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Navigating Your Data Platform’s Growing Pains: A Path from Data Mess to Data Mesh | by Mahdi Karabiben | Apr, 2024

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Unlike their software counterparts, data teams lack established methodologies for overcoming scalability challenges. This article offers a set of guiding principles to effectively scale your data platform while maximizing its business impact.

Mahdi Karabiben
Towards Data Science
Photo by Jack Anstey on Unsplash

When working on software components, developers can leverage a wide range of frameworks, design patterns, and principles to scale their products and seamlessly adjust their architecture to support new use cases and handle increasing usage and complexity. This allows software engineering teams to ensure optimized performance and reliability as their platform (and its value) grows in scale.

Data teams, however, are not so fortunate. While the initial months of a data platform’s lifecycle are often marked by the excitement of tackling complex technical challenges and the joy of delivering a first wave of data products, what often follows is a daunting spiral of mounting complexity, rising costs, and diminishing returns.

Unlike other problems that we need to navigate as data teams, our scalability struggles are inherently different from the ones faced by software…