Data visualization with Refocus, from Salesforce Open Source

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 19:00
Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area
San Francisco

Hi Everyone,

We invited two speakers from Salesforce to talk about Refocus, an open source data visualization project. Details are listed below.

Speech # 1

Why we built Refocus

Abstract: Refocus gives everyone, from frontline engineers to c-level executives, realtime visibility into the health of their products and infrastructure. It uses beautiful visualizations that are tailored to the different users and can be customized to suit different needs.

Speaker: Vijay Swamidass

Speech #2

Making your own lens with Refocus’ Lens Developer Kit (LDK)

Abstract: Refocus is a platform for visualizing the status of monitored subjects. The platform does not attempt to provide visualizations to satisfy every type of user. Instead, it allows users to install add-on modules, which we call lenses, to provide new visualizations. Each lens provides a new visualization to help users understand their data in a new way.

The LDK lets you build and test a lens quickly and iteratively, without having to install it into a running Refocus application. The LDK also provides some dummy data sets and simulates realtime events so you can test how your lens handles hierarchy data and realtime events.

Speaker: Ian Goldstein


6:30 - 7:00pm Social time

7:00 - 8:00pm Talk

8:00 - 8:45pm Social

Bio of speakers:

Vijay Swamidass is the Director of Site Reliability at Salesforce. He oversees the development of custom monitoring tools for the Infrastructure teams. The custom tools provide immediate insight into service health, amongst thousands of monitoring metrics collected regarding the global data centers.

Ian Goldstein is the Lead developer for Refocus, and a Principal Software Engineer at Salesforce. Ian combines his data visualization expertise using d3.js and React with years of monitoring software expertise to add to Refocus’ extensibility.

The room limit is 150 people, so RSVP early.

Many thanks to Salesforce for providing the venue!

Where: The event is held at the Training room in the Rincon Annex. This is a corporate facility so it can be a little confusing to find at first. Follow this guide:

Step #1 - The address is at 121 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105, so follow your GPS to this general area.

Step #2 - Get on Spear or Steuart street, between Mission and Howard, and enter the courtyard as depicted below in the diagram below:

Step #3 - The entrance is the door in the photo below. 

We look forward to seeing you!