Open Formats: The Happy Accident Disrupting the Data Industry

Analytic databases are quietly going through an unprecedented transformation. Open table formats, like Apache Iceberg, enable multiple query engines to share one central copy of a table. This will fundamentally change the data industry, by freeing data that’s being held hostage by siloed data vendors. This talk will cover the origins and basics of open table formats and show how new capabilities are shaping the future of both open source compute projects and commercial data warehouses alike. It will include key advice for building data architecture that makes data more accessible and useful while avoiding lock-in.


Ryan Blue

Co-Founder and CEO @Tabular, Co-creator of Apache Iceberg

Ryan Blue is the co-creator and PMC chair of Apache Iceberg and co-founder of Tabular. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, and is a PMC member of Apache Parquet and Avro. He loves building things.

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Tuesday Apr 9 / 01:35PM BST ( 50 minutes )


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