Chapter 14

Developing a Data Architecture

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Understanding what a data architecture is

Bullet Identifying key characteristics of a data architecture

Bullet Understanding the architectural layers

Bullet Defining key technologies for a data architecture

Bullet Building a modern data architecture

Building a data architecture is similar to what happens when a traditional architect designs a home or a building: First create a blueprint that aligns with the short- and long-term objectives of an organization, and then make sure that the blueprint becomes a reality.

A general view is that a data architecture defines a standard set of products and tools that an organization uses to manage data. But it’s much more than that. Any truly effective data architecture must take into account the unique cultural and contextual requirements of an organization, like the company size, setup, and line of business as well as potential technical, legal, security, or other constraints. In addition, a data architecture ...

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