Scale By the Bay Scale By the Bay

A Journey of Migrating Data Platform from Data Center to Cloud


Lei Gao
Workday, Engineering Manager (Data Platform)

Experienced engineering leader on Enterprise Software/Cloud/Machine learning with a diverse background across research, product data science, machine learning engineering, and data infrastructure. Passionate about driving product growth with data and building wonderful products powered by machine learning. Led zero-to-one teams delivering successful products and navigated teams through hyper-growth, re-organization, and major strategy shift. Familiar with driving product growth with metrics, building machine learning products, and providing data infrastructures.

We have built a data platform which is powering thousands of internal analytics use cases over last four years. With more and more challenges from both business growth and cost effectiveness, the team decides to move the data platform from our data center to public cloud. I will share the experiences and lessons what we learned during the migration, such as modernizing the platform through levering the cloud native services, reduce the cost with the elastic cloud provision and so on.