Companies nowadays are finding it critical to be able to gather and analyze massive amounts of disparately sourced data, quickly and reliably. In this course, Kafka: Build, Deploy, and Monitor Your First Real-world Application, you'll learn how it can be more than a superior, distributed messaging system, but a platform to handle all your stream processing needs. First, you’ll review the basics; topics, producers, consumers, and beyond. Then, you’ll discover how to operationalize your data pipelines. Finally, you'll learn how easily maintaining and monitoring the data pipeline throughout a full production lifecycle. By the end of this course, you’ll have learned how to use Kafka for many of your data needs, merging the worlds of data consuming, processing, and devops.