#19 Data Mesh in Government: Early Lessons Learned – Interview w/ Bente Busch

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Scott interviews Bente Busch, Director of Teams Service Platform – essentially the applications platformm design system, and data platform – at Norwegian government entity NAV (Norwegian Labor and Welfare Department).

Bente talked about some really interesting aspects of NAV’s data mesh implementation including:

  • The unique challenges of having producers more excited to share the data than consumers demanding more data
  • Changing the culture from doing “projects” to building products
  • How the on-prem enterprise data warehouse just didn’t offer them the same agility they need
  • Where they are in their data mesh journey so far
  • And much more

It’s a very interesting look into how data mesh could be applied in government with eventual plans to share information outside of the organization.

One very interesting insight is that including those building the application platform in the data mesh self-serve platform build out has been a big win – they are already familiar with application developer workflows and how they think so they are better able to anticipate needs when it comes to building the data platform.

Bente’s contact info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bentebusch/

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