This article was originally posted on the Confluent blog.

If you want to enable your organization to leverage the full value of event-driven architectures, it is not enough to just integrate Apache Kafka® and wait for people to join the party.

written by Patrick Bönzli

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Introduction

In June 2020, I presented in a Confluent online talk alongside the head of technology for Swiss Mobiliar, a leading insurance company in Switzerland. The talk was about the pains related to establishing Kafka in an organization and covered data governance. Because I received so much positive feedback, I decided to summarize our findings in this blog post and discuss our experiences at SPOUD, based on our observations, feedback from our customers and interviews of Kafkateers from around the world. I love to build things that change the way people perceive technology by making it more accessible. Kafka is a powerful beast, and this is why it needs more support in an enterprise in order to be understood and used by a broader audience. …


Integrating Kafka into a large enterprise can feel like a long journey. It’s full of wonders but it’s also full of hidden dangers for the unaware traveler! Do you know where you stand in your Apache Kafka journey? Have you just finished your first PoC or are you just one step away from a fully integrated Apache Kafka self-service? It’s time for something where you can map your own journey, see where you are, and not get lost (or have different expectations than your stakeholders).

written by Lukas Zaugg

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Introduction

When we did our first integration project at a customer site years back, we were rather naive about what it means to integrate streaming data into an enterprise world. We took the idea of central nervous system events to heart and wanted to help our customers build it. We were surprised to find out the challenges we had to solve were less technical and more of an organisational nature. Similar to the challenges when adopting a DevOps culture. …


If you want to enable your organization to leverage the full value of event-driven architectures, it is not enough to just add Kafka to the existing enterprise technology mix and wait for people to join the party. Experience shows some preparation is in order.

written by Matthias Rüedlinger

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The Chicken and Egg Problem

The value of Kafka for other teams rises with the growing number of data streams offered. To get more people to use Kafka we must simplify the data consumption and production. It’s a chicken and egg problem. We do not get more people using Kafka if there is no data. The main objective is to convince data producers in enterprises to publish their data as real-time events in Kafka. …


Who is the best? To answer this question once and for all we created a tool with which we can track scores, rankings, and statistics. Why you might ask, it is simple, playing kicker, foosball or töggele is in our DNA. So is creating awesome tools with awesome components.

by Julian Stampfli

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SPOUDIES playing Töggele on the Retreat of November 2019

Who does not like breaks? I do like them. One could say that I love them. There does not one day go by in our office when we don’t go to the töggelikasten to play a game. …


Real-time anomaly detection for microservice monitoring with Apache Flink

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Good digital customer experience not only needs thoughtful user interfaces, it also requires backend systems that deliver good data on time. In the following blog post we would like to share with you our learnings on building a beautiful monitoring system based on Apache Flink.

When we started to work on the project with our client, a Swiss insurance provider, we faced the complexity of their distributed digital backend. Their system consists of several hundred microservices. A delicate network of processes, that rely on each other. …


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Daten sind ein unverzichtbares Gut, egal ob für uns als Privatpersonen oder für die Unternehmen. Das man Daten sammeln sollte ist nichts Neues. Doch was für ein Potential in Daten steckt und welche rechtlichen Aspekte diese mit sich bringen, wissen heute noch nicht viele.

Vielleicht fragt sich nun die eine oder andere Person, was geht mich als Konsument oder Produzent nun also der Datenschutz an? Sobald ein Unternehmen Produkte oder Services nicht nur inländisch sondern auch ausländischen Personen oder Unternehmen anbietet, kommt DSGVO (Datenschutz-Grundverordnung) oder GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) zum Zug. …


Die digitale Transformation durch das Modell des hybriden Teams meistern: Seit eineinhalb Jahren arbeitet die Mobiliar nun mit dem Startup SPOUD in einem gemeinsam aufgestellten Team zusammen. Während das Unternehmen von agilen Arbeitsweisen inspiriert wird und im Team vielversprechende eigene Softwarearchitekturen aufbauen kann, gelingt es dem Startup in der Zusammenarbeit seine neuartigen Systemansätze in einem realen Umfeld auszutesten und dafür direkt Feedback zur Weiterentwicklung zu bekommen. Ein Modell, das sehr gut funktioniert und zeigt, dass es sich lohnt, wenn man im Prozess der digitalen Transformation unkonventionelle Wege einschlägt.

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Wie jedes Grossunternehmen sieht sich auch die Mobiliar der Herausforderung der Digitalisierung gestellt. Auch wenn der Technologiebereich in zunehmendem Masse zu einer hybriden Arbeitsumgebung wird und praktisch jedes große Unternehmen ausgelagerte Technologien und On-Demand-Talente nutzt, muss darauf Acht gegeben werden, dass auch die interne Erfahrung ausgebaut wird, damit neue vielversprechende technologische Ansätze erfolgreich genutzt werden können. …

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