Mike Del Balso

Co-Founder and CEO
Tecton

Mike Del Balso is the co-founder of Tecton, where he is focused on building next-generation data infrastructure for Operational ML. Before Tecton, Mike was the PM lead for the Uber Michelangelo ML platform. He was also a product manager at Google where he managed the core ML systems that power Google’s Search Ads business. Previous to that, he worked on Google Maps. He holds a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering summa cum laude from the University of Toronto.

How Feature Stores Enable Operational ML
Tuesday, January 19 | 
11:10 AM - 
11:40 AM

Data is often the hardest part of getting ML models to production. Data scientists lack the tooling required to build and deploy production-ready features. Instead, they rely on data engineering teams to implement custom pipelines with production-hardened code. These pipelines are complex, brittle, and expensive. The end result is that more than 70% of ML projects never get deployed.

Feature stores are data platforms that make it easy to build, deploy, and use features in production. They transform raw data into feature values, store the values, and serve them for model training and online inference. By automating these steps, feature stores allow data scientists to build and deploy features within hours instead of months.

Mike will provide an overview of feature stores and show how they helped Uber scale to 1000’s of production models in just a few years. He’ll explain the key differences between types of feature stores, and how to pick the right one based on your requirements.

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