data Artisans to Host First-Ever Flink Forward San Francisco; Unites Open Source Community to Advance Apache Flink

Early keynotes and schedule include speakers from Alibaba, Google, Mesosphere, Netflix, and Uber

data Artisans, founded by the original creators of Apache Flink®, today announced the inaugural North American edition of Flink Forward, the premier conference for Apache Flink, including early program details. Flink Forward unites developers, enterprises, vendors, users and the open source stream processing community for hands-on training, technical sessions and networking opportunities. The two-day Flink Forward will take place in San FranciscoApril 10-11, 2017. 

Apache Flink is an open source, community-driven stream processing framework for distributed, big data analytics. Apache Flink is one of the largest and fastest growing communities among big data projects.Industry analysts estimate that the big data analytics market will reach  $99 billion by 2022 ( see Stratistics Market Research Consulting, subscription required), due in large part to data processing software technologies and applications that unleash greater data analytics capabilities. Tools like Apache Flink enable enterprises within e-commerce, telecommunications, and financial sectors (among others) to process high volumes of data at unprecedented speeds and with greater agility.

Flink easily integrates with other platforms used for both data input/output (e.g. Apache Kafka or HDFS) and deployment (e.g. Apache Mesos or YARN) and is chosen by companies like Alibaba and for scalability, high performance and low latency data processing. The Apache Flink community recently issued software release 1.2.0 which resolves 650 issues identified through community collaboration and user feedback. New features include low-level stream operations, SQL improvements, asynchronous I/O, Apache Mesos integration and improved documentation. The next major software release is slated for May 2017.

Flink Forward Program 
Flink Forward is the only industry event to provide an open and collaborative forum for educational talks, technical innovation and community networking to advance Apache Flink and accelerate software development. On April 11, the program will include keynotes and nearly 30 sessions covering stream processing and real time analytics challenges, machine learning, technical feature deep-dives, application trends, enterprise use cases, and more. Speakers include:

  • Keynote: Stream Processing with Flink at Netflix, presented by Monal Daxini,  ‎Engineering Manager, Stream Processing, Netflix
  • Keynote: Real Time Analytics in the Real World – Challenges and Lessons at Uber, Chimnay Soman, Staff Software Engineer, Uber
  • Blink's Improvements to Flink SQL & TableAPI, presented by Shaoxuan Wang, Senior Manager, Alibaba
  • Apache Flink: The Latest and Greatest presented by Jamie Grier, Director of Applications Engineering, data Artisans
  • Portable stateful big data processing in Apache Beam Google, Kenneth Knowles, Software Engineer, Google
  • Deploying Flink at Scale, presented by Jörg Schad, Core Developer, Mesosphere

On April 10Flink Forward will also feature a one-day training course for data engineers, software developers, system architects, and technical managers who want a hands-on, in-depth introduction to Apache Flink. Attendees will gain an understanding of Flink features that make it easy to build accurate, fault tolerant applications on streams as well as the most common, useful patterns for processing streaming data with Flink.

"The Apache Flink community is growing worldwide, and we want to support that growth with opportunities for developers and users to meet face-to-face in different regions around the globe," said Kostas Tzoumas, Apache Flink PMC member. "Apache Flink provides an open source solution for users of stream processing frameworks that no longer can afford to make tradeoffs related to latency, throughput or result accuracy. After the success of Flink Forward in Europe, we knew it was time to expand this educational forum to North America where so many of our community members and users reside."Flink Forward is made possible by event and media sponsors including Alibaba, Lightbend and theCUBE. To view the event schedule or register, please visit For more documentation on Apache Flink version 1.2.0, please visit

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About Apache Flink 
Apache Flink is used by developers to analyze and process data streams of very high volume. By adopting Flink and a data streaming architecture, enterprises can get real-time insights from their data in milliseconds, as well as cover existing historical data processing needs within a single platform. Flink is developed and supported by an Open Source community of more than 200 contributors, of which data Artisans engineers are proud participants.

About data Artisans 
data Artisans was founded by the original creators of the Apache Flink project to enable enterprises to transition their data infrastructure to a streaming-based real-time architecture. Backed by Intel Capital, b-to-v Partners, and Tengelmann Ventures, data Artisans is based in Berlin, Germany with an office in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit"Apache", "Apache Flink", and their logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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