Originally published on January 6th, 2020.

ETL (extract, transform, load) is one of the most important processes in data integration and business intelligence. Constructing efficient ETL data pipelines is a crucial part of an organization’s BI and analytics workflows. As with any other tool or technology, however, ETL practitioners need to refresh their skill set and keep aware of changes by attending ETL conferences and events.

With the recent global health and safety concerns, many in-person ETL gatherings have gone virtual or been rescheduled for later in the year. To make sure you're not missing out, we once again present our list of the top ETL events for 2020, now updated to reflect any date, location, and format refreshes. Be sure to check in on these event websites often in order to keep up with any changes that might take place:

X-Force Data Summit

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Date: April 29-30 (replays available at https://www.xforcesummit.com/replays/ until TBA)

Location: Virtual

Xplenty's very own summit is the place to go for the global Salesforce community to share best practices, workflows, and lessons learned around Salesforce data and integrations. This virtual conference features a wide array of engaging talks, with topics including:

  • "Salesforce Confessions"
  • "Slack Hack Your Salesforce - Integrating Slack with Salesforce"
  • "Combining Segment With Salesforce"
  • "Creating Customer Health Scores With Salesforce & Xplenty"

Categories covered include Salesforce, Integration, Data Warehouse, ChatOps, Reporting, and analytics.

Registration for the X-Force Data Summit is free.

Data Council 2020

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Date: July 22-23, 2020

Location: San Francisco, CA

In its own words, Data Council is “the talent community for data geeks.” The organization runs a series of annual conferences and networking events across the U.S. for software engineers, data scientists, and machine learning researchers.

Rescheduled from April, the next Data Council event is currently slated to take place in July 2020 in San Francisco, with a maximum of 500 attendees. Previous conferences have been held in Barcelona, Singapore, and New York City.

According to the event’s website, speakers at Data Council 2020 will come from organizations like Facebook, Netflix, Stanford, MIT, and Salesforce. The conference will also feature six different tracks, several of which should interest ETL practitioners: Data Platforms & Pipelines, Machine & Deep Learning, Databases & Tools, Data Analytics, Building AI Products, and Hero Engineering.

Prices for the conference range from $799 (Early Bird) to $499 (Startup and Nonprofit), with discounts for bulk buying.

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useR! 2020

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Date: July 7-10, 2020

Location: St. Louis, MO

The R programming language is a highly popular tool for scientific computing, statistics, and data analysis. Like other data analysis tools, R relies on ETL in order to process and transform information between the source and target locations.

Developers and devotees of R converge at the annual useR! conference to discuss the project's present and future state. The 2019 conference, which took place in Toulouse, France, featured speakers such as RStudio's chief technology officer, as well as professors École Polytechnique and the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

useR! 2020 pricing features three tiers: Industry, with $590 (early bird) and $740 (regular), Academic, with $390 (early bird) and $540 (regular), and Student, with $190 (early bird) and $300 (regular).

AWS re:Invent 2020

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Date: November 30 - December 4, 2020

Location: TBA (likely Las Vegas)

America's playground plays host for one of the ETL community's biggest events with AWS re:Invent 2020.

Amazon’s annual conference for Amazon Web Services, AWS re:Invent serves as nothing less than a celebration of AWS offerings. In 2019, more than 60,000 attendees (including Xplenty) spread across six different venues on the Las Vegas Strip.

Amazon is a key player in the ETL community. Once ETL is complete, data is stored inside a target data warehouse, which is often in the cloud. Major public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer cloud data warehouses like Amazon Redshift to serve as the endpoint of ETL processes. AWS also offers its own fully managed ETL service, AWS Glue. Previous AWS re:Invent talks have discussed topics such as “Building Serverless ETL Pipelines with AWS Glue” and “Why Did AWS Get Into the ETL Space?” Expect similar material for ETL practitioners at the 2020 event.

Pricing for the conference is TBD.

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TDWI Orlando

Date: November 8–13, 2020

Location: Orlando, Florida

The "Leading Event for Data & Analytics Training" is also a prime event for anyone involved in the ETL field. The agenda features over 55 "in-depth sessions" over a huge array of topics, with industry experts and guest speakers galore.

Topics covered include:

  • Building a modern data infrastructure
  • Using the capabilities of multi-cloud architectures
  • Overcoming data integration hurdles
  • Engineering "high-value self-sacrifice insights from across the enterprise"

Super early-bird pricing for the conference goes until September, with prices broken down by the number of days attending (ranging from $2,260 to $3,3,725).

Data Champions Online

Date: May 4-8

Location: Virtual

This high-power virtual conference from the data leader Corinium is one of the most fascinating and involved conferences in the data field, and a must for all ETL practitioners. There's a full week of insights, strategies, learnings, and much more from industry leaders, with representatives from AIG, Chubb, Northwell Health, and Bell Media all on the schedule. Topics covered include:

  • "Taking a Psychological Approach to Data Challenges"
  • "How Are Businesses Developing and Achieving Data Transformation?"
  • "How Are Businesses Streamlining Their Enterprises and Processes For Better Results?"

Registration for the conference is free.

Final Thoughts

There's plenty of opportunity at all 7 of these events and conferences for business professional to learn, network, and discover all about ETL. The X-Force Data Summit is the place to be for the global Salesforce community to share best practices, workflows, and lessons learned around Salesforce data and integrations. If you prioritize networking, AWS re:Invent won't let you down with the thousands of attendees and hundreds of booths. If you prioritize learning, TDWI provides classes and learning sessions. 

And if solving your data problems is a priority, Xplenty can help you jumpstart your data integration and analytics. We are a code-free ETL software that allows you to create simple, visualized data pipelines to your data warehouse or data lake. We provide elasticity and scalability for out-of-the-box integrations. The elastic and scalable infrastructure offers flexibility for your unique data needs. Contact us for a free 7 day trial on our platform.