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New Podcast – Rise of the #DataCloud

A PODCAST FOR DATA AND BUSINESS LEADERS

In case you missed the announcement at the end of last week’s inaugural #DataCloud event, this week, Snowflake launced a new podcast called Rise of the Data Cloud.

Rise of the Data Cloud is an original podcast hosted by award-winning author and journalist, Steve Hamm.  In each episode, Steve will speak with a data leader to learn how they leverage the cloud to manage, share, and analyze data to drive business growth, fuel innovation and disrupt their industries.

In the first episode, Steve sits down with our very own Frank Slootman, CEO and Chairman of Snowflake. Frank speaks about some of the powerful new capabilities enabled by our cloud data platform, including the ability to share data with an ease and convenience that was not possible before.

This is really amazing stuff. Unlike anything I have seen in my 30+ year career in data. #LoveMyJob

You can subscribe and listen to the podcast here: Rise of the Data Cloud Podcast

Happy listening!

Kent

#TheDataWarrior and Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake

Say Hello to The Data Cloud!

Instead of having our annual in-person user event, Snowflake Summit, this year we are having a very exciting virtual event on June 2nd – #SayHellotoTheDataCloud. Join us live at 9 AM PDT, 11 AM CDT, 12PN EDT, 5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST for another Snowflake first!

You can be the first to hear from Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, Snowflake co-founder Benoit Dageville, and Christian Kleinerman, Snowflake’s Senior VP of Product. They’ll detail how you can leverage the #DataCloud for all your data to acquire the deepest insights possible. You’ll also learn how Snowflake customers, data providers, and data service providers use Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform to seamlessly connect and collaborate with data.

What is #TheDataCloud?

#TheDataCloud is the next evolution for democratizing and governing access to data! It provides a central location for any organization to store all of its data inexpensively and as a single source of truth. It not only unites an organization’s data but it connects any two or more organizations that store their data in the Data Cloud. Enabling the Data Cloud is the Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform. This is the engine that drives the Data Cloud. With it, organizations can easily load their data onto the Data Cloud, and then securely integrate, analyze, share, and monetize their data.

Join Frank, Benoit, Christian, and other Snowflake leaders to:

  • Learn how Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform enables #TheDataCloud and how you can seamlessly store, unify, and analyze all your data.
  • Join the thousands of organizations that comprise #TheDataCloud to securely share and monetize your data globally, and acquire shared data and data services.
  • Hear how the latest innovations with Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform improve performance, governance, and analyst productivity.
  • Discover how to build fast and extensible pipelines for #DataScience, #DataWarehousing, #DataEngineering, and #DataApplications from a single platform.

Stay tuned because right after the presentations, you be part of the live Q&A session with Benoit and Christian. Ask how your organization will benefit from #TheDataCloud, and from the latest features available from Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform.

Reserve your spot today – sign up here and block your calendar!

#SayHelloToTheDataCloud

#LetItSnow

Kent

#TheDataWarrior and Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake

P.S. While your at it, save the date for Snowflake Summit 2021 in Las Vegas!

Tips for Optimizing the #DataVault Architecture on Snowflake (Part 3) 

For this last post in my current Data Vault (DV) series, I will discuss two more cool features of Snowflake Cloud Data Platform (@Snowflakedb) that you can take advantage of when building a DV on our platform. If you are not familiar with the DV method, please read my introductory blog post and part 1 of this series before reading this post.

Get the details here: Tips for Optimizing the Data Vault Architecture on Snowflake (Part 3)

Happy Data Vaulting!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Combine COVID and POS Data to Ensure In-Stocks with #Snowflake and #Alteryx

Reposting this blog as it is an example of how data related to #COVID19 is being used outside of the obvious #healthcare use cases. In this case, something near and dear to us all – grocery store inventories!

We all know this is a truly unprecedented time in the world, and although sometimes we feel like we’ve been through something similar before, the reality is that we haven’t. Sure – we’ve been through natural disasters. We’ve watched smaller outbreaks from afar. We’ve all made a stock-up trip to the grocery store “just in case” our power went out, or “just in case” we were stuck in our house during a cold-stretch for a couple days, but none of those compare to what we’re seeing in our world right now. COVID-19 has drastically changed the way that the world works – both for now and for the future – and although we’ve never experienced anything like this before, we’ve also never been equipped to respond like we are today.

Get the full story here: Combine COVID & POS Data to Ensure In-Stocks with Snowflake & Alteryx

Stay safe out there!

Kent

The Data Warrior and Chief Technical Evangelist at Snowflake

Relax – Try Chi Gung (Qigong)

The new normal – we are all pretty much in some sort of lock down due to COVID-19. Some are quarantined, some in with mandatory shelter-in-place orders, some trapped in a foreign country unable to get back home, and many, many people are now working from home and practicing social distancing.

This is a very stressful time for us all.

In the meantime, it is VERY important that we maintain our physical, emotional and spiritual health. A strong constitution helps us combat illness. A strong mind helps us keep a positive outlook.

Several decades ago, as part of my journey in the marital arts, I was introduced to the practice of Tai Chi and Chi Gung. As it worked out there was a class at noon a few times a week in the fitness center at my place of work. I found it to be not only a compliment to my Tae Kwon Do practice (which I taught nightly at the time), but also found it to be a great way to reduce and relieve stress in the middle of the work day. This let me return to me cube refreshed and ready to work the afternoon.

So with that in mind, I though it might be helpful for many of you to add this to your routine to insure you get a little exercise and relaxation every day.

What is Chi Gung?

For those that do not know, Chi Gung (or Qigong) is an ancient Chinese practice designed to calm and focus the mind, strengthen the body, and increase your overall energy level (Chi). It is practiced by thousands every day in China and all over the world for its health benefits. Often referred to as moving meditation, Chi Gung breathing exercises have been shown to have innumerable health benefits as the gentle motions aid in the flow of Chi energy throughout your system.

My Chi Gung Video

In the 20-minute video below, I will guide you through several easy to learn routines that anyone can learn. The movements are similar to what many have seen in Tai Chi, but unlike Tai Chi, the movements are for improving your health and have no martial arts or self-defense intentions.

In the video (recorded in 2012 in San Antonio, Texas at the JW Marriott) you will see me give detailed instructions and explanations of several Chi Gung “still stance” breathing meditations. I lead the group in doing Upward-Downward, Inward-Outward, Raised Hands Stance, Tai Chi Ball, Four Forms, and the Warrior Energy Form. Each of these moving meditative sets can be done individually or in the series as demonstrated, depending on your available time and fitness level. Do what you can to mirror my movements, but don’t push it too much.

It may take a few days to get comfortable with all the movements. Take your time and remember to relax. Be warned, you may find your quads a little sore for the first few days if you bend your knees as much as I do! 🙂

So take a break, go outside, maybe your backyard, a park, or even the beach, and try some Chi Gung. Teach it to your kids and do this as a family!

I hope you find this practice helpful for getting through these challenging times.

Stay healthy my friends.

Kent

The Data Warrior and Chief Technical Evangelist at Snowflake

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