Smartsheet's Lessons and Best Practices

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Francis from Smartsheets has stepped up and has agreed to present at our meetup.

Here are the details for the meetup.




Smartsheet's Lessons and Best Practices from Building their Insights and Integration Platform with Apache® Spark™


Apache Spark is red hot, but it can be a challenge to build and operationalize into a robust 24-7 data platform that business users and data scientists across your company can use to unearth insights.

Smartsheet is the world’s leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work. With over 90,000 companies and millions of users, it helps teams get work done, ranging from managing simple task lists to orchestrating the largest sporting events and construction projects.

In this presentation, you will learn how Smartsheet uses Spark and AWS technologies to build their own platform that enables self-service insights, reporting, and business system integrations with scale and speed to better understand their customers’ diverse use cases and support fast growth via intelligent business systems integrations . Smartsheet will share valuable patterns and lessons learned in both technical and adoption areas to show how they achieved this, including:How to build a robust metadata-driven data pipeline that processes application and business systems data to provide a 360 view of customers and to drive smarter business systems integrations.How to provide an intuitive and valuable “pyramid” of datasets usable by both technical and business users.Their roll-out approach and materials used for company-wide adoption allowing users to go from zero to insights with Spark in minutes.

Speaker Profile

Francis Lau

Senior Director,

Product Intelligence at Smartsheet

A driven collaborative technology leader who thrives in building out teams, culture, technology and capabilities to ship innovative software products and to solve complex business problems.

Currently, Francis is leading the charge at Smartsheet for its data initiatives for both product features and company wide operations. He has over 20 years of leadership specializing in building great products, multi-disciplinary teams and cultures that thrive in fast-paced start-up and SaaS environments such as Onyx Software, Market Leader, Trulia and Smartsheet. Always an engineer at heart, Francis still likes to roll up his sleeves and code any chance he gets.

Pizza and drinks are provided courtesy of eBay.