Today we hear a lot about streaming data, fast data, and data in motion. But the truth is that we have always needed ways to move our data. Historically, the industry has been pretty inventive about getting this done. From the early days of data warehousing and extract, transform, and load (ETL) to now, we have continued to adapt and create new data movement methods, even as the characteristics of the data and data processing architectures have dramatically changed.
Exerting firm control over data in motion is a critical competency which has become core to modern data operations. Based on more than 20 years in enterprise data, here is my take on the past, present and future of data in motion.