Data Mesh

The Future of Data Management and Sharing

The cradle of Data Mesh

Building a data-oriented business remains one of the top strategic goals of organizations and executives. And while it may seem logical for companies to embrace the idea of being data-driven, it’s far more difficult to execute on that idea.

Changing landscape of data expectations

Data expectations used to be limited to Business Intelligence (BI) with reporting and dashboards. Today’s data however demand:

  • the integration of machine learning and real-time 
  • data-driven optimizations
  • streamlining operations (e.g. real-time logistics)
  • democratization of data 
  • continuous, frictionless access to the latest data

Traditional data architectures and data lakes become overwhelmed and are unable to scale and evolve with those demands. This is where the principles of data meshes come into play. They provide answers by enabling greater autonomy and flexibility for data owners, facilitating data innovation, while lessening the burden on data teams with a decentralized approach.

Revolutionize Your Data Strategy

Data meshes answer the challenge of managing data by focusing on building a decentralized, self-serve data ecosystem. By allowing greater flexibility for data stakeholders and lessening the burden on data teams, it addresses many common challenges and problems associated with traditional data management and data sharing practices:

  • Unleash siloed data

    In many organizations, data is stored and managed in isolated silos, making it difficult to access and share data across teams and departments. A data mesh aims to break down these silos and enable data to flow freely and easily across the organization.

  • Stop playing catch-up

    Tired of playing catch-up with your data in a complex and volatile business environment?  Data meshes allow you to manage changes to data gracefully. They align business, tech and data, while reducing the accidental complexity of pipelines and copying of data.

  • Reduce extensive coordination

    Reduce heavy coordination by delegate responsibilities to autonomous domains and their data product owners. Automate governance policies as embedded code and introduce explicit data contracts between data products to ease coordination.

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How does Data Mesh work?

Data mesh is an approach towards data management within organizations. The idea is to increase the accessibility and availability of data to business users and reduce the interdependency between data teams. It is based on the principles of modularity and governance, where data is treated as a first-class citizen with its own independent lifecycle and management structures. Let’s have a look at the key advantages for your organization when implementing a data mesh. 

  • Team autonomy with minimal dependencies to drive decision making
  • Transparency for cross-functional use between teams
  • Improved agility and flexibility in data management
  • Enhanced data governance
  • Breaking up data silos by sharing and making data reusable
  • Seamless integration with emerging technologies

Traditional data approach vs data mesh

Decentralized approach

Imagine that a company has a large amount of data spread across multiple departments and systems. In a traditional data management approach, each department might have its own siloed systems (a data silo is a collection of data held by one group that is not easily or fully accessible by other groups in the same organization)  for storing and managing data, making it difficult for teams to access and share data with each other. With a data mesh, the company could adopt a more decentralized approach to data management.

Each department would still have its own systems for managing data, but these systems would be connected and interoperable, allowing for easy sharing and access to data across the organization. Additionally, the company could establish clear governance protocols and standards for managing data, ensuring that it is used consistently and in accordance with company policies.

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Tom De Wolf
Senior Software Architect, Innovation Engineer and Technical Coach