signal
Matthew Kemp is a Team Lead and engineer at Signal, where he works on much of the core back-end infrastructure. Straddling the line between Dev and Ops, he specializes in distributed systems, performance and monitoring. Prior to Signal, Matthew held roles at IMC Financial Markets... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Chicago 10

1:00pm

Apache Cassandra Data Modeling 101
Relational systems have always been built on the premise of modeling relationships. As you will see, static schema, one-to-one, many-to-many still have a place in Cassandra. From the familiar, we’ll go into the specific differences in Cassandra and tricks to make your application fast and resilient.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chicago 8 & 9

1:30pm

CQL: This is not the SQL you are looking for

While CQL does allow for developing queries and data models in a familiar syntax, it is important to understand that CQL is not SQL.  Although some of the keywords may work the same, many do not.  New Cassandra developers can quickly become frustrated when using CQL and expecting SQL behaviors.  This presentation will explore and explain the differences between the CQL and SQL.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Ploetz

Aaron Ploetz

Lead Database Engineer, AccuLynx.com
Aaron is the Lead Database Engineer for AccuLynx, where he implemented Cassandra to scale part of their cloud-based business management system. He is active in the Cassandra tags on StackOverflow, and recently became the first recipient of a tag-specific badge in CQL. Aaron holds... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Chicago 10

2:00pm

Diagnosing Problems in Production
This sessions covers diagnosing and solving common problems encountered in production, using performance profiling tools. We’ll also give a crash course to basic JVM garbage collection tuning. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what they should look for when they encounter problems with their in-production Cassandra cluster.  This talk is intended for people with a general understanding of Cassandra, but it not required to have experience running it in production.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Haddad

Jon Haddad

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Jon Haddad has 10 years experience in both development and operations working at startups in southern California. For the last 2 years he's been a committer to cqlengine, the Python object mapper for Cassandra. He's now a Technical Evangelist at Datastax, continuing to focus on advancing... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago 8 & 9

2:30pm

DataStax Enterprise & Apache Cassandra Hardware Best Practices

During this session we will discuss varying recommended hardware configurations for DSE.  We’ll get right to the point and provide quick and solid recommendations up front. After we get the main points down take a brief tour of the history of database storage and then focus on designing a storage subsystem that won't let you down.


Speakers

Thursday April 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Chicago 10

3:00pm

Break
Thursday April 9, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Chi Bar East (3rd Floor, Lobby Level)

3:20pm

Building Your First Application in Apache Cassandra
You’ve heard the talks, followed the tutorials, and done the research.  You are a font of Cassandra knowledge.  Now it’s time to change the world! (Or at least build something to make your boss happy).  In this talk we’ll walk through the process of building KillrVideo, an open source video sharing website where users can upload and share videos, rate them, comment on them, and more.  By looking at a real application, we’ll talk about architectural decisions, how the application drives the data model, some pro tips when using the DataStax drivers, and some lessons learned from mistakes made along the way.  You’ll leave this session ready to start building your next application (world-changing or otherwise) with Cassandra.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Tillman

Luke Tillman

Apache Cassandra Language Evangelist, DataStax
Luke Tillman is a Language Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, with a focus on the .NET community but a passion for polyglot. He’s spent over 15 years as a software engineer, writing code for web applications both large and small. Prior to DataStax, he worked as a software... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 3:20pm - 4:20pm
Chicago 8 & 9

3:20pm

Advanced Data Modeling
You know you need Cassandra for its uptime and scaling, but what about that data model? Let's bridge that gap and get you building your game changing app. We'll break down topics like storing objects and indexing for fast retrieval. You will see by understanding a few things about Cassandra internals, you can put your data model in the spotlight. The goal of this talk is to get you comfortable working with data in Cassandra throughout the application lifecycle. What are you waiting for?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund

Global Director of Training, DataStax
Tim is a teacher, author, and technology leader with DataStax. He is a conference speaker internationally and in the United States, and contributes to the Denver, Colorado tech community as president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 3:20pm - 4:20pm
Chicago 10

4:20pm

Top 5 Tips & Tricks with Apache Cassandra / DataStax Enterprise
TBA

Speakers
avatar for Cliff Gilmore

Cliff Gilmore

Big Data Architecture Expert, DataStax
I am an accomplished technology thought leader who brings deep technical knowledge and customer facing savvy to design and implement solutions for today's "Big Data" problems. I am adept at seeing the big picture of a problem yet having the technical know-how to get down in the weeds... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Chicago 8 & 9

4:20pm

Cassandra: Consistency & Tolerance (A Morality Guide for Databases)

Apache Cassandra is singular in its ability to provide a single logical database dispersed over multi-region datacenters. Cassandra databases can lose entire datacenters due to network outages or natural disasters and the database will remain available for application users. This talk will discuss how Cassandra is able to achieve this feat, and dive deep into the programming realities of distributed systems and consistency models. It turns out that the consistency model is the critical feature of successful distributed systems. When an application and a database can have an honest conversation about the consistency needs of each, a powerful system is born. This honesty is at the core of Cassandra's dominant position in the world of distributed databases.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy

Architect, DataStax
Matt Kennedy is an architect at DataStax. Matt has been a Cassandra user and occasional contributor since version 0.7 and is a co-organizer of the Cassandra meetup in the Washinton DC area. At the European Cassandra Summit in October of 2013, he was recognized by DataStax as a Cassandra... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Chicago 10

4:50pm

Closing Q&A + Next Steps
Speakers
avatar for Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund

Global Director of Training, DataStax
Tim is a teacher, author, and technology leader with DataStax. He is a conference speaker internationally and in the United States, and contributes to the Denver, Colorado tech community as president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly... Read More →
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2015 4:50pm - 5:20pm
Chicago 8 & 9