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Declarative Orchestration: Why You’ve Been Thinking About the Wrong DAG the Entire Time

Pete  Hunt Pete Hunt | CEO | Dagster Labs

In declarative, asset-oriented orchestration, the practitioner builds and schedules data pipelines using assets as the foundational abstraction, rather than tasks. 

In this talk, Pete will explain how this seemingly simple idea goes beyond improved developer ergonomics: it has profound consequences for the entire data platform. Your orchestrator doesn’t just execute pipelines, but is the system of record for your production data assets. Built-in data quality, lineage, and cataloging means you can consolidate tools with an integrated experience. And instead of the data mesh as a fuzzy theory, you can see it directly manifest in a product as a living asset graph, built on shared infrastructure.

Pete  Hunt
Pete  Hunt
CEO | Dagster Labs

Pete joined Dagster Labs as head of engineering in early 2022, and took over the reins as CEO in November of that year. Pete was previously co-founder and CEO of Smyte, an anti-abuse provider that was acquired by Twitter. Prior to his Pete led Instagram’s web team, built Instagram’s business analytics products, and helped to open source Facebook’s React.js.