Data mesh: a unique approach

Liese Hennus Director People and culture Belgium and Germany, Solita

Published 20 Jun 2023

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As I was looking for a Data Architect in Belgium, I had a discussion with Fernando Polónia about this topic and the unique methodology that we are using.

Why is Solita working with the data mesh methodology?

To start with, we didn’t just adapt the data mesh methodology, we developed our own 3 steps methodology based on expertise from different roles and hands-on experience with customers.

We started this journey by gathering architects from Finland, architects from Belgium, experts in data, experts in connectivity, experts in project management and experts in design. We sat down and designed a unique approach that could bring real value to these data mesh implementations instead of just improvising, or doing things in a very technical way and failing because we didn’t change what was needed in the organisation.

And how does that look like?

The methodology focuses on a full transformation of the organisation by tailoring the journey of a data product from the initial need to the delivery and assimilation within the specific organisation. Specific, because Solita will approach every organisation differently by mapping what kind of new roles, tasks and challenges we find in each specific organisation, which makes this holistic approach unique on the market. Every implementation is tailored to the organisation’s reality and maturity.

What do you mean by holistic?

It is crucial to understand that our way of working is not about a technical or architectural change, but a global transformation. We don’t just chop a data warehouse into pieces and we make it distributed ending up with a decentralised information model as a result, we don’t try to find the people that fit the roles the theory describes. We don’t compromise, we sit everybody down in workshops and we try to discover how we can tailor it to the different roles and responsibilities that exist, or define roles that can be created in the context of the organisation. We define what it means for this customer: Data product? Domain ownership? Data product ownership? Self-service from data development and data consumption perspective? All those expectations and ideas, which are unique for every organisation, are being matched to the current organisation and to what they want to become. It’s this transforming approach that guarantees the benefits are reaped, and the process is smooth and well organised. All steps are ready to go, the change management required in all phases is an integral part of it.

You mentioned already that this approach has been put into practice.

Yes, it’s not just a theory, it’s built with hands-on experience and already validated with different customers of which the customers in Belgium were the forerunners. By exchanging our knowledge on different organisations in different countries we are able to refine our way of working along the way, international exposure is a key ingredient of this methodology as well.

Why would you join Solita as a data architect?

You can join a company that has hands-on experience with a uniquely valuable methodology that adapts towards the context of every company, not just a technological change, it is part of the transformative program of an organisation. We know what we are doing, we have done it before, and we have a method of doing it and a method of tailoring it every time we do it.

We can top this with an international channel of experts exchanging knowledge, an example of this are weekly calls where we discuss approaches, bottlenecks and other practical things we face with different customers, from technical to business-oriented challenges.

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