Leading The Charge For The ELT Data Integration Pattern For Cloud Data Warehouses At Matillion - Episode 286

Summary

The predominant pattern for data integration in the cloud has become extract, load, and then transform or ELT. Matillion was an early innovator of that approach and in this episode CTO Ed Thompson explains how they have evolved the platform to keep pace with the rapidly changing ecosystem. He describes how the platform is architected, the challenges related to selling cloud technologies into enterprise organizations, and how you can adopt Matillion for your own workflows to reduce the maintenance burden of data integration workflows.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Ed Thompson about Matillion, a cloud-native data integration platform for accelerating your time to analytics

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Matillion is and the story behind it?
  • What are the use cases and user personas that you are focused on supporting?
    • How does that influence the focus and pace of your feature development and priorities?
  • How is Matillion architected?
    • How have the design and goals of the system changed since you started working on it?
  • The ecosystems of both cloud technologies and data processing have been rapidly growing and evolving, with new patterns and paradigms being introduced. What are the elements of your product focus and messaging that you have had to update and what are the core principles that have stayed the same?
  • What have been the most challenging integrations to build and support?
  • What is a typical workflow for integrating Matillion into an organization and building a set of pipelines?
    • What are some of the patterns that have been useful for managing incidental complexity as usage scales?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Matillion used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Matillion?
  • When is Matillion the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Matillion?

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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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