Data management is hard at any scale, but working in the context of an enterprise organization adds even greater complexity. Infoworks is a platform built to provide a unified set of tooling for managing the full lifecycle of data in large businesses. By reducing the barrier to entry with a graphical interface for defining data transformations and analysis, it makes it easier to bring the domain experts into the process. In this interview co-founder and CTO of Infoworks Amar Arsikere explains the unique challenges faced by enterprise organizations, how the platform is architected to provide the needed flexibility and scale, and how a unified platform for data improves the outcomes of the organizations using it.
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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Amar Arsikere about the Infoworks platform for enterprise data operations and orchestration
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- Can you start by describing what you have built at Infoworks and the story of how it got started?
- What are the fundamental challenges that often plague organizations dealing with "big data"?
- How do those challenges change or compound in the context of an enterprise organization?
- What are some of the unique needs that enterprise organizations have of their data?
- What are the design or technical limitations of existing big data technologies that contribute to the overall difficulty of using or integrating them effectively?
- What are some of the tools or platforms that InfoWorks replaces in the overall data lifecycle?
- How do you identify and prioritize the integrations that you build?
- How is Infoworks itself architected and how has it evolved since you first built it?
- Discoverability and reuse of data is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations of all sizes. How do you address that in your platform?
- What are the roles that use InfoWorks in their day-to-day?
- What does the workflow look like for each of those roles?
- Can you talk through the overall lifecycle of a unit of data in InfoWorks and the different subsystems that it interacts with at each stage?
- What are some of the design challenges that you face in building a UI oriented workflow while providing the necessary level of control for these systems?
- How do you handle versioning of pipelines and validation of new iterations prior to production release?
- What are the cases where the no code, graphical paradigm for data orchestration breaks down?
- What are some of the most challenging, interesting, or unexpected lessons that you have learned since starting Infoworks?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
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