THE SNOWFLAKE SUMMIT RECAP – 2019

THE SNOWFLAKE SUMMIT RECAP – 2019 The first snowflake summit finally happened on June 3rd to 6th and lived up to the expectation of many people who were interested in the summit. The four days summit had more than two thousand attendees, one hundred and twenty presentations across seven tracks, seven keynote presentations, more than […]

A New Era of Cloud Analytics

A NEW ERA OF CLOUD ANALYTICS WITH SNOWFLAKE AS THE HADOOP ERA ENDS Hadoop was regarded as a revolutionary technology that would change data management and completely replace data warehousing. Such a statement is partly accurate but not entirely true since it has not been the case ever since cloud solutions came into the picture. […]

Not On The High Street: Improving customer experience with Snowflake

Not On The High Street: Improving customer experience with Snowflake Companies like notonthehighstreet.com are taking their customers’ experience to the next level, with an online marketplace delivering unique products and services in a singularly convenient way. Without speedy data delivery though, as attested to by their Director of Data in this video, this marketplace just […]

Snowflake vs Netezza

Snowflake vs Netezza Fifteen years ago, IBM introduced an appliance-based, on-prem analytics solution known as Netezza. It was purpose built, load ready, and met a lot of the needs of the day (back when on-prem was still largely the preferred choice for data warehousing solutions). One could say IBM really hit the ball out of […]

ETL vs ELT: Data Warehouses Evolved

ETL vs ELT: Data Warehouses Evolved For years now, the process of migrating data into a data warehouse, whether it be an ongoing, repeated analytics pipeline, a one-time move into a new platform, or both, has consisted of a series of three steps, namely:

Snowflake vs Hadoop

Snowflake vs Hadoop Lots of people are aware of Hadoop for its advantages, like ease of data loading and scaling, but more and more are becoming increasingly aware of its limitations, like

Snowflake vs Redshift

Snowflake vs Redshift We have been building data systems for years and this is the most excited we’ve been in years with all new capabilities within the cloud with Redshift, Google Big Query, and Snowflake. Today we wanted to share with you some results based on our estimating a relatively small 2TB cloud data warehouse […]

Snowflake vs Teradata

Snowflake vs Teradata To anyone with even a passing level of familiarity of this space, Teradata is quite rightly known as a powerhouse in the data warehousing and analytics arena. it’s been the go-to technology for sectors ranging from various 3 letter intelligence agencies, to the most recognizable of medicine, science, auto, and telecom industry […]

Strava: Data Sharing with Snowflake

Strava: Data Sharing with Snowflake Data companies like Strava are really vertical pioneers, as they’ve created a veritable social network for athletes to upload, track, and compete with other athletes worldwide. As attested to by their data engineer in this video, without data, Strava wouldn’t exist, and the more people find they have access to […]

SpringServe: Data Sharing with Snowflake

SpringServe: Data Sharing with Snowflake If ever there was an industry to discover huge benefits from Snowflake’s Data Sharing technology, it’s Advertising! SpringServe delivers ads, in video format, with a reputation for providing immediate reporting on ad performance. They serve hundreds of thousands of ad requests per second, and as their collaborations and partnerships grew, […]

Localytics: Data Sharing with Snowflake

Localytics: Data Sharing with Snowflake Localytics provides market engagement analysis services to makers of apps far and wide. Being a data company, and given the prevalence of mobile apps today, plus with how many clients were making use of their SDK, the scale of their data requirements climbed into the Petabytes. The costs for this […]

Playfab: Data Sharing with Snowflake

Playfab: Data Sharing with Snowflake Here’s a great example of how Playfab, an online back-end service for game developers, leverages Snowflake’s Data Sharing functionality. Video games are increasingly delivered as part of an online service, and so game developers, now more than ever, are in need of one, secure space from which to host all […]

Semi-Structured Data Loading & Querying in Snowflake

Semi-Structured Data Loading & Querying in Snowflake Unstructured data has become a tremendously popular format today (be it JSON, Avro, Parquet, or XML) for a multitude of things such as IoT, mobile, and apps. Until now though, there’s been no fast and easy way to store and analyze this kind of data, but

Query Caching in Snowflake

Query Caching in Snowflake Have you ever experienced slow query response times while waiting for a report that’s being viewed by multiple users and/or teams within your organization simultaneously? This is a common issue in today’s data driven world; it’s called concurrency and it’s frustrating, usually delaying productivity just when the data being requested is […]

Querying Multiple Databases in Snowflake

Querying Multiple Databases in Snowflake If you’ve ever tried performing a query against multiple databases, and particularly with Microsoft SQL (although there’s no shortage of similar alternatives), than you likely already know just how painfully difficult this seemingly straightforward kind of query can be! With Snowflake, it couldn’t be easier. Whereas most competing database platforms […]

Snowflake Vertical: The Software Industry

How Snowflake has helped customers in the Software Industry In this new series of articles, we’re going to be approaching things from a vertical perspective. It helps to narrow things down by industry sometimes, especially since, as a business leader, time is always of the essence. Let’s start with a couple of case studies, beginning […]

Snowflake Vertical: The Service Industry

How Snowflake has helped customers in the Service Industry This, our second entry in for the series on approaching things from a vertical perspective, is an obviously gigantic industry to try and cover, so let’s just look at a couple very different use case histories, from two totally different service industry enterprises:

The Power of Instantaneous Data Sharing

The Power of Instantaneous Data Sharing – Updated How awesome would it be to be able to share data more quickly instead of exporting it to some format like Excel and then emailing it out? I’m always looking for new ways to make sharing data faster and more easy. When I think back the past […]