Month: December 2016

November 2016 in Review: Flink Forward 2017, Amazon EMR + Google Dataproc, and kicking off the Flink training series in Germany

We’re in the home stretch of 2016, and November was another action-packed month for the Apache Flink® community and the data Artisans team.

Here’s a recap of November’s most exciting highlights.

Announcing Flink Forward 2017

Flink Forward is coming to San Francisco! For the first time ever, the annual Apache Flink user conference will expand beyond Berlin with a 2-day event at the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown on 10-11 April, 2017. The call for papers is open, so submit your talk or register today.

And the Berlin event will return to Kulturbrauerei on 11-13 September, 2017. Registration is available now, and stay tuned for the call for papers.

Flink in Amazon EMR and Google Cloud Dataproc

Flink is now natively supported in Amazon EMR 5.1.0, and Google included support for Flink 1.1.3 in its November 29 Cloud Dataproc release. We’re excited to see Flink become available in an increasing number of commercial distributions.

Flink Training in Frankfurt (Munich and Hamburg coming up soon)

Last month, the data Artisans team hosted the first of three Flink training sessions–this time in Frankfurt–in coordination with codecentric. The Munich workshop happens tomorrow, Tuesday 13 December, and timing for our Hamburg event is still TBD. Interested in setting up a Flink training for your organization? Learn more and get in touch.

Apache Flink User Survey: Results Coming Soon

In late November and early December, data Artisans ran the first-ever Apache Flink user survey. There have been over 100 responses so far, and we’ll be publishing a summary of results to share with the community before the end of 2016. We’re excited to share feedback from Flink users around the world.

Community and Conference Circuit

CEO Kostas Tzoumas hosted a session at Big Data London, CTO Stephan Ewen gave a keynote at Apache Big Data Europe, Director of Applications Engineering Jamie Grier gave a workshop at QCon San Francisco, software engineer Aljoscha Krettek hosted a session at Big Data Spain, software engineers Robert Metzger and Maximilian Michels presented at a Flink meetup in the San Francisco Bay Area, and data Artisans hosted a Flink meetup at our Berlin office (setting an attendance record for the Berlin group). It was quite a month! We very much enjoyed meeting members of the Flink user community in person.

On the data Artisans Blog

Check out Savepoints, Part 2 to see an example of how to update a streaming application using Flink’s savepoints (of course, we recommend starting with Part 1).

And for a debunking of commonly-held myths in the stream processing space, we recommend this post from data Artisans’ CEO Kostas Tzoumas.


Hello, San Francisco! And nice to see you again, Berlin.

By @danibentrup

We’re excited to announce that Apache Flink® enthusiasts have two events to look forward to in 2017, both fully-packed with the latest and greatest on Flink.

Flink Forward, the premier Flink conference, is coming to Berlin for a third time on September 11-13, 2017. But before our annual event in Germany, we invite the data stream processing community to the first-ever Flink Forward San Francisco on April 10-11, 2017.

In this first edition of Flink Forward San Francisco, we’ll connect with the already-thriving Flink community in the Bay Area and beyond. Our mission is to foster innovation and discussion with developers around the world in order to push Apache Flink to the next level.

The call for submissions is already open and you are invited to share your knowledge, use cases, and best practices with the Apache Flink community and to shape the program of the first edition of Flink Forward San Francisco! Submit your talk here.

Flink Forward San Francisco will take place at Hotel Kabuki, in the heart of Japantown in the city center. Participants are invited to join one day of hands-on Flink training sessions on April 10 followed by one day of speaker sessions on April 11. The speaker sessions will be made up of technical talks covering Flink in the enterprise, Flink system internals, ecosystem integrations with Flink, and the future of the platform.

Last but not least, tickets are on sale here:

From September 11-13, we welcome the stream data processing community to the third edition of Flink Forward Berlin at Kulturbrauerei in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin.

Participants are invited to join one day of hands-on Flink training sessions on September 11 followed by two days of speaker sessions on September 12-13. Tickets are on sale now, and you can purchase your Early Bird Ticket here.

In 2017, we seek to provide a platform for developers, architects, engineering managers, and C-level executives to gain in-depth insights on Apache Flink. We hope that you’ll join us.