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There’s a common difficulty that companies are having in transitioning to Big Data, especially Kafka. They’re coming from systems where everything is exposed as an RPC-esque call (remote procedure call/REST call/etc). They’re transitioning to a data pipeline where everything is exposed as raw data.

These data pipelines are a brand new concept. With RPC’s, there was a much higher coupling. Teams could change the RPCs as they needed to change the call. With a data pipeline, there is a very loose coupling. Changes to the data pipeline will ripple through the organization in different ways.

Here are questions that teams and organization need to answer when using a data pipeline: