Several months ago I made the decision to join Stemma, and today, that decision means shutting down Tree Schema. I’d like to personally express my appreciation to everyone who supported Tree Schema: whether you were a customer, user, partner or just visiting to read the blog - thank you. Without you, Tree Schema would never have grown to be what it is today.
The decision to join Stemma was a difficult decision for me on a personal level but felt right for two reasons:
- The way Stemma views the world is highly aligned with my own perspective
- The opportunity to have a broader impact is greater at Stemma
I originally started Tree Schema to help companies understand their data with four founding principles. I believe that these principles transcend all attributes about a company that is looking to document its metadata - the number of employees, the data stack, etc. - and are applicable to every data catalog:
- The data catalog should fit into your existing ecosystem, not the other way around
- Understanding your data should be excessively easy
- Augment significantly with automation
- Users should not be forced to use the data catalog to derive value from it
As I considered how to build a product based on these principles that would make the largest impact, it became clear that Stemma and Tree Schema were principally aligned, with the difference residing in the opportunity. While I have a significant amount of personal attachment to Tree Schema, there are several key factors supporting Stemma’s opportunity to become the number one data catalog provider in the market:
- It is backed by Amundsen, the leading open source data catalog
- There is a larger, existing team in place, including many Amundsen maintainers and the founders of the original Amundsen project at Lyft
- Stemma is backed by leading investors
I love data and helping others become more effective with the data that they have. While I will miss the stories from you about how Tree Schema has supported your organization, I hope we can continue those engagements through Stemma. For many of you, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with, I will remain available to support you in your metadata journey within the Amundsen Slack channel.
Thank you again for all of your support for Tree Schema!