Dirk Krautschick


Dirk Krautchick has been working as a solution architect at Aiven since November 2023. As a qualified computer scientist, he was the responsible database administrator and quality support engineer for a manufacturer of optimization software in the aviation sector for 9 years, where he built up his know-how in operating PostgreSQL or Oracle databases and application servers. In 2017 he decided to use his fascination for database technologies and his skills as a consultant in - among others - the financial and energy sector to continually deepen them. During this dynamic times, the enthusiasm and fascination for open source from the student time returned and became priority for him. Without losing the acquired Oracle database know-how PostgreSQL as a primary topic was expanded in terms of content, teams were recruited, customers were trained and targeted projects were carried out. In addition to many architectural consulting and performance tuning projects also migrations from Oracle to PostgreSQL are often the content of such projects. In order to implement the open source and PostgreSQL strategy even more aggressively, without losing focus on the technology a move technical sales in 2022 was inevitable - first as a sales engineer at EnterpriseDB and now as a solution architect at Aiven.

Talk Description: Why PostgreSQL people should really care about Kafka and Debezium?

In the realm of data management, the convergence of Postgres, Kafka, and Debezium heralds a new era of possibilities. This talk is a compelling exploration into why individuals immersed in the Postgres ecosystem must pay careful attention to Kafka and Debezium, unveiling the transformative impact of this trinity on data architecture.

The discussion kicks off by unraveling the unique strengths of each player - Obiously Postgres as a robust relational database, Kafka as a resilient event streaming platform, and Debezium as the linchpin enabling change data capture (CDC). Attendees will embark on a journey through the intricacies of integrating these technologies, understanding how their synergy facilitates real-time data propagation and synchronization.

Throughout the talk, we'll dive into the benefits that arise when Postgres enthusiasts embrace Kafka and Debezium, from unlocking unparalleled insights into database changes to fortifying data consistency across distributed systems. Practical insights and real-world examples will illuminate the potential pitfalls in this integration, coupled with strategies to navigate challenges effectively.

This talk aspires to empower Postgres aficionados to navigate the evolving data terrain with confidence, fostering a community that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between Postgres, Kafka, and Debezium as the key to unlocking the full potential of their data ecosystems.