Insights And Advice On Building A Data Lake Platform From Someone Who Learned The Hard Way - Episode 289

Summary

Designing a data platform is a complex and iterative undertaking which requires accounting for many conflicting needs. Designing a platform that relies on a data lake as its central architectural tenet adds additional layers of difficulty. Srivatsan Sridharan has had the opportunity to design, build, and run data lake platforms for both Yelp and Robinhood, with many valuable lessons learned from each experience. In this episode he shares his insights and advice on how to approach such an undertaking in your own organization.

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Announcements

  • Hello and welcome to the Data Engineering Podcast, the show about modern data management
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  • RudderStack helps you build a customer data platform on your warehouse or data lake. Instead of trapping data in a black box, they enable you to easily collect customer data from the entire stack and build an identity graph on your warehouse, giving you full visibility and control. Their SDKs make event streaming from any app or website easy, and their state-of-the-art reverse ETL pipelines enable you to send enriched data to any cloud tool. Sign up free… or just get the free t-shirt for being a listener of the Data Engineering Podcast at dataengineeringpodcast.com/rudder.
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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Srivatsan Sridharan about the technological, staffing, and design considerations for building a data platform

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what your experience has been with designing and implementing data platforms?
  • What are the elements that you have found to be common requirements across organizations and data characteristics?
  • What are the architectural elements that require the most detailed consideration based on organizational needs and data requirements?
  • How has the ecosystem for building maintainable and usable data lakes matured over the past few years?
    • What are the elements that are still cumbersome or intractable?
  • The streaming ecosystem has also gone through substantial changes over the past few years. What is your synopsis of the meaningful differences between todays options and where we were ~6 years ago?
  • How did your experiences at Yelp inform your current architectural approach at Robinhood?
  • Can you describe your current platform architecture?
    • What are the primary capabilities that you are optimizing for?
  • What is your evaluation process for determining what components to use in your platform?
    • How do you approach the build vs. buy problem and quantify the tradeoffs?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen your data systems used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on designing and implementing data platforms across your career?
  • When is a data lake architecture the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of the data platform at Robinhood?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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