Data Bristol: Azure Databricks - Apache Spark–based analytics service

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We're very pleased to have Simon Whiteley (@MrSiWhiteley) of Advancing Analytics Ltd presenting a talk on Azure Databricks:

18.15 – 18:30 Meet & Greet

18:30 - 19:30
TALK #1 - Simon Whiteley "Azure Databricks" (Level 2)
Azure Databricks brings a PaaS offering of Apache Spark, which allows for blazing fast data processing, interactive querying and hosting of ML models all in one place! Most of the buzz is around Data Science & AI - what about the humble data engineer who wants to harness the in-memory processing power within their ETL pipelines?

This session focuses on Azure Databricks as your data ingestion, transformation and curation tool of choice.

We will:
Introduce the Databricks service & language options available
Discuss the hosting & compute options available
Demonstrate a sample data processing task
Compare against alternative approaches using SSIS, U-SQL and HDInsight
Demonstrate pipeline management & orchestration
Review the wider architectures and extension patterns

The session is aimed at Data Engineers seeking to put the Azure Databricks technology in the right context and learn how to use the service.

-- Bio -- Director of Engineering for Advancing Analytics Ltd and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. Simon is a seasoned solution architect & technical lead with well over a decade of Microsoft Analytics experience. A deep techie with a focus on emerging cloud technologies and applying "big data" thinking to traditional analytics problems, Simon also has a passion for bringing it back to the high level and making sense of the bigger picture. When not tinkering with tech, Simon is a death-dodging London cyclist, a sampler of craft beers, an avid chef and a generally nerdy person.

19:30 - 20:30
Refreshments and Pizza provided :-)

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting us:

Ovo Energy ( - Venue/Refreshments/Pizza

The venue is: Ovo Energy, 1 Rivergate Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6ED. If for any reason, you cannot make it, please un-RSVP in good time.

Level 1: Introductory and overview material
Level 2: Intermediate material (background knowledge useful)
Level 3: Advanced (assumes prior subject matter knowledge)
Level 4: Expert (deep level of technical knowledge)