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Data Vault 2.0 Online Training – Early Adopter

Finally! People have been asking for this literally for years – to be able to get authentic Data Vault 2.0 (CDVP2) training in an online format.

Please remember there are no refunds and to get the best deal on the Early Adopter offer ($300 off), you must purchase by Friday March 24th, 2017. After that, the price goes up to $997.

So if you have been waiting to get Data Vault 2.o training straight from the inventor, Dan “Data Vault” Linstedt – this is your chance! Get it here.

Happy Vaulting!

Kent

The Data Warrior

NB: I have seen the videos and can say the content is the quality and caliber I expect from Dan and Sanjay, but you should also know that by buying via the links in this post, I will get a cut. Thank you.

P.S. Don’t forget about the upcoming World Wide Data Vault Consortium in Stowe this May. Sign up here.

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Drill to Detail Podcast: Data Modeling, Data Vault, and Snowflake!

My good friend Mark Rittman has embarked on a new adventure as an independent analyst and consultant. As part of his new venture Mark started a new podcast series on iTunes that he calls Drill to Detail where he will feature interviews discussing a range of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, and big data.

I was honored to be asked to take part in this new venture and got to spend a hour with Mark a few weeks back recording what is now Episode 5 of the series. In this interview we talk about:

The podcast is about 60 minutes with each topic being about 20 minutes (so feel free to skip ahead if you are short on time). Please have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Cheers!

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. I will be speaking on these and related topics at a bunch of events over the next few weeks. Check out my speaking schedule and join me in person if you can!

It WAS the #Best #DataVault Event Ever!

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few days in lovely Stowe, Vermont at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa attending the 3rd Annual World Wide Data Vault Consortium (#WWDVC). Not only was the location picturesque, the weather was near perfect, the beer was tasty, and the learning and networking were outstanding.

We had 75 attendees coming from all over the world – Germany, Switzerland, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, USA, Finland, and India. Quite a turnout!

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Day 1- Data Vault Brainstorming

This year I arrived early enough to participate in what is arguably the best part of the event – a full day, open forum discussion with certified Data Vault modelers and practitioners, lead by the inventor of Data Vault, Dan Linstedt.

The brain power in the room was stunning. There were about 30 people in all and we all got to introduce ourselves and talk a bit about what we had been doing with Data Vault. It was great to hear the many and varied ways in which Data Vault is being used across multiple industries (including a US intelligence agency – but that is a secret). Everything from traditional data warehousing and BI, to realtime streaming IoT data, to virtual Data Vaults and virtualized information marts, to using Data Vault to help with Master Data Management (MDM). It was eye opening and exciting to hear all these applications and opportunities.

If you are not yet certified, get certified! Then you can attend this session at WWDVC 2017 (spoiler – at Stoweflake again!). And you are in luck as Dan just announced three classes later this year in St Albans, Vermont. Plus there are multiple classes coming up in Europe as well.

Day 2- Hands on Workshops

Another unprecedented day at WWDVC.  The three platinum sponsors, AnalytixDS, Talend, and Varigence, all ran 3-hour hands on workshops. These were a fantastic opportunity to see how these vendors have really stepped up to the plate to support quickly building Data Vault solutions with their tools.

These were great sessions, led but highly qualified folks. They showcased some great solutions and answered a lot of questions.

All three sessions were standing room only – with over 35 attendees. (We had to drag in chairs from other rooms!)

Be sure to make time to attend these next year as I am sure they will be on the agenda again.

Day 3 – The Main Event Begins

Yes, all the way to Day 3 before the official kickoff with keynote and speakers.

Dan of course got us started with welcome, thanks to all the sponsors, and housekeeping. Nicely this event only has one room and one track so no one has to pick between sessions!

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Keynote

The keynote this year was Swimming in the Data Lake by none other than the Father of Data Warehousing, Bill Inmon. I greatly enjoyed his somewhat irreverent look at our industry and his discussion on Big Data and the Data Lake concepts. It was quite a humorous talk (“I don’t mean to offend anybody, but….”). I would say it is one of the best talks I have ever heard Bill give over my 20+ years of knowing him (so I have heard a few).

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And being a prolific author, Bill of course has a new book out on Data Lakes (available now on Amazon here).

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Being good geeks, several of us did manage to get our picture taken with Mr. Inmon as “social evidence” that we know him (well, I actually did co-author a book with him back in the day).

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Lots of Talks

Yes it was a full day with tons of stuff to fill our heads with ideas: new, useful and occasionally controversial. (stay tuned for videos on all these!)

Dan’s business partner, Sanjay Pande, came all the way from India to talk about Data Vault 2.0 on Hadoop. Roelant Vos came again from Australia to give us a business based view of a data vault project at his company (Allianz) about Customer Centric Analytics. Mary Mink and Sam Bendayan of Ultimate Software came for the 2nd year to talk about how their SaaS company is using Data Vault to provide customer value. This time they talked about their efforts to move to virtual information marts (very cool).

I did my presentation on Building a Virtualized ODS. This was a real life example from my consulting last year on doing an agile data warehouse project based on Data Vault architectural principles. It was a fun talk with lots of interaction. I love challenging the norm, then proving it works!

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Of course I did have to do a little intro promo about my employer, Snowflake Computing. I am happy to say there was quite a bit of interest in our cloud-native, elastic data warehouse offering.

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After my talk I did a drawing for a GoPro camera (courtesy of Snowflake). I am happy to say it went Russell Searle from Australia! This man loves Data Vault so much he has paid his own way to Vermont twice now to attend WWDVC. Now that is dedication!

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Days 4 & 5

Sadly I had other commitments back in Texas and could not stay for these days (but did follow along a bit on twitter). If you want to see everything that happened, search Twitter for #WWDVC.

One fun thing on Day 4 was a few people got to go up in a tethered hot air balloon. Hopefully I can try that next year.

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Other Fun Stuff

Of course not everything happens in the sessions. Lots of good networking and information exchange happens informally at these events. I did several impromptu demonstrations of Snowflake. The German and Australian contingents were quite interested and can’t wait until Snowflake is available in their regions.

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Thanks to my friends Paul and Raphael at WhereScape for loaning me their big monitor!

I introduced a very international crowd to the best northern-style, southern BBQ at the Sunset Grille. We had good Data Vault, and non-DV, conversations along with finger licking ribs, brisket, and pulled pork (and beer of course).

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Take Aways

Every year, as he closes out the event, Dan tries to summarize key learnings for everyone to take home. Here they are for WWDVC 2016:

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Well that is it for this time around. With such a great event it is impossible to adequately cover everything but I hope this is enough to get you to put WWDVC 2017 on your event calendar. Ask for the time off now!

Safe travels to all the attendees. See you again soon.

Kent

The Data Warrior

Best #DataVault Event Ever!

Hard to believe it is less than 25 days to WWDVC 20016. I’m going. Are you?

If not, why not?

The 3rd Annual World Wide Data Vault Consortium is going to be epic!

What is the WWDVC?

It’s the only conference that focuses on everything happening in the Data Vault world, and this time, the keynote speaker is the father of Data Warehousing himself Bill Inmon. He created the industry in which we earn our daily bread.

The sessions start prior to the conference with a closed room meeting of Data Vault certified brainstorming. I will be there for sure to talk about Data Vault in the Cloud and of course experiences in virtualizing layers of the data vault architecture. I can hardly wait to discuss what I have learned this year with the other data vault brainiacs.

This is followed by a day of hands on workshops:

  • How to build a DV, a Data Mart, and End User Analytics from Scratch in 3 hours

  • Extend the power of the Data Vault to a real-time use case using a Spark based Lambda architecture

  • Generate code using the award winning Mapping Manager tool

And, these are all before the conference even starts.

There’s a lot more during the conference including the famous networking sessions which this event is known for. If you’ve already booked your seat, see you there. If not, what are you waiting for?

For something so valuable, you would expect a hefty price tag like the vendors do it.

Nope, it’s dirt cheap.

Check it out for yourself here:

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It’s a conference for Data Warehouse people with a Data Vault focus. Folks like you. It does have many things for the business person as well such as selling the Data Vault concept to the business owner (Peter Aiken), case studies including implementation of an Near Real Time DV 2.0 in the cloud, and a customer centric analytics case study, and more.

Give Your Brain a Treat

Some of the smartest people in Data Warehousing I know, have been in attendance in the past. This is a once a year chance to meet them in person, increase your network, and have a great time

This time it appears to have been kicked up a notch with the likes of John Giles (Universal Data Vault), Peter Aiken (In one instance their DV 2.0 helped save a client a whopping $25M/year), Bill Inmon (The father of the DW), Dale Anderson (Used the DV to build one of the world’s first DaaS).

There are also the repeat attendees like Mary Mink and Sam Bendayan (Used DV 2.0 to implement an NRT DW sourced from a NoSQL platform serving 3000+ customers), Michael Olschimke (Co-author of the new DV 2.0 book), Roelant Vos (Not only did he build his own automation, he likes to experiment … with architecture).

And … vendors of automation tools. Several of the world’s leading Data Warehouse Automation tools will not only be there, they are sponsoring (and buying dinner and drinks!).

And as if that is not enough, you will get to rub elbows with Dan Linstedt, the inventor of Data Vault, Sanjay (co-founder of LearnDataVault.com), and of course me, Kent, The Data Warrior.

So what are you waiting for? Go buy your ticket to the conference, book your room, and figure out how you will get there (hitch hike if you have to).

See you in Vermont!

Kent

The Data Warrior

P.S. Don’t forget Saturday at WWDVC is crazy shirt day.

P.P.S. The company I work for, Snowflake Computing, is a sponsor and is giving me a GoPro! to raffle off, so, don’t miss my talk on Thursday if you want in on the raffle.

 

 

A Snow Storm of Snowflake Webinars

Good Monday Morning!

Been itching to learn more about the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse? Well, now is your chance.

Over the next two weeks we have a bunch of great webinars coming up so I figured I should just give you a an easy list to review with links to sign up. Here it is:

WEBINAR #1

Wednesday, 04/27/2016 10am PT 

CapSpecialty: Leveraging data to deliver faster business results linked to Key Performance Indicators 

Abstract:

CapSpecialty is upping its game to become the preferred provider of specialty insurance products using MicroStrategy Analytics and Snowflake Cloud Data Warehousing.

Featured partner: MicroStrategy

Hosted by: MicroStrategy

Featured Customer: CapSpecialty

Register here! 

WEBINAR #2

Wednesday, 04/27/2016 11am PT

4 Big Data Strategies You Can’t Go Without 

Abstract:

You’ve got questions about big data, our panel has answers.

When it comes to customer relationships, big data can usher in big opportunities or big problems. That’s why it’s vital for organizations to take a strategic approach to big data. 

They must clean their data, integrate it, maximize data value, comply with security and governance requirements, and make sure the right people have the right access to the data at the right times.

Media partner: CRM Magazine

Hosted by: CRM Magazine 

Featured partner: Informatica + Looker

Featured use case: Pitney Bowes

Featured presenter: Kent Graziano, The Data Warrior

Register here! 

WEBINAR #3

Thursday, 04/28/2016 10am PT

Using the Cloud For Speed-of-Thought Analytics on All Your Data

1.5 TB of data per day? No problem! Learn how Ask.com turned to Snowflake’s cloud-native data warehouse combined with Tableau’s data visualization solution to address their challenges.

Featured partner: Tableau

Hosted by: Snowflake

Featured Customer: Ask.com

Featured presenter: Jon Bock, VP Product and Marketing, Snowflake

Register here!

WEBINAR #4

Thursday, 05/05/2016  10am PT 

The Right Choice: Why Spark + a Cloud Data Warehouse = Success 

The first rule of data analytics for fast-growing companies? Measure all things. When putting in place a robust data analytics strategy to go from measurement to insight, you’ve got lots of options for tools — from databases and data warehouse options to new “big data” tools such as Hadoop, Spark, and their related components. But tools are nothing if you don’t know how to put them to use. 

Media partner: VentureBeat

Hosted by: VentureBeat

Featured Customer: Celtra

Featured presenter: Jon Bock, VP Product and Marketing, Snowflake

Register here!

The Data Warrior Live in Chicago!

Later this week on Thursday April 28th, I will be speaking about Data Vault and Agile Data Engineering at a special Snowflake half-day workshop in downtown Chicago. You can sign up for that here.

So, no excuse for not learning more about Snowflake in the coming weeks. Sogn up for one or more of these events today.

Have a good week!

Kent

The Data Warrior

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