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Introduction to migrating to batch processes to Kafka

Sion Smith 17 July 2023
migrating to batch processes to Kafka

This article is an introduction to migrating to batch processes to Kafka. Migrating a batch system to a new data streaming platform like Kafka can be a complex and challenging endeavour. We will explore the essential steps and considerations involved in a successful migration to Kafka. From careful planning and building trust to fostering a strong team dynamic and gaining industry expertise, we’ll delve into the key factors that contribute to a smooth and seamless transition from batch to real-time.

Migrating to batch processes to Kafka: Contextualised migration planning

Batch processing is still very present in many data platform architectures, Kafka can support the modernisation of many of these traditional use cases and deliver better performance and ultimately consumer experience. When embarking on a Kafka migration journey, contextualised panic planning becomes paramount. You must first identify which batch processes are suitable for migration, and more importantly whether the systems they interact with can handle real-time data. Without a clear plan, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of the migration’s goals. This article emphasises the importance of investing adequate time and effort in planning, ensuring that all stakeholders are well-informed and aligned throughout the process.

Migrating to batch processes to Kafka: Building a Kafka centre of excellence

Trust plays a pivotal role in the success of any migration project. We’ll discuss how establishing trust with stakeholders is crucial for gaining the necessary autonomy to execute the migration effectively. By sharing insights and experiences, we’ll shed light on how trust bridges the gap between business and IT, enabling smooth collaboration and decision-making. Provide regular sprint playback sessions, and showcase business value rather than technical accomplishments. Trust is built over time, not in one milestone, by focusing on actionable output and ensuring you are adding value – the trust will continue to grow. Solve one problem at a time, prioritise one end-to-end batch to real-time migration before building a reusable framework.

Migrating to batch processes to Kafka: Lessons Learned from OSO

Successful migrations rely heavily on teamwork, emphasising the importance of selecting the right batch to real-time use-case, obtaining stakeholder buy-in and trust, creating a shared plan, and fostering an environment that supports open communication and collaboration. These insights will help you nurture a high-performing team and address the challenges that arise during the migration process. Ensure your engineering team understands the importance of what they are delivering and empower them to get on with the job.

OSO – Kafka migration experts

Migrating batch processes to Kafka offers a unique opportunity to vastly improve the efficiency of your organisation through the power of a data streaming platform. Building this capability inside your organisation, with the right foundational components will transform your teams into high performing, data driven and laser focused on using analytics as primary product metric. Kafka’s capabilities, such as real-time data processing, scalability, and fault-tolerance is the perfect go-to architecture for this migration.

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