Deliver Personal Experiences In Your Applications With The Unomi Open Source Customer Data Platform - Episode 245

Summary

The core to providing your users with excellent service is to understand them and provide a personalized experience. Unfortunately many sites and applications take that to the extreme and collect too much information. In order to make it easier for developers to build customer profiles in a way that respects their privacy Serge Huber helped to create the Apache Unomi framework as an open source customer data platform. In this episode he explains how it can be used to build rich and useful profiles of your users, the system architecture that powers it, and some of the ways that it is being integrated into an organization’s broader data ecosystem.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Serge Huber about Apache Unomi, an open source customer data platform designed to manage customers, leads and visitors data and help personalize customers experiences

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Unomi is and the story behind it?
  • What are the goals and target use cases of Unomi?
  • What are the aspects of collecting and aggregating profile information that present challenges to developers?
    • How does the design of Unomi reduce that burden?
  • How does the focus of Unomi compare to systems such as Segment/Rudderstack or Optimizely for collecting user interactions and applying personalization?
  • How does Unomi fit in the architecture of an application or data infrastructure?
  • Can you describe how Unomi itself is architected?
    • How have the goals and design of the project changed or evolved since it started?
    • What are some of the most complex or challenging engineering projects that you have worked through?
  • Can you describe the workflow of using Unomi to manage a set of customer profiles?
  • What are some examples of user experience customization that you can build with Unomi?
    • What are some alternative architectures that you have seen to produce similar capabilities?
  • One of the interesting features of Unomi is the end-user profile management. What are some of the system and developer challenges that are introduced by that capability? (e.g. constraints on data manipulation, security, privacy concerns, etc.)
  • How did Unomi manage privacy concerns and the GDPR ?
  • How does Unomi help with the new third party data restrictions ?
  • Why is access to raw data so important ?
  • Could cloud providers offer Unomi as a service ?
  • How have you used Unomi in your own work?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Unomi used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Unomi?
  • When is Unomi the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Unomi?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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