#33 10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Ready for Data Mesh Article – Interview w/ Thinh Ha

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In this episode, Scott interviewed Thinh Ha, Strategic Cloud Engineer at Google Cloud Professional Services. To be clear, Thinh was only representing his own views and was not representing Google/GCP in any way.

Scott had asked Thinh to be on after Thinh wrote a post on Medium called 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Adopt Data Mesh (later changed to 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Ready to Adopt Data Mesh). While Thinh is a self-professed “believer” in data mesh, he brings up a number of very reasonable checklist/self-check reasons you wouldn’t be ready to move towards data mesh yet.

Scott and Thinh go down each of the 10 objections/reasons through the episode and it is advisable to read the article before proceeding. You can see the high level reasons below. There are a lot of very valuable insights into each of the reasons that could make this a 5 page summary so just listen to the episode instead 😉

1. You are not operating at a scale where decentralization makes sense

2. You do not have a strong business-case for how adopting Data Mesh will deliver business value for individual business units

3. You treat Data Mesh as a technical solution with a fixed target rather than an operating model that continuously evolves over time

4. Your organizational culture does not empower bottom-up decision-making

5. You do not have clearly established roles & responsibilities and incentive structure for distributed data teams

6. You do not have a critical mass of data talent

7. Your data teams have low engineering maturity

8. You expect to find off-the-shelf software to help you adopt Data Mesh

9. You do not have buy-in to “shift-left” security, privacy, and compliance

10. You do not consider Data Governance to be a core activity to be prioritized against other activities in every data team’s backlog

Twitter: @thinh_ha / https://twitter.com/thinh_ha

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/%E2%98%81%EF%B8%8F-thinh-ha-58945969/

Medium post: https://medium.com/google-cloud/10-reasons-why-you-should-not-adopt-data-mesh-7a0b045ea40f

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