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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!

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

How to manage GDPR compliance with Snowflake’s Time Travel and Disaster Recovery 

One year after implementation, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues to be a hot regulatory topic. As organizations work to bring their data practices into compliance with the new law, one question comes up repeatedly: How does Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, enable my organization to be GDPR compliant?

Check out my latest post to see my answer:

How to manage GDPR compliance with Snowflake’s Time Travel and Disaster Recovery | Snowflake Blog

Cheers!

Kent

The Data Warrior

The Elephant in the Data Lake and Snowflake

So is Hadoop finally dead? For many use cases, I think it really is. The cloud and the continued evolution of technology has created newer, better ways of working with data at scale. Check out what Jeff has to say about it!

Jeffrey Jacobs, Consulting Data Architect, Snowflake SnowPro Core Certified

Let’s talk about the elephant in the data lake, Hadoop, and the constant evolution of technology.

Hadoop, (symbolized by an elephant), was created to handle massive amounts of raw data that were beyond the capabilities of existing database technologies. At its core, Hadoop is simply a distributed file system. There are no restrictions on the types of data files that can be stored, but the primary file contents are structured and semi-structured text. “Data lake” and Hadoop have been largely synonymous, but, as we’ll discuss, it’s time to break that connection with Snowflake’s cloud data warehouse technology.

Hadoop’s infrastructure requires a great deal of system administration, even in cloud managed systems.   Administration tasks include: replication, adding nodes, creating directories and partitions, performance, workload management, data (re-)distribution, etc.  Core security tools are minimal, often requiring add-ons. Disaster recovery is another major headache.  Although Hadoop is considered a “shared nothing” architecture, all…

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