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Iceberg, Photobox, Data Versioning; ThDPTh #59

Three Data Point Thursday
Iceberg, Photobox, Data Versioning; ThDPTh #59
By Sven Balnojan  • Issue #68 • View online
A couple of weeks ago, I hit an iceberg.
A tabular Iceberg. Just when I was trying out their beta, it appeared on the horizon. 2 hours later, I crashed into it.
So sadly, I didn’t get what I wanted to work. So even better, that they are now providing a simpler demo setup for Iceberg at the very least, so you don’t have to experience the same…
I’m Sven, I collect “Data Points” to help understand & shape the future, one powered by data.

Svens Thoughts
If you only have 30 seconds to spare, here is what I would consider actionable insights for investors, data leaders, and data company founders.
  • Iceberg & Tabular are on the “trial radar”. I enjoy both, the Apache Iceberg project as well as what tabular is currently working on. It’s making working with data simply easier for everyone.
  • Data things are complex, don’t let people crash into them. Iceberg is currently mostly used by big corps (I assume, correct me if I am wrong!), mostly because the first versions aimed at a huge amount of data. However, iceberg has the potential of simply being an abstraction layer that could be used at any company. But for such complex things, it’s essential to make it approachable and easy to use these kinds of things. And Iceberg makes it notoriously hard to be used by anyone except the Sparkyspark experts out there.
  • Photobox unboxes an interesting Data Platform. Photobox shows that it’s pretty easy to build a modern data platform using events and AWS-native technology.
  • Data Versioning is still a thing. And it’s still completely underrated, a niche topic one could say. I am glad to see companies like taking an initiative in pushing that topic further, both with content and with products.
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