Patterns for Successful Data Science Projects

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Running data science workloads is challenge regardless of whether you are running them on your laptop, on an on-premises cluster, or in the cloud. While buying 100% managed service is an option, these tools can be expensive and lack extensibility. Therefore, many companies option for open source data science tools like scikit-learn and Apache Spark’s MLlib in order to balance both functionality and cost.

However, even if a project succeeds at a point in time with any set of tools, these projects become harder and harder to maintain as data volumes increase and a desire for real-time pushes technology to its limit. New projects also struggle as new challenges of scale invalidate previous assumptions.

This talk will discuss some patterns that we see at Databricks that companies leverage to succeed with their data science projects. Key takeaways will be: – Striving for simplicity – Removing cognitive load for you and your team – Working with data, big and small – Effectively leveraging the ecosystem of tools to be successful

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About Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers is a product manager at Databricks, where he works on Structured Streaming and data science products. He is lead author of Spark: The Definitive Guide, coauthored with Matei Zaharia. Bill holds a Master's Degree in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley's School of Information. During his time at school, Bill was also creator of the Data Analysis in Python with pandas course for Udemy and co-creator of and first instructor for Python for Data Science, part of UC Berkeley's Master of Information and Data Science.