This module covers the typical journey you might go through when implementing a data mesh in your organization. It won't cover the technical nitty-gritty details (code, APIs, etc.), but will rather give guidance into how a data mesh architecture works. The hands on modules after this one will walk you through the prototype setup in module 2.
You can view the four principles of the data mesh, covered in previous modules, as an evolution:
For example, you wouldn't start with Principle 3, data available everywhere, as a self service, rather, you'd start with Principle 1, data ownership by domain. You'd move from there to Principle 2, data as a product, and so on. Each principle generally features an increasing level of difficulty, but as you move through each of the data mesh principles, your capabilities will develop as well.
Data mesh has a concrete implementation, but it is more importantly a set of ideas. Reducing those ideas to practice by building out the mesh is a journey. So if you get started now, you're probably not going to have a data mesh next week. But there will come a point when you can reasonably say "I've built a data mesh." There may not be an obvious threshold, but you will recognize when you've reached that point.
To begin a data mesh, you first need to get the necessary management commitment. Then start with some concrete initial use cases: Ideally, things that are contained, simple, and owned by high-capability, forward-looking teams. You also want them to be visible, i.e., you want results that you can show to the business.
While data mesh is a valuable concept, it's not everything. It works in conjunction with other important systems such as microservices and domain-driven design, as we've mentioned. So those other methods are most likely going to need to be a part of your work, alongside and sometimes even orthogonal to data mesh. Basically, you should apply the data mesh concepts as you see fit to gain the maximum benefit for your company.
Continue to the following modules to evaluate the data mesh prototype created in module 2, Hands On: Data Mesh Prototype Setup.
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