Create Metadata Driven Data Pipelines in Microsoft Fabric
Metadata-driven pipelines in Azure Data Factory and Synapse Pipelines, and now, Microsoft Fabric, give you the capability to ingest and transform data with less code, reduced maintenance and greater scalability than writing code or pipelines for every data source that needs to be ingested and transformed. The key lies in identifying the data loading and transformation pattern(s) for your data sources and destinations and then building the framework to support each pattern.
I recently posted 2 blogs about a Metadata driven pipeline solution I created in Fabric.
- Metadata driven pipelines
- Star schema design for Gold layer tables
- Source data loaded into Fabric Lakehouse with Copy Data
- Incremental loads and watermarking for large transaction tables and fact tables
- 2 patterns for Gold layer
- Fabric Lakehouse loaded with Copy Data activities and Spark notebooks
- Fabric Data Warehouse loaded with Copy Data activities and SQL Stored Procedures
Why two options for the Gold layer? If you want to use T-SQL Stored Procedures for transformations, or have existing Stored Procedures to migrate to Fabric, Fabric Data Warehouse may be your best option, since it supports multi-table transactions and INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE statements. Comfortable with Spark notebooks? Then consider Fabric Lakehouse, which has the added bonus of Direct Lake connection from Power BI.
Check out the posts below to learn about building Metadata Driven Pipelines in Microsoft Fabric!