Data to Value – Part 3

Data to Value helps prioritize data related investments This is the 3rd article in my 3 part series around Data to Value.  The key takeaway from this series is that we always need to understand the value of our data.  We also need to measure the speed of how fast we can go from data […]

Data to Value – Part 2

Data to Value

Data to Value Trends.  PART 2.  TRENDS #2-4.  (NEXT WEEK WE WILL RELEASE THE FINAL 3 trends we are highlighting) Welcome to our Snowflake Solutions Community readers who have read Part 1 of this Data to Value 3 part series.  For those of you who have not read part 1 and want to fast forward…. […]

Data to Value

Data to Value

Data to Value – Part 1.  I spend a ton of time reviewing and evaluating all the ideas, concepts, and tools around data, data, and data.  The “data concept” space has been exploding with an increase of many different concepts and ideas.  There are so many new data “this” and data “that” tools as well […]

Snowflake Data Clean Rooms

Data Clean Room Example

Snowflake Data Clean Rooms.  In this article I will explain what a Snowflake Data Clean Room really is on the Snowflake Data Cloud.  Once you have a good grasp of what it is then we will cover Data Clean Room example use cases.  We helped Snowflake pioneer this new offering a couple years ago with […]

Snowflake Optimization Resources

Snowflake Optimization Resources [UPDATED:  8/13/2022] If you are interested in how to OPTIMIZE SNOWFLAKE – We at Snowflake Solutions have attempted to create the most detailed list of Snowflake Optimization Resources here: Data Superhero Resources [mostly myself, Slim, Tomas, and some others] Frank’s Resource Optimization Articles: #1. Snowflake Data Cost Risks #2. Snowflake Create Warehouse […]

Cost Governance on Snowflake

Cost Governance on Snowflake

Cost Governance on Snowflake.  In this article I will break down what you can do for Cost Governance on Snowflake as of July 2022.  Snowflake is making decent strides in this area, even though I still think you need to use a full Snowflake Cost Optimization service like Snoptimizer™ or Nadalytics.  The reality is that […]

What is a Snowflake Data Superhero?

Snowflake Data Superheroes

What is a Snowflake Data Superhero?  Currently a Snowflake Data Superhero (abbreviated as DSH) is a Snowflake product expert who is actively involved in the Snowflake community and is helping others learn more about Snowflake through blogs, videos, podcasts, articles, books, etc. etc.  Finally, Snowflake states it chooses DSHs based on their positive influence on […]

Shortest Snowflake Summit 2022 Recap

Shortest Snowflake Summit 2022 Recap from a Snowflake Data Superhero If you missed the Snowflake SUMMIT or any part of Snowflake Summit Opening Keynote. Here are the most key feature announcements and recap[in “brief” but “useful” detail] KEY FEATURE ANNOUNCEMENTS — EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. [mostly in a chronological order of when they were announced. My top ~20. The […]

To Snowsight or Not to Snowsight – TAKE #2

Snowsight Preview App

To Snowsight or Not To Snowsight – TAKE #2 – May 2022: Back in October 2021, I published my original take on reasons why to move to Snowsight.  [Snowflake’s Preview “next gen” web front end interface for a long time!  Now Snowsight is GA but based on my LinkedIn Polls and other DSH chatter, Snowsight […]

Automated Modern Data Stack

The Automated Modern Data Stack.  We believe it was our partner Fivetran that used a TON of “marketing dollars” to come up with this entire “data concept” of the “Modern Data Stack”.  [If anyone feels differently, then comment or directly reach out to me].  Once this term / concept was taking off in the data […]

To Snowsight or Not to Snowsight

Snowsight Preview App

To Snowsight or Not To Snowsight: Back in June 2021, I was writing a chapter for our new Snowflake Essentials Book on the Snowflake Web User Interface.  I had been delaying writing that chapter, assuming that Snowsight would be released as the main Snowflake Web User Interface as part of Snow Summit 2021.  That didn’t […]

Snowflake’s Financial Services Data Summit Recap

Snowflake Financial Services Data Summit

Snowflake hosted an excellent virtual event this week focused on Snowflake’s Data Cloud solutions for Financial Services.  What we really enjoyed about this Industry Vertical Snowflake “Summit” was the combination of business and technology content.  When we launched our ITS solutions business long ago, our mission was Business/Technology Focused Solutions.  We believed heavily in bringing […]

What is the Snowflake Data Cloud?

What is the Snowflake Data Cloud is sort of a loaded question for long-time Snowflake Professionals like a large chunk of our Snowflake Solutions Community.  From a Snowflake Veteran user standpoint, [let’s assume that is anyone deeply working on Snowflake since the Fall 2019 or before] this is really a massive re-branding.   Many of us […]

What is Snoptimizer?

Hmmm.  What is Snoptimizer™? Snoptimizer™ is the first automated Cost, Performance, and Security Optimizer for Snowflake Accounts.  It is by far the easiest and fastest way to optimize your Snowflake Account quickly.  This unique service can optimize your Snowflake Account within minutes.  It is a no-brainer to test out.  Signup here for a fast and […]

Snowflake Data Cloud Cost Risks

Let me first state, I love using Snowflake, the technology itself.  I fell in love with it at the beginning of 2018 when I realized how easily I could execute all of our Big Data Consulting Practice Solutions we had been doing for 18+ years so much easier than we had before. In the past […]

Snowflake Cost Guardrails – Resource Monitors

The Snowflake Data Cloud brings incredible scale and power to any analytical data processing.  It is an amazing revolution to now be able to launch their T-shirt warehouse sizes from XS (1 virtual instance) to 6XL of raw 512 EC2 instances if you are running on AWS on 1 cluster.  While this is awesome compute […]

Snowflake Cost Optimization Best Practices

I have been working with Snowflake since the beginning of 2018 and it has been one of the most fun and scaleable data solutions I have worked with in my 27++ year data engineer, data architect, entrepreneur, and data thought leader career. With great power (almost unlimited scale – only limited by Snowflakes’ allocation of […]

Snowflake Create Warehouse Defaults

Snowflake Classic Console - Create Warehouse Default Settings

I have been working with the Snowflake Data Cloud since it was just an Analytical RDBMS.  Since the beginning of 2018, the Snowflake technology has been pretty fun to work with as a data professional and data entrepreneur.  It allows data professionals amazing flexible data processing power in the cloud.  The key to a successful […]

Snowflake Data Masking

Snowflake Data Masking

Last week, the United States CDC issued new COVID-19 mask policies.  I will leave that for many others to discuss, but for the COOL Data People reading this we will focus on how easy it is to implement Snowflake Data Cloud “Data Masking”.   Ready? – Let’s “Data Mask” it UP!     What is […]