#219 Zhamak’s Corner 22 – Increasing Resilience of Data Processes Through Software Best Practices

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Key Takeaways:

  • We need to be better about getting on the same page regarding some semantics in data mesh. Otherwise, it’s hard to work together internally and across organizations to move the industry forward.
  • There are so many things we’ve learned about how to break systems into smaller components on the services side, about preventing tight coupling but the data world has yet to apply those learnings. We’re heading down some paths that we don’t need to if we follow past learnings.
  • As an example of above, early data contract approaches are too tightly coupled around schema. We need to be a little less rigid there but how feels to be determined.
  • Postel’s Law: “Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others.” Learn it and think about how to apply it to data so we create more resiliency across our internal data ecosystems. Right now, there isn’t much out there on the how.
  • Resiliency at scale is possible on the operational plane, why not the data plane? We need to be “very mindful and not na├»ve” around how we integrate in the data world to not make the same mistakes we made on the services side.

Postel’s Law: https://ardalis.com/postels-law-robustness-principle/

Semantic Diffusion article Zhamak mentioned: https://www.martinfowler.com/bliki/SemanticDiffusion.html

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