Kafka Connect is an ideal tool for building data pipelines. It is both reliable and scalable, with a pluggable interface that lets you flow data between Kafka and any system you need. A Connect pipeline is made up of many different components, and understanding how each of these interact together is essential, even for the simplest setup. In this talk we will introduce the Connect components, from connectors, to transformations to the runtime itself. We will also share some of the new capabilities and best practices that you should be aware of to help you run and manage connectors effectively. Finally we will talk about some different open source projects that have been built on top of Connect that can help you get the most out of the framework.