I've worked in data roles in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500. No matter the size, each company had to answer the same questions when it came to data architecture. Everyone wants to implement AI, machine learning, (insert another data buzzword here), etc. However, failing to set up the right data infrastructure beforehand can cause projects to derail or cease completely. Having the 5 characteristics below will ensure that you're able to tackle any data problem in the future.