#22 Food Fights and the Modern Data Stack re Data Mesh – Interview w/ Dr. Colleen Tartow

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Colleen’s contact info:

Email: colleen at starburst.io

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-tartow-phd/

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

Colleen’s blog: https://thesequel.substack.com/

The Data Buffet blog post: https://thesequel.substack.com/p/the-endless-data-buffet

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In this episode, Scott interviews Dr. Colleen Tartow, Director of Engineering at Starburst. They chatted about the fun and usefulness of food-related analogies to data mesh – you want it to work like a brunch buffet as that is basically a perfect Saturday in Colleen’s eyes. And Scott shared the concept of a grocery store – intentional food preparation with different degrees of ingredient and meal preparedness.

Colleen and Scott then covered the “Modern Data Stack” and its relevance to data mesh – in Colleen’s eyes, the Modern Data Stack isn’t all that modern, it is just the same old paradigm of data teams trying to do their best to work with the output of application/operational data stores and systems that aren’t designed with the data in mind. Scott somewhat agreed with his own spin.

Colleen shared her 4 S paradigm re doing data well: speed, simplicity, scalability, and SQL. Yes, slightly Starburst self-serving (4 more S words!) but still relevant and interesting.

They wrapped up with trying to figure out how much of data mesh can companies get away with not doing, which seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind. More questions than answers there…

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