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Day 1 | April 4, 2023

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome keynote and kickoff

George Fraser, CEO & Co-Founder, Fivetran

Taylor Brown, COO & Co-Founder, Fivetran

It’s time to kick off the Modern Data Stack Conference! Join Fivetran co-founders George Fraser and Taylor Brown as they open our 1.5 days together. They’ll discuss the state of the modern data stack and how they see it growing and changing, as well as the forces driving our industry forward.


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout 1

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11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Future-state planning with your modern data stack

Nana Yaw Essuman, Senior Director, Data Engineering, Conde Nast

Mark Kidwell, Chief Data Architect, Autodesk

For teams with robust, fully built-out modern data stacks, what’s next? In this session, we’ll hear from leaders who have built and scaled their stacks and are now tackling next-gen tasks. From ML operations to instant movement of massive amounts of data around the world, we’ll learn how folks with mature data stacks are pushing the boundaries of what their companies and teams can do with data.


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

From legacy to latest & greatest

Bill Murphy, Managing Partner, Cresting Wave

Moving from an older, legacy stack to a modern one isn’t something that happens overnight - and bringing your internal stakeholders as well as your team along is often one of the trickiest parts of this transition. At this session, we’ll talk with folks who are making the transition from legacy systems to the latest and greatest modern data stacks. They’ll offer advice for how they got started, what their biggest hurdles were and what they wish they had known at the start. And, we’ll dig into not just the technical challenges with transitioning but the cultural and mindshift changes needed to bring everyone along.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Knitting your own data fabric: Real possibility or impossible fantasy?

Meera Viswanathan, Senior Product Manager, Fivetran

One of the hottest topics in the data space is “data fabric,” but what is it — and what makes it different from “data mesh” or any other buzz term? Is it actually achievable? What does it mean for data governance? In this session, you’ll get an honest take on this term, including what it promises to deliver and whether the promises can be kept.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Keeping up with the modern data stack

Nikolay Voronchikhin, Cloud Solutions & Applications Analyst, Cisco

Utsav Kaushish, VP of Analytics, User Interviews

Tameem Iftikhar, Chief Technology Officer, Flywheel Software

Leah Weiss, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Preql

It feels like every month there’s a new tool, system or program that is going to transform the way we use data. Keeping up with all these trends and changes feels overwhelming — and how can one separate the real innovations from the overpromising, far-too-niche players? At this session, we’ll have a healthy debate about all the changes to the MDS of late, the latest MDS tools and trends, and the best ways to keep up with the changes.


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Breakout 3

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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Scaling your data team’s impact without scaling costs

Maura Church, Director of Data Science & Engineering, Patreon

Saumya Bhatnagar, CPO & Co-Founder,

Pardhu Gunnam, CEO & Co-Founder, Metaphor Data

Veronica Zhai, Director, Analytics Technical Product Management, Fivetran

Once you’ve proven the power of data and your data team at your company, the next question is, “How can I get more?” But that request doesn’t always lead to more resources — especially at early-stage companies. In this session, you’ll hear from data professionals who have learned to do more with less; specifically, we’ll focus on how teams can move from request backlogs to proactive data teams. You’ll learn what they wish they had done differently as they scaled, and which tools, programs and resources they relied on.


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Be a data model: your guide to dbt™ best practices

Emily Hawkins, Data Engineering Manager, Data Platform, Drizly

Alex Hauer, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Transformations, Fivetran

Joe Markiewicz, Solutions Analytics Manager, Fivetran

dbt continues to gain traction and popularity, and for good reason. At this session, we’ll bring together dbt power users to hear how and why they got into dbt, as well as some of their best practices for getting started and ramping up. Whether you are a dbt pro or just dipping your toes in, this session will ensure that you’re set up for success and using best practices moving forward.


3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Building the new standard for data movement

Fraser Harris, VP of Product, Fivetran

Following a day packed with all things data fabric, transformations and next-gen use cases, learn about the future of Fivetran and how it fits into the broader picture. Join Fivetran VP of Product Fraser Harris as he walks us through how Fivetran as a platform will keep up with the needs of data teams and respond to the demands of the data industry. He’ll also discuss the Fivetran product philosophy and how we’re changing what it means to move data.


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The modern data stack is dead, long live the modern data stack!

Barr Moses, CEO & Co-Founder, Monte Carlo

George Fraser, CEO & Co-Founder, Fivetran

Sarah Catanzaro, General Partner, Amplify Partners

The modern data stack (MDS) as a concept hasn’t been around that long, but folks across Twitter and LinkedIn have already started calling it a thing of the past. We’ll close out our day by debating the elephant in the room: What is the modern data stack, really? Is it just a set of tools? An approach to data? Do we need a new phrase? Should we lean into the concept even more — or retire it altogether? Join us for a spirited debate.


4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

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Join us to celebrate closing out day one with food, drinks and enticing activations - you won’t want to miss it!


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The future of the supply chain: How the Modern Data Stack is transforming logistics

Sanjeev Mohan, Principal, SanjMo & Former Gartner Research VP, Big Data and Advanced Analytics

Himali Kumar, Director Data Management, AutoZone

Saurabh Parikh, Chief Data & Innovation Officer, CONA Services LLC

The pace of innovation continues unabated — especially across the global supply chain, where logistics challenges have made data and a data-driven mindset critical to ensuring the efficient flow of goods around the world. In this session, you’ll hear from leaders across manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics about how the intersection of shrewd business leadership and a modern data stack will drive massive innovation amidst a turbulent market.


10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Hands-on labs

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10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Using no-code and custom pipelines to build fast

Alex Streed, Integrations Team Lead, Prefect

In the history of data engineering, there have always been two dichotomous approaches: write custom code (typically in Python) or use a no-or low-code tool such as Fivetran. These worlds are now merging and for good reason. Data teams have massive scope and responsibilities today, and they want to focus their limited resources on the most critical problems that require human ingenuity — and frankly are a lot more fun. Join this session to learn why companies today are outsourcing connections and dataflows to vendors like Fivetran to manage the hundreds of API endpoints while maintaining control and viability with a tool like Prefect.


10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Accelerate your time to insight with Fivetran Transformations for dbt Core

Alex Hauer, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Transformations, Fivetran

Angel Hernandez, Lead Sales Engineer, Fivetran

Jack Lowery, Solution Architect, Fivetran

Fivetran integrates with dbt Core to power our transformations in your preferred cloud destination. dbt Core, by dbt Labs, is an open-source transformation tool that enables you to perform sophisticated data transformations in your destination using simple SQL statements.
During our hands-on lab, we’ll walk you through setting up transformations and show you how to:
- Integrate dbt Core with Fivetran
- Use version control and other advanced features with your transformations
- Run your first job using Fivetran pre-built data models to model your data In order to participate in this lab, you must have a Fivetran account and complete prework (which will be sent to you when you register). Sign up for a 14-day free trial here. Please note: pre-work may take up to 2 hours to complete, so plan accordingly. Requirements and details will be shared ahead of time.


Day 2 | April 5, 2023