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Josiah Brann

Director of Engineering

Josiah focuses on ensuring we can continue to scale our technology and empowers engineers to focus on the things they enjoy most (like building new stuff!). In his day to day Josiah works across organizations to ensure we are working with the right data in the right ways, enriching both our internal and external operations. Josiah has worked in the Education Technology going on 10 years, and has a passion for how we can empower students, educators, and communities with exciting technology.

Day 1

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Centralized integrations for centralized data [Sponsored by Hightouch]

Josiah Brann, Director of Engineering, Discovery Education

Erik Edelmann, Staff Data Engineer, Hightouch

Today’s businesses depend on dozens or even hundreds of SaaS products to operate every day. This has resulted in a proliferation of data integration tools and platforms (yet more SaaS) to help teams maintain consistency in their data across their business. Countless direct integrations, point-to-point iPaaS products, and other solutions have been developed to help different systems talk to each other.

At the same time, in the data and analytics space, teams have converged on modern cloud data warehouses, using them as the central hub and beating heart of their operations.

In this talk, Josiah will tell the story of how Discovery Education has been able to properly leverage the data warehouse to serve as a central hub for their data and the actions they take based on their data. They will outline a more “warehouse-centric” approach to data pipelines and integrations, exploring the advantages found through this approach, and featuring real-world examples.


Day 2