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Understanding Data Mesh

January 18, 2023
Understanding Data Mesh

Companies can get a handle on data complexity by developing a single view of their key metrics across multiple clouds or on-premise data stores. The new concept – referred to as “data mesh” – helps create a coherent view of your enterprise data’s ecosystem, combined with collective intelligence from both tech and operational teams in a company but also with external stakeholders (clients, partners, providers).

Data mesh defines a platform architecture based on a decentralized network. The data mesh distributes data ownership and allows domain-specific teams to manage data independently. The data mesh architecture treats data as a product. It distributes ownership to different end-users without requiring permission from a centralized system to access or manage it. This way, the linear data pipeline is eliminated while the central authority can easily monitor the system without approving every data request.

In short, it makes sure everything stays connected by linking disparate data sources together into one cohesive whole. Data mesh works at all levels of your organization, from personal devices to entire cloud storage solutions and everything in between. By connecting these different pieces into one complete whole (data mesh), we can ensure that information is always accurate and accessible across any device, anywhere at any time.

This also means that if something goes wrong with one piece of equipment or software, we can isolate where exactly the problem lies so we can fix it quickly before too much damage is done. Data mesh is a new data architecture that treats each data silo as a microservice and uses an event-driven approach to share data throughout the organization. The adoption of microservices over the past decade has not only revolutionized software development but also created a new way of building and delivering software applications. Being able to incorporate this information into just one report and dashboard allows organizations to make better decisions quicker than ever before.

 

Data Mesh Benefits to Business

360-Degree Customer View

One of the primary use cases of the data mesh is to reduce implementation time and handle time for the end-user. This is deployed in environments where the organization needs to increase resolution at first contact. The faster resolution time improves customer satisfaction while keeping the system unclogged. Such implementation provides a holistic view of the end consumer. This provides a detailed picture of the customer’s preferences and helps organizations create predictive churn models to help determine the next-best offerings and other retention strategies.

 

Data Mesh Creates a Flexible, User-Driven Data Environment

The data mesh architecture has revolutionized the way we handle data. The increased independence of systems, control with end-users, and targeted delivery of data as a product have allowed a centralized monitoring system to remain in power while reducing data movement within the enterprise. This has ensured faster time to execution and improved the scoped resulted-oriented experimentation.

 

Hypersegmentation

Data mesh allows organizations to divide data as a product into many smaller segments. This will enable teams to get the correct information and deliver the best experience and targeted customer marketing. Hypersegmentation through data mesh allows an organization to deliver unique experiences based on preferences and behavior through the appropriate channels where the customer is likely to engage. The data mesh architecture has revolutionized the way we handle data. The increased independence of systems, control with end-users, and targeted delivery of data as a product have allowed a centralized monitoring system to remain in power while reducing data movement within the enterprise. This has ensured faster time to execution and improved the scoped resulted-oriented experimentation.

 

Transparency

A centralized approach can keep expert team in silos. This also hinders the transparency of the organization. The decentralized data mesh allows functional ownership of the data across different designated groups. This ensures adequate control of the data by expert teams, improving transparency with the organization.

 

Compliance

Distributed ownership helps enterprises gain control of their system’s security at the source. This is made possible by reconciling data ingestion with formats, volumes, and data sources. This makes compliance simple and helps the entire organization follow governance instructions easily. Such improved governance and compliance allow companies to ensure that data delivery is optimized for high quality, with access to data withing the organization remaining uncomplicated.

 

Challenges When Implementing Data Mesh

As with any new architecture or technology, there are challenges when implementing and running the system.

 

Paradigm Shift

One of the primary drawbacks of a data mesh is the change in organizational culture. Implementing the system requires extensive training and education within the organization to make all parties involved aware and supportive of the new model. The grant of access and control in the hands of the end-users requires them to understand how to leverage the advantages of the system. Since a data mesh offers independence to end-users, they are required to understand how their actions will affect the organization. Traditional organizations that rely on highly centralized operating procedures need to address the change and manage the shift to avoid inefficiencies.

 

High Cost to Entry

A data mesh requires existing infrastructure, tools, and software to be adapted to the new model. Therefore, when organizations adopt a data mesh architecture for their systems, they must incur the cost of integrating the existing data into a mesh. Further, the organization would also need to establish infrastructure to support the new mesh architecture. This includes support for integrating data, virtualization of information, governance and compliance, the cataloging of data for the mesh, and delivery of data to the end-user.

 

Cross-Domain Monitoring

A data mesh gives end users effective control over the data. Therefore, when organizations implement a mesh architecture, they need to ensure that they can monitor the systems. This is to ensure efficiency and security within the organization.

 

Data management in an IoT ecosystem

With 5G and the diversification of IoT applications, data platforms receive more data. Both more in terms of volume and more in terms of variety. This brings significant data management challenges. This data needs to be handled at scale and with speed.  As many data sources generate data in different formats and with disparate types of information, the quality of final delivered data must be considered from the start.

 

When evaluating data platforms for your IoT ecosystem, look for these key capabilities:

 

Versatility: Addressing the diversity of data with different types of information and in different format types generated by the IoT devices and network is of utmost importance.

Flexibility: Filtering irrelevant data and enriching data with metadata to support better analytics.

Scalability: Responding to data fluctuation and high traffic peaks. As data needs grow, the system should adjust to handle the changing flow of information while maintaining efficiency.

Real-time processing: Generated data should be ready to be consumed in real time, enabling use cases that operationalize machine learning (ML) models, for example anomaly detection in real time so that they can take preventive steps before it is too late.

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