Panel Discussion: Founder's Roundtable

Join Wayne Eckerson and Unravel’s Kunal Agarwal for a Founders' Roundtable with Astronomer's Ry Walker, DataKitchen's Christopher Bergh, and Immuta's Matthew Carrol, and Starburst's Justin Borgman as we look at the evolution of data and the rapid adoption of DataOps.

Our participants join us to share their perspectives on their place in the fast-changing DataOps world. They will share their thoughts on why this community and these conversations are so important today and give real-life examples of how they are working to help organizations realize value from their data.

This roundtable is sure to be lively. Each of our panelists is an innovator in their respective realm; we invite you to attend and help us tap their expertise for innovative DataOps strategies.


Moderator: Wayne Eckerson, President @ Eckerson Group

Wayne Eckerson is an internationally recognized thought leader in the business intelligence and analytics field. He is a sought-after consultant and noted speaker who thinks critically, writes clearly, and presents persuasively about complex topics. Eckerson has conducted many groundbreaking research studies, chaired numerous conferences, and written two widely read books: “The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders.”(2012) and “Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business” (2005/2010).


Kunal Agarwal, Co-Founder & CEO @ Unravel

Kunal Agarwal is the CEO and co-founder of Unravel Data Systems. Prior to that, Kunal led sales and implementation at several Fortune 100 companies. He also co-founded, a pioneer in personalized shopping. Before that he helped Sun Microsystems evaluate Big Data infrastructure like Sun’s Grid Computing Engine. Kunal co-founded Unravel to solve the application management challenges that companies face when they adopt systems like Hadoop and Spark. Kunal holds a Bachelor’s in computer engineering from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.


Matthew Carrol, CEO @ Immuta



Christopher Bergh, CEO, Founder, and Head Chef @ DataKitchen

Christopher Bergh is the CEO and Head Chef at DataKitchen. Chris has more than 30 years of research, software engineering, data analytics, and executive management experience. At various points in his career, he has been a COO, CTO, VP, and Director of engineering. Chris has an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chris is a recognized expert on DataOps. He is the co-author of the ‘DataOps Cookbook” and the “DataOps Manifesto,” and a speaker on DataOps at many industry conferences and with other media outlets. Chris began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and NASA Ames Research Center. There he created software and algorithms that provided aircraft arrival optimization at several major airports in the United States. Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Math Teacher in Botswana, Africa.


Ry Walker, Founder & CTO @ Astronomer

Ry is a founder and CTO of Astronomer, which is dedicated to helping enterprises realize the value of Apache Airflow. Prior to Astronomer, he co-founded Differential — a high-growth, venture capital-backed startup studio. He served as Chief Experience Officer of RecruitMilitary and VP/Technology of The Devine Group (both acquired), and in 1995 he established one of the first web interactive agencies in the United States.


Justin Borgman, Chairman & CEO @ Starburst


What is the cost to attend and watch the virtual sessions?

DataOps Unleashed is always free and open for all to attend.

Unleashed will be held live, virtually on February 2nd, 2022.

What is DataOps Unleashed?

DataOps Unleashed is the official DataOps peer-to-peer community.

We'll be back on February 2nd, 2022 with DataOps, CloudOps, AIOps, MLOps, and other professionals, to gather virtually to share the latest trends and best practices for running, managing, and monitoring data pipelines and data-intensive analytics workloads.

Sessions will include talks by DataOps professionals at leading organizations, detailing how they’re establishing data predictability, increasing reliability, and reducing costs.

New to DataOps?

DataOps is a holistic approach to the creation, deployment, monitoring, management, and optimization of data-driven applications. It describes the culture and rules of engagement that allow data teams to deliver and maintain high-quality, on-time data products, often powered by AI and machine learning, in an agile and cost-effective way.

DataOps defines how data teams work and also affects data consumers and those whose work causes new data to be created and used within the organization. Their work enables the entire organization to access data efficiently for data-driven decision-making and for the creation and delivery of data-driven applications.

Organizations with well-developed DataOps strategies, governance, and processes can expedite the delivery of data-driven workflows and results faster and better than others.

Who comes to DataOps Unleashed?

DataOps professionals and experts including data administrators, data architects, data engineers, data analysts, AI/ML professionals, and data technology leadership.

Join us for sessions on:

  • Data pipelines
  • Data orchestration
  • Data team composition
  • Data architecture
  • Data quality
  • Data governance
  • Data observability
  • Data operations
  • Data optimization
  • Data cost governance
  • Data migrations
  • Data modernization
  • MLOps/AIOps

Sign up for a free ticket below to see all of the sessions virtually at DataOps Unleashed 2022 on February 2nd!

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