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Hadoop at Spotify and Sanoma Media

It's time for another NL-HUG meetup. This time we have two talks from practitioners who use Hadoop as a core part of their infrastructure. Wouter de Bie from Spotify kindly offered to provide a talk and Sander Kieft from Sanoma Media is sharing his experiences with their Hadoop platform as well.

Many thanks go out to Marktplaats / eBay for hosting the event and offering us drinks and snacks!


18.00 - 19.00: arrive and socialise

19:00 - 19:45: Data Infrastructure at Spotify

talk by Wouter de Bie, Team Lead Analytics Infrastructure, Spotify

In this talk we'll have a look at how Spotify's data infrastructure works, why we even have a data infrastructure and how it's used. We'll look at different components, like Hadoop and Kafka and explain how we got to where we are today, what went well and where we failed.

20:00 - 20:45: Building a self service analytical platform around Hadoop

talk by Sander Kieft, Architect, Sanoma Media

Sanoma is the largest media company in The Netherlands. We use Hadoop to power various aspects of our business. In this talk we'll look at the past, present and future of our data platform and how we scaled it to be used in other Sanoma countries, while maintaining a self service approach.

20:45 - end: socialise some more

Hope to see you all on September 26th!

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  • Wouter de B.

    Hi all,

    Last week I've visited 3 meetups in Europe and what I noticed is that a lot of knowledge about (big) data is spread out in Europe. In the US most of the things happen in silicon valley and a lot of companies are in the same street, so people there share a lot of ideas, knowledge and use cases. In Europe that's different so I've started a public google group where I would like people in Europe to discuss Big Data related topics.
    The group can be found at!forum/big-data-europe
    Join if you're interested!

    Take care,


    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Thomas F.

    Thanks to all, it was a great session! Several people asked me why a networking guy was in attendance, here's a short youtube video explaining why: MapReduce Tracer -

    October 1, 2013

  • Sander K.

    Couldn't agree more with Wouter. Great atmosphere and thanks to eBay/Marktplaats for hosting!

    My slides are up too:

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Wouter de B.

    Hi all!

    Thanks for having me and thanks for attending! Great crowd and great discussions afterwards!

    I've just uploaded the slides at

    Take care!

    4 · September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Wouter, thanks for sharing the presentation, and thanks for the presentation itself!

      September 27, 2013

    • Wouter de B.

      My pleasure!

      September 27, 2013

  • Gijs M.

    Thanks to the speakers and marktplaats/ebay! Is it possible the speakers put their slides online somewhere? That would be great.

    September 27, 2013

  • Marcel M.

    Good speeches, both showing some impressive insights. The guys at booth Spotify and Sanoma make some excellent high tech.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Sander and Wouter for sharing their experiences! And thanks to eBay for the pizza's and drinks!

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Patrick M.

    Excellent presentations

    September 26, 2013

  • Rob D.

    Thanks ebay for hosting & mr de Bie and Kieft for entertainment!!!

    September 26, 2013

  • Jasper K.

    Kind request to anyone with a seat for this meetup and knowing you can't attend.... Please give up your seat in time for Hadoopers on the waiting list.


    September 12, 2013

  • Lukas V.

    Goshdarnit! Really, really want to attend, but I'll be on a different continent that day. Have fun and see you next time!

    August 27, 2013

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