My ‘Thing Lake’ and Your Data Lake Have the Same Problem
Sometimes my house gets messy. Like a lot of people, I think “I can still use that” and I don’t want to throw away a lot of items. So I put them in my basement utility room. And I add more. And more. And I think to myself “I’ve just collected a room full of potentially useful things, and one day I’ll use one of them.” And so the day comes when I need a dolly, or an easel, or even an infant mattress side guard rail, and I think to myself “I have that – it’s in the utility room (or, as I now call it, my ‘Thing Lake’)”. But I can’t always find it, and soon I begin to question whether I even have the item any longer. And the project I had in mind for it just fades away too.
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