Data engineering is a relatively young and rapidly expanding field, with practitioners having a wide array of experiences as they navigate their careers. Ashish Mrig currently leads the data analytics platform for Wayfair, as well as running a local data engineering meetup. In this episode he shares his career journey, the challenges related to management of data professionals, and the platform design that he and his team have built to power analytics at a large company. He also provides some excellent insights into the factors that play into the build vs. buy decision at different organizational sizes.
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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Ashish Mrig about his path as a data engineer
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- You currently lead a data engineering team at a relatively large company. What are the topics that account for the majority of your time and energy?
- What are some of the most valuable lessons that you’ve learned about managing and motivating teams of data professionals?
- What has been your most consistent challenge across the different generations of the data ecosystem?
- How is your current data platform architected?
- Given the current state of the technology and services landscape, how would you approach the design and implementation of a greenfield rebuild of your platform?
- What are some of the pitfalls that you have seen data teams encounter most frequently?
- You are running a data engineering meetup for your local community in the Boston area. What have been some of the recurring themes that are discussed in those events?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
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