How can data mesh modernize your data insights?
What is data mesh?
The data mesh architecture and operating model modernizes analytical data management. By granting easy access to analysis and operationalization of business insights, it allows access from virtually any data source without the input of expert data teams. Data mesh decentralizes data operations and data ownership, streamlining the process of accessing and applying data to business operations.
It combines several elements and processes, including data product, analytical data, data platform and federated governance. Whilst the domain team maintains responsibility for the data product operations during its entire lifecycle, data mesh compiles all of the necessary data to allow businesses to make faster, more informed data decisions.
The mesh itself emerges when teams use data products from other domains, accommodating a domain-centric and decentralized approach to data management.
Data mesh is founded on four fundamental principles:
Domain ownership – Analytical data should be composed around and directed by domains so that data ownership is moved from the central data team to the domain teams.
Data as a product – The domain team is responsible for satisfying the needs of other domains that consume the data, therefore it should be high-quality.
Self-serve data infrastructure – A dedicated data platform team provides domain-agnostic functionality, tools and systems for the accessibility of interoperable data products across all domains.
Federated governance – All data products are interoperable due to the standardization of governance in keeping with industry data regulations.
Benefits of data mesh
The distributed architecture of data mesh reduces the processing and intervention layers that delay time to insight.
Flexible data access
Another benefit of the distributed architecture is that its connectors to many systems grant unparalleled flexibility. You don’t need to be locked in with a single data platform.
Vigorous data governance and security
Through its decentralized data operations, data mesh simplifies compliance with global data governance guidelines and allows businesses to manage their security at the source system.
The risk of a data breach is removed by compiling data analytics where the data resides, eliminating the need for users to route a copy to a data warehouse through a public network.
It can result in improved scalability due to its decentralized data operations. By eliminating many of the complexities of this process, it reduces operating and storage costs whilst powering service provisions and better business domain agility.
Why would you use data mesh over other data architecture?
By enabling end users to easily access data where it resides without the need to first transport it to a data lake or data warehouse, data mesh eliminates many of the challenges of data availability and accessibility that other data architecture faces.
How could your business benefit from data mesh?
Investing in your business to create a data team and data lake will initially help to drive results. However, in becoming a more data-driven business, you may find that the existing infrastructure is not able to accommodate the demand of growing time-sensitive analytical enquiries. The core concept behind data mesh is the idea of domain-oriented decentralization for analytical data, meaning that responsibility is shifted from your data team to a domain team.
By opting for data mesh, you will be enabling cross-functional team access to your valuable data insights. Data ownership is distributed among domain teams, creating greater data quality and reducing time-to-insights by streamlining the process required for operational teams to access and analyze data.
It also unlocks boundless potential for data analytics and behaviour modelling based on the distributed architecture and the ability for real-time decision-making granted by the reduced time between events and the analysis process.
When to use data mesh
If your domain teams are already running your systems and can make data-driven decisions themselves, data mesh is the next step toward optimized data management. It’s suitable for businesses that have modularized their software system and have high-latency data requirements as it is a network of data.
How to design and utilize data mesh
To create data mesh, your domain team will need to build analytical data models to conduct their own analysis. The domain team also needs to collaborate with the wider teams to develop policies which will govern the data mesh, such as security and interoperability.
The data platform team then provides a self-serve domain-agnostic data platform, which enables the domain teams to build the necessary data products and conduct their analysis effectively.
Finally, an enabling team offers guidance on modelling the analytical data and managing the interoperable data products.
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