#24 Getting Started (and Keeping Going) with Your Data Mesh Journey – Interview w/ Sheetal Pratik

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In this episode, Scott interviews Sheetal Pratik, Director of Engineering, Data Integration at Adidas. If Sheetal’s name sounds familiar to data mesh officianados, she presented at the Data Mesh Learning meetup in August 2021.

Sheetal is passionate about giving companies the permission AND a workable plan for getting started with data mesh. She covered a wide range of things regarding getting starting but a few really stood out:

  • Don’t try to tackle tomorrow’s challenges today
  • Break your implementation into phases: development, adoption, and scaling
  • Start your initial data mesh MVP with a simple data product with a simple schema – your goal is to develop the “muscles” around creating and deploying data products rather than shooting for a high-value product first
  • Keep to a reasonable budget and prove viability and value

Sheetal also covered how much you really have to have in place to create and evaluate your MVP. There will always be evolution and change and your organization has to be ready for that. That can be frightening or inspirational. Sheetal chooses it as inspirational – it gives you the freedom to move quickly as long as the organization understands that things will change in the future.

She wrapped up with saying that data mesh shouldn’t be scary, you should be excited about this journey and what it can mean for your organization. Get an MVP out the door, it will take time, don’t get ahead of yourself. Data mesh success can happen if you let it.

Sheetal’s (and Divya and Madhu from Thoughtworks) Data Mesh Learning Meetup presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5btUaLPdaNk

Sheetal’s post re data mesh and using DataHub: https://blog.datahubproject.io/enabling-data-discovery-in-a-data-mesh-the-saxo-journey-451b06969c8f

Sheetal’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheetalpratik/

Data Governance using Data Mesh paper: https://easychair.org/publications/preprint/qZ3m

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