The upcoming Streams Messaging Manager(SMM) product from Hortonworks has drawn viral interest for those who have seen the concepts. SMM visualizes the intricate details of how Apache Kafka functions in real time while simultaneously surfacing every nuance of tuning, optimizing, and measuring input and output. SMM will assist users of every level to quickly understand and operate Kafka. While providing the much-needed transparency that sophisticated and experienced users need to avoid all the pitfalls of running a Kafka cluster.
In this talk, we will focus on the process we used to incept the product. We will detail all of the thought processes that go into creating products that delight users. We will provide tools for teams to use to produce similar results for themselves. And finally, we will share some of the insights and wisdom we learned from the handful of Kafka subject matter experts we interviewed.