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Bayer Document Stream Processing

Bayer selected Apache Kafka as the primary layer for a variety of document streams flowing through several text processing and enrichment steps. Every day, Bayer analyzes numerous documents including clinical trials, patents, reports, news, literature, etc. We will give an idea about the strategic importance, peek into future challenges and we will provide an end-to-end technical overview.

Throughout the discussion, we will look at challenges we handle in the platform and discuss respective solutions. Among others, we discuss our approach to continuously pull in data from a variety of external sources and how we harmonize different formats and schemas. We discuss large document processing and error handling, which allows efficient debugging while not blocking the pipeline.

Then, we take on the user’s perspective and demo the platform. One will learn how users create new document processing pipelines and how Bayer keeps track of the many running Kafka pipelines.


Astrid Rheinländer
Christoph Böhm