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Defining and exploring the Independent Data Layer [Nexus Pro]

Our May deep dive on the hottest new category in the Landscape

Hey friends,

As a follow-up to recent newsletters Where are the API-first companies? (last week) and The API-first Data Layer (today), this members-only deep dive unpacks this concept further by defining the independent data layer, unpacking the nuances and unanswered questions, and updating the Nexus Vendor Landscape with this new category. If you haven’t read those two essays first, please do.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


“Middleware”…

“Data lake”…

“Data aggregation layer”…

“Data infrastructure layer”…

“Data transformation layer”…

“Infrastructure as a Service”…

We love to make up new terms and acronyms in our industry and the new wave of data layer terms are no different. I’m not sure where the term “Independent Data Layer” (IDL) came from, but it’s my preference, folks, and I’m sticking with it.

So what is it?

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