Tame The Entropy In Your Data Stack And Prevent Failures With Sifflet


November 20th, 2022

46 mins 46 secs

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About this Episode


The problems that are easiest to fix are the ones that you prevent from happening in the first place. Sifflet is a platform that brings your entire data stack into focus to improve the reliability of your data assets and empower collaboration across your teams. In this episode CEO and founder Salma Bakouk shares her views on the causes and impacts of "data entropy" and how you can tame it before it leads to failures.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Salma Bakouk about achieving data reliability and reducing entropy within your data stack with sifflet


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Sifflet is and the story behind it?
    • What is the motivating goal for the company and product?
  • What are the categories of errors that you consider to be preventable?
    • How does the visibility provided by Sifflet contribute to those prevention efforts?
  • What are the UI/UX patterns that you rely on to allow for meaningful exploration and analysis of dependency chains/impact assessments in the lineage graph?
  • Can you describe how you’ve implemented Sifflet?
    • How have the scope and focus of the product evolved from when you first launched?
  • What is the workflow for someone getting Sifflet integrated into their data stack?
  • What are some of the data modeling considerations that need to be considered when pushing metadata to Sifflet?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Sifflet used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Sifflet?
  • When is Sifflet the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Sifflet?

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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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