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Leveraging Data Mesh to Fix the Organization’s Data Mess

By Nikhil Sonawane - August 26, 2022 3 Mins Read

Data mesh architecture enables enterprises to execute cross-domain analysis of their data and adopt a decentralized data management approach. 

The surge in the number of data sources demands enterprises to have agility in their information flow throughout the organization.

Data scientists are exploring the opportunities of data mesh into their IT infrastructure to decentralize the data architecture.

It is one of the most effective ways to enforce data quality and governance policies throughout the enterprise to avoid making data mess. This approach decentralizes the ownership of data at the domain level to transform the data quality. Businesses globally are generating tremendous amounts and without optimum data flows and policies set. It will be challenging to get valuable business insight from the data gathered through multiple sources.

Here are a few ways that CIOs can consider leveraging data mesh into their IT infrastructure to prevent creating a mess of data generated:

Create domain-oriented data ownerships and pipelines

Enterprises can leverage the capabilities of data mesh to federate data ownership to data domain data owners. These data owners hold accountability for the data offered by them as products while providing seamless data flows between distributed data across various servers. Such data frameworks are responsible for offering each domain the solution it requires to process it. These domains accomplish tasks like ingestion, cleaning, and aggregation of the data to create assets that can be used for Business Intelligence (BI) tools. All individual domains are accountable for their Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) pipelines. Moreover, CIOs can apply an additional set of capabilities to all the domains that gather, store, catalog, and process access control for their raw data. After data is transformed by a domain, its controllers can analyze the data for analytics and operational needs.

Automate the data flow

Domain-oriented design of data meshes enables enterprises to offer a self-serve data platform and extract the technical complexity and concentrate on separate data use cases. One of the most significant concerns with domain-oriented data flows is the duplication and skills needed to maintain data pipelines in every domain. Data mesh overcomes this concern by gleaning and extracting the domain data framework capabilities into a unified system that manages the data pipeline engine, storage, and streamlining of the data infrastructure. Adding ownership responsibilities to each domain will help to execute personalized ETL pipelines efficiently to streamline the data flows. Data mesh offers autonomy to the data flows, which it requires to optimize the entire process.

Set interoperable communication standards

Underneath every domain, there are universal sets of data standards that assist in streamlining collaboration between domains whenever required. There is a tremendous possibility that some data from all the data sets might be crucial for more than one domain. CIOs should consider allowing collaboration between different domains by standardizing formatting, governance, and visibility. It is crucial that every domain has common governance policies that they comply too and enable streamlined communication.

Minimize the domains

CIOs that want to decentralize their data platforms effectively need to evaluate their data, its ownership, and other aspects of it. It is crucial to spot all the right domains to ensure a successful data mesh architecture. Enterprises can identify the relevant domains and understand their optimum scope of them. Aggregating multiple sources into a comprehensive domain into the data mesh architecture will help enterprises to avoid making a data mess.

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Nikhil Sonawane

Nikhil S is a Tech Journalist with OnDot Media. He is a media professional with eclectic experience in communications for various technology media brands. He brings his eye for editorial detail and keen sense of language skills to every article he writes.

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