Kansas City Data Engineering at Scale
Overland Park, KS
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Kansas City Data Engineering at Scale meetup meets to discuss and learn all the popular frameworks, paradigms and tools (like Hadoop, NOSQL etc) and the associated best practices.


Apache Drill: Highly Flexible, High Performance Queries on Big Data

Jim Bates View Bio


In today's world, you need to be able to keep up with complex, rapidly evolving data, without having to wait for traditional RDBMS data management processes before you can start exploring new data and developing new insights. You also need to be able to use familiar tools to develop those insights, including the SQL query language and the tremendous toolsets built on top of it.

Apache Drill enables analysts and data scientists to perform fast SQL queries on Big Data, drawing both on traditional DBA-managed tables, as well as data in files and NoSQL databases whose structures may be complex and rapidly evolving.

In this presentation we'll describe how Drill meets this challenge, we'll demonstrate Drill in action on a live Hadoop cluster, and we'll show how you can easily get started using Drill even on a single machine without Hadoop.


Jim Bates

Jim brings over 12 years of experience in systems and support engineering to his role as a Senior Systems Engineer at MapR. Jim was previously a Senior Systems Engineer for WANdisco. Prior to that, Jim was a Senior Systems Engineer for Spirent Communications, a multinational telecommunications test company. Jim also held various roles in systems engineering at Mu Dynamics. Earlier in his career, Jim held engineering positions at Tellabs and Advanced Fibre Communications. He began his career as an Officer in the US Army, where he designed and implemented mobile routing networks and jumped out of airplanes with Cisco routers to get the internet working over single channel tactical satellite networks. In addition to his technical roles, Jim has worked as a house framer, a fireman, a janitor, an infantryman, and a paratrooper. His very first job was that of a farmer and rancher, working alongside his father, a time during which he learned his most important life lessons. When not working for MapR, Jim enjoys carpentry work, welding, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Jim holds a BS/EE in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.