Lena Hall

Director, Microsoft

Lena Hall is a Director of Engineering at Microsoft working on Azure, where she focuses on large-scale distributed systems, modern architectures. She is leading an advocacy team and technical strategy for product improvement efforts across Big Data services at Microsoft. Lena is the driver behind engineering initiatives and strategies to advance, facilitate and push forward further acceleration of cloud services. Lena has 10 years of experience in solution architecture and software engineering with a focus on distributed cloud programming, real-time system design, highly scalable and performant systems, big data analysis, data science, functional programming, and machine learning. Previously, she was a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft Research. She co-organizes a conference called ML4ALL, and is often an invited member of program committees for conferences like Kafka Summit, Lambda World, and others. Lena holds a master’s degree in computer science.

Past sessions

Data Mesh is an innovative concept addressing many data challenges from an architectural, cultural, and organizational perspective. But is the world ready to implement Data Mesh?

In this session, we will review the importance of core Data Mesh principles, what they can offer, and when it is a good idea to try a Data Mesh architecture. We will discuss common challenges with implementation of Data Mesh systems and focus on the role of open-source projects for it. Projects like Apache Spark can play a key part in standardized infrastructure platform implementation of Data Mesh. We will examine the landscape of useful data engineering open-source projects to utilize in several areas of a Data Mesh system in practice, along with an architectural example. We will touch on what work (culture, tools, mindset) needs to be done to ensure Data Mesh is more accessible for engineers in the industry.

The audience will leave with a good understanding of the benefits of Data Mesh architecture, common challenges, and the role of Apache Spark and other open-source projects for its implementation in real systems.

This session is targeted for architects, decision-makers, data-engineers, and system designers.

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Lena Hall, Director, Microsoft