July 2022 – Agile Lab News

What’s in store  

July 2022

Welcome to the summer issue of the Agile Lab’s newsletter!

Given these hot days, we will keep it short but you will still be up-to-date about us ☀

These are exciting days for us since we are preparing our trip for Big Data London 2022! On September 21-22, Agile Lab is going to sponsor the UK’s leading data & analytics conference and exhibition, hosting leading data and analytics experts. We are going to have a talk in the Data Mesh Theatre and we hope to meet you at our stand 559! If you’d like to know more, go to the event website and reserve your ticket. It’s free!

🧳 Are you ready for your summer trip too? While packing you might want to hear about some of our success cases.

Data Mesh is not just a matter of technology or data platform, it is a process that involves all the company, working on cross-functional teams in different domains. If you want to learn more about the new paradigm and how data-driven organizations lead their Data Mesh journey, take a look at our website to listen directly from top companies, how they succeeded in their data mesh evolution.

We are always looking for the best talents on the market!
Check out our open positions and find the one that’s right for you.

Stay tuned!

May 2022 – Agile Lab News

What’s in store  

May 2022

Agile Lab has developed Data Mesh Boost, a ready-to-use solution to manage the entire life cycle of your Data Products: starting from the creation and ending with the consumption, speeding up the time to market and lowering implementation costs.
Discover more!

Data Product Specification
Roberto Coluccio, Big Data Architect & Project Lead at Agile Lab, talks about a practical approach we are using with some important customers of ours to enable the automation needed by their platform supporting their Data Mesh. Read the article!

Learn how Enel Group worked with Agile Lab to implement Dremio as a data mesh solution for providing broad access to a unified view of their data, and how they use that architecture to enable a multitude of use cases.
Register soon!

Big Data & AI Torino Group is back with a new HYBRID MeetUp! 🎉 On the next 14th of June, with Emanuele Maffeo, Senior Big Data Engineer at Agile Lab, and Mattia Zeni, Solutions Architect Data & AI in Databricks, we will talk about how to implement data pipelines using Azure Databricks and about Data Lakehouse Platform with a focus on Delta.
Reserve your seat or join remotely!

Last month we officially reached the goal of the 💯th employee!
We are immensely proud of our ever-growing team, which brought in years of experience and expertise to grow Agile Lab. Their commitment and dedication drive our success!

But we do not want to stop!
We are always looking for the best talents on the market and we give you the Top 10 reasons to choose us!
Check out our open positions and find the one that’s right for you.

Stay tuned!

March 2022

What’s in store – March22



An inspiring article by Roberto Coluccio, Agile Lab Data Architect, with 10 practical tips that can help companies in reducing Data Mesh’s adoption roadblocks and improve domains’ engagement.

The transition towards Data Mesh can be tough if you don’t have engaged and motivated teams. It’s perfectly normal to be scared of the unknown, to be worried about getting out of that comfort zone, to question why and how this big change will transform an organization.

Read the article and find out how to address your journey towards Data Mesh.



Data Innovation Summit 2022 is coming!
The next 5th and 6th May, we will be in Stockholm for the 7th edition of the most influential Data, AI and Advanced Analytics event in the Nordic Region.
It will be an extraordinary opportunity to see Data Mesh boost
, in action.




How does the Customer 360 view fit into the Data Mesh paradigm?
To answer the question, read the article by Roberto Coluccio, Data Architect at Agile Lab, who suggests some practical approaches to deal with this issue.




For the second year in a row, the Financial Times and Statista, ranked Agile Lab in the FT 1000, the list of Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies.





We are always looking for the best talent on the market!
Check out our open positions and find the one that’s right for you.


Mentoring, coaching, or sponsoring?
Mentoring and coaching activities look similar, but the impetus is different.
In mentoring relationships, the mentee usually sets the agenda. In a coaching relationship, the coach usually sets the agenda. 
Sponsorship is very different. A sponsor uses their authority and influence to create opportunities and recognition to advance someone’s career.
Have you ever thought about this?




Data Engineering is a practice, not (just) a role…..
If you’re interested in finding out more about Elite Data Engineering, read the article by Paolo Platter, Agile Lab CTO.


January 2022

What’s in store  |  January 2022




The CDP migration is coming up, are you ready to face this new challenge? 
Agile Lab is willing to work with you to support and guide you with this key process. 
Learn how!



Another interesting article by Paolo Platter, Agile Lab CTO, on Data Mesh and how “Data Product Flow” can help companies in identifying their Data Products.
Read now!



IDC Analyst Brief: Accelerate data-driven transformation with Data Mesh
Why Data Mesh can promote a faster, more efficient and more scalable data-driven transformation process.
Download the report!



Next Thursday, February 3rd, at 18.30 CET don’t miss the talk organized by Agile Lab Bari and with Nicola Guglielmi, Cloud Solution Architect, as speaker. It will be shown a use case of GCP for developing an analytics solution in a serverless environment.
Sign up soon!



Next February 24th, at 19 CET, Agile Lab Veneto is going to run a Tech&More about Materialize.
Marta Paes, a Senior DevEx Engineer at Materialize, we’ll cover the basic concepts of streaming SQL and highlight what makes Materialize unique in comparison to other tools.
Sign up soon!



The book is a leadership fable by Patrick Lencioni.
It is about overcoming the five dysfunctionalities of a team according to the author, in order: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, inattention to results.
The book is divided into two parts, the first is more theoretical describing causes and countermeasures for each dysfunctionality, the second is the narrative part of the book, it goes over the same points but from the perspective of a leader who is trying to solve these problems.



Do you know how many people we have employed in 2021? …27!
And we plan to hire as many, if not more, in 2022.
We are a young and dynamic company, always looking for the best talent on the market. Would you like to be a part of our team?
Have a look at our open positions and send us your CV!


November 2021

What’s in store  |  November2021




The Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) migration is coming up, since next March 2022 will see the end of life for CDH and HDP.
Are you ready to face this challenge?

Migrating to CDP is not a standard process, the execution plan is heavily dependent on the procedure and the scenarios you’re interested in and it differs based on the infrastructure you want to migrate.
Such a key transition requests strong skills and knowledge.
If you’d like to learn more, visit our website. You will have the chance to:
test your team’s skills
make an assessment of your infrastructure
– attend a dedicated webinar




How to identify Data Products? Welcome “Data Products Flow”

A “must-read” article by Paolo Platter, CTO at Agile Lab, for those interested in data products and for organizations addressing their Data Mesh journey. 





After being named “Growth Champion 2022” by the German Institute of Quality and Finance (ITQF) and La Repubblica Affari & Finanza, this month Agile Lab has been awarded, for the second year in a row, “Growth Leader 2022” by Statista and Il Sole 24 Ore.




Join us, at our next free webinar, in partnership with Cloudera, to know “The right path for a successful Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) migration”.

During the event, Fabrizio Marini, Solutions Engineer at Cloudera, and Andrea Mallegni, Sales Engineer at Cloudera, will explore the opportunities and the breaking changes that have to be driven during the shift from HDP/CDH to the CDP and Lorenzo Pirazzini, Big Data Engineer at Agile Lab will go deep, focusing on how a company should structure its CDP migration to have a successful transition.
Don’t miss it!




Many enterprises are investing in a next-generation data lake, hoping to democratize data at scale to provide business insights and ultimately make automated intelligent decisions. In this practical book, author Zhamak Dehghani reveals that, despite the time, money, and effort poured into them, data warehouses and data lakes fail when applied at the scale and speed of today’s organizations. A distributed data mesh is a better choice.
This book shows you why and how.



Some interesting news from the world about Data!

The New Data Analytics: Riding on Data Lakes, Data Warehouses and Clouds – By Joe McKendrick

Should you migrate to Cloud?
The cloud has the potential to help organizations to stay ahead of the competition by providing data insights essential for seamless business operations. Unfortunately, some are still unsure of when to migrate to the cloud. If you’re one of them, in this article you’ll find the signs that your business needs a cloud migration.



September 2021

What’s in store  |  September21



The Data Innovation Summit 2021 is just around the corner! 
Next 14th & 15th October we will be in Stockholm for the 6th edition of the most influential event about Data, AI and Advanced Analytics in the Nordics area.

During the first day, we are going to have a talk about “Scania’s evolution towards Data Mesh“, held by Alberto Firpo, Agile Lab CEO & Co-Founder, in partnership with Tomas Dersjö, Senior Manager of Scania.






We are proud to introduce witboost: the new, revolutionary data and metadata management ecosystem.

This modular, scalable, efficient platform is born from our direct experience in data-intensive and data-critical fields.
The single modules are building blocks that can work as standalone solutions to address a specific need, or they can be combined to create the perfect Data Management solution for each company.






We are proud to share that we have recently achieved both ISO 27001 for our Information Security Management and ISO 27701 for the Privacy Information Management System.




Join us, at our next free webinar, in partnership with Dremio, to know how data management is evolving and why your Data Lake is going to be replaced.

With Amit Manor, Dremio Head of Channel EMEA, and Paolo Platter, Agile Lab CTO, we will talk about how Data Mesh is becoming the rising star of data architectures and why is going to overcome Data Lake limitations from many perspectives.
Don’t miss it! Today it’s your last chance to join.




How are Italian banks evolving to face the advent of the digital economy? What is their level of digital transformation? What technologies are they adopting?

These are some topics discussed by Barbara Pavan, Head of Data Preparation & Automated Testing, Retail Digital Transformation at Intesa Sanpaolo and our CEO Alberto Firpo in the article published by Bitmat Edizioni.




During the summer some of us read Domain-Driven Design by Eric Evans, a book that we have love because it improves your domain modeling skills and it is useful both for junior developers (that focuses on modelling classes and methods) to CTOs (modeling data mesh systems to run entire organizations).


July 2021


What’s in store – July 2021



An engaging chat between two great CTOs, Jon Cooke from Dataception and
our Paolo Platter, to discuss the journey to adopt the Data Mesh paradigm when a company comes from a Data Lake or a Data Warehouse landscape.




Cloudera 6.3 is supported until the end of March 2022 … are you ready to migrate on CDP?
Following you can find all the dates of the “Cloudera Support lifecycle ” and if you need further information and an experienced partner that can drive your migration, CONTACT US!



Tomorrow at 17:55 CET ( 8:55 PT ), Paolo Platter is going to be one of the speakers at Subsurface LIVE Summer 2021.
It’s online and it’s free. Don’t miss it!



After the interesting internal workshop “Designing Testable Software in Scala“, we have identified the best in-depth readings.
We propose you 2 titles that can become your “book under the sun”! 


Clean Code:
A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

by Robert C. Martin


Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software

by Eric Evans



After 8 years of work, Scala 3 is finally out!
Take a look at all the new cool features like the new type system improvements and metaprogramming.
Learn more!


Google announces Dataplex: a system that enables organizations to centrally manage, monitor and govern their data across different sources, with consistent controls.
Read how!


May 2021

What’s in store – March 2021
Real-Time Banking: our experience with Intesa Sanpaolo for the banking of the future.
In only 25 minutes, this Tech Talk highlights how technology has been the enabler of the bank’s digital transformation.
Gartner Peer Insights – Here we are!
Agile Lab’s Wasp platform has recently been included in Gartner Peer Insights’ Event Stream Processing Market and it’s already a 5-star platform!
Tech Talk #5  – Data Mesh in Practice
Our tech talks on Data Mesh continue, in the fifth episode, we talk with an expert about how companies can leverage Data Mesh for a radical organizational change.
For an expert audience or technology lovers: Flink.
Have you already read the latest article on Extending Flink functions?
Don’t miss out, READ IT NOW!
On June 3, at 11AM, don’t miss our live webinar:
Data Mesh Principles and Organisation Blueprint
How to implement and successfully manage Data Mesh in your organisation (it’s not just tech).

On May 13th, the team in Bari had its first meetup, in which we discussed the issue of Streaming events using Knative and AI in Ambient Assisted Living.
We are always looking for experts who want to share their ideas and experiences with us: if you want to actively participate in a meetup, contact us!
Welcome to Agile Lab
We are constantly growing, in the last three months, our team has welcome: Vincenzo, Pierangelo, Abdelkader, Domenico, Dario, Chiara, Vincenzo, Leandro, Denis, Andrei, Camilla and David.
If you’d like to know more about our new entries, follow our Instagram account and to become a member of our team, take a look at the OPEN POSITIONS on our website.
Innovation and real-time data: the success case with Intesa Sanpaolo Smart Care.
Executive agility, flexibility and speed are the key-concepts we look for in a firm like Agile Lab. We look for companies that can guarantee concrete project efficiency and a deep knowledge of the latest technologies, allowing us to leverage technology as our competitive advantage and to speed up our digital evolution – M. Cortese, CEO Intesa Sanpaolo Smart Care.
In the end, some interesting news for you!

Bintray, a popular artifact publishing and distribution platform in the Java community has been officially replaced by JFrog Platform: https://jfrog.com/blog/into-the-sunset-bintray-jcenter-gocenter-and-chartcenter/

Apache Software Foundation announced that 19 open-source projects including 13 in the Big Data space, will be abandoned. Sentry is dead, long live Ranger!

March 2021

What’s in store – March 2021
Data Mesh in action
The first Tech Talks are now available. We are deepening the Data Mesh theme from different points of view: business, technical, organizational… Take a look at the contents already available and stay tuned, the page is going to be constantly updated. Check out the page 
Financial Times FT1000
We have been recognized among the fastest-growing companies in Europe by the Financial Times and included in FT1000 list.
Jump into the list
Bright Ideas Gone Agile
We are proud to present our new website and especially our new logo.
It’s been 7 years since we started our adventure as a startup and now we are bigger and stronger, thanks to our team and to the customers who trusted us.
Visit the website
From SAP to Data Mesh – Webinar
Unleash, govern and orchestrate the potential of your streaming data with Data Mesh and Qlik Replicate.
With Guido Pezzin (Qlik QDI TSM Italy), Roberto Coluccio (Agile Lab Big Data Architect) and Robert Zenkert (Qlik Analytics Data Architect), we will discuss how a Change Data Capture strategy could be useful to replicate events from an existing SAP environment inside a data product, which is the basic quantum in a Data Mesh architecture.
Save the date: April, 20th 2021 at 11AM.

Click for more info and registration
Codemotion – Online Tech Conference – Italian Edition
The Data Lake is dead, long live the Data Mesh“, is the title of the speech that Paolo Platter, our CTO, had during the Italian edition of Codemotion.
With his talk, Paolo focused on the new era of Data Management and the cultural and organizational changes that Data Mesh is going to introduce.
The registration will be soon available.
We started our Book Club!
We are currently reading “Things you need to know about JVM (that matter in Scala)” by Mateusz Kubuszok and in the first meeting we discussed the first chapter “What is JVM“. During this session we gathered questions and feedbacks about the chapter: this lead to some very interesting discussions about Java byte code analysis, trampolines hooks and why the return keyword in Scala should never be used!