Meetup #3

Hierarchy of MLOps Needs

The topic of conversation for our next virtual meetup will be a pyramid of best practices that build-up to and incorporate data science best practices. That is to say, we will be analyzing “the essentials” base of the pyramid up to the top. ML/DS/AI is an extension to the technical stack. So you can't really talk about Data science best practices without accidentally talking about software engineering best practices. For example, model provenance doesn't count for anything if you don't have code or container provenance. Just as Maslow has the basic human needs so too do we have basic MLOps needs. Where does "MLOps", as a "thing", starts and end? For example, the four very reasonable best practices of the operation of models, but these are usually consumed into higher-level abstractions because there is a lot more to do than "just" provenance. This will be a virtual fireside chat between Phil, Luke and Demetrios for the first 40 minutes and in the remaining 20 min all participants will be encouraged to join in and ask questions.

In this episode

Phil  Winder

Phil Winder

CEO, Winder Research

Dr. Phil Winder is a multidisciplinary software engineer and data scientist. As the CEO of Winder Research, a Cloud-Native data science consultancy, he helps startups and enterprises improve their data-based processes, platforms, and products. Phil specializes in implementing production-grade cloud-native machine learning and was an early champion of the MLOps movement. More recently, Phil has authored a book on Reinforcement Learning (RL) ( which provides an in-depth introduction of industrial RL to engineers. He has thrilled thousands of engineers with his data science training courses in public, private, and on the O’Reilly online learning platform. Phil’s courses focus on using data science in industry and cover a wide range of hot yet practical topics, from cleaning data to deep reinforcement learning. He is a regular speaker and is active in the data science community. Phil holds a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in electronic engineering from the University of Hull and lives in Yorkshire, U.K., with his brewing equipment and family.


Demetrios Brinkmann

Demetrios Brinkmann


Demetrios is one of the main organizers of the MLOps community and currently resides in a small town outside Frankfurt, Germany. He is an avid traveller who taught English as a second language to see the world and learn about new cultures. Demetrios fell into the Machine Learning Operations world, and since, has interviewed the leading names around MLOps, Data Science, and ML. Since diving into the nitty-gritty of Machine Learning Operations he felt a strong calling to explore the ethical issues surrounding ML. When he is not conducting interviews you can find him making stone stacking with his daughter in the woods or playing the ukulele by the campfire.