Why Online Retailer Zalando Was First to Embrace the Data Mesh

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Most data professionals aspire to be leaders within a single industry. It’s rare to see professionals establish and re-establish themselves as powerful influencers across multiple verticals. But this is precisely what Dr. Alexander Borek has done, helping some of the world’s most recognizable brands scale tangible value from data, analytics, and AI. In this episode, he covers a wide range of topics, including his personal career journey, creating cultures of innovation, centralized vs. decentralized data products, and the imminent impact of generative AI.  

Tune in to learn:

  • Background on Zalando [2:15]
  • Dr. Borek’s The Ultimate Data and AI Guide [5:32]
  • Becoming a data leader in multiple industries [7:02]
  • Germany’s growing data culture [14:30]
  • The need for a greater sense of urgency in data understanding [17:07]
  • The origins of the data mesh [19:33]
  • The benefits of cross-team collaboration [24:44]
  • Data mash vs. data fabric [31:30]
  • Using data for insight and action [37:28]
  • The rapid expansion of generative technologies [40:10]


About Dr. Alexander Borek

Dr. Alexander Borek is a data leader, author and keynoter and supports tech and established companies on their data and AI journeys, in particular, with regards to strategy, roadmap, product management, architecture and scaling tech and talent. He brings a lot of experience in successfully establishing global platforms and scaling software products. As the co-leader of the Zalando Data Foundation, he manages the central data analytics teams for business intelligence, data engineering, machine learning, curated sales/customer/product/partner data, master data management and business process mining and automation. He is driving the data mesh transformation across all business units in the Zalando Group.

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