What a great event! So many announcements and great demos, plus and awesome live Q&A with our Snowflake leaders.
At Snowday 2021, Snowflake announced exciting new product capabilities that expand what is possible in the Data Cloud. In addition to announcing Python support in Snowpark (currently in private preview), these latest innovations make it easier for organizations to maintain business continuity across clouds and regions; help data engineers and data scientists build pipelines, ML workflows, and data applications faster; and remove the complexity of getting the right data into the hands of customers.
The Snowflake Data Cloud is a global network connecting organizations through data, creating new opportunities for collaboration to improve business outcomes, and fundamentally changing what is possible across industries. For Kraft Heinz, its data science teams are able to build and test models dramatically faster in Snowflake compared with its prior data lake. For NBCUniversal, it’s building brand-new advertising targeting and measurement products, in a secure and privacy-compliant way using Snowflake’s governance and data sharing capabilities. And for 84.51°, it’s built a Collaborative Cloud that takes complexity off the table and unlocks new possibilities for grocers and CPGs sharing and collaborating on data.
Snowflake continues to expand the scope and possibilities of the Data Cloud, delivering unique innovations that enable customers to:
Since you are on this blog, I assume that means you are “following” me in that techie, non-stalker sort of way. 😉
That being the case you are aware of my tenure for the last 5+ years at the hottest data-focused software company in the world – Snowflake. And you know I have produced a lot of content (really – A LOT!). Everything from blogs to ebooks to videos to podcasts – in addition to my usual array of industry and Snowflake sponsored webinars and talks.
But if, like me, you have consumed so much content in the last year or so, you have probably lost track of some of it, right?
Well if you are trying to find something you saw me do (or tweet about doing) but just can’t remember what it was (or when or where) and you want to find it but don’t want to sift through the hundreds of Google search results or the thousands of social media posts I have done, look no further!
I decided to make it easier for you (and me frankly) by putting a pretty comprehensive list together on a permanent page here on my site.
I broke it up into videos/Podcasts, Thought Leader articles, ebooks, and blogs and have included links to all of these so you can quickly get to the content you need when you need it.
So check it out and bookmark the page now, before you forget or lose track of this post too. 🙂
This will be an EPIC event that you will not want to miss.
Join me and the rest of the Snowflake team at Data Cloud Summit 2020! This year we are going virtual with eight business and technology summit tracks, filled with never-before-seen demos, customer presentations, fun interviews, fireside executive chats and, of course, technical deep dive sessions.
This is a totally FREE event that will deliver:
All focused on using the Snowflake Data Cloud to #MobilizeYourData!
Mark this date on your calendar – November 17, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM PT.
And if you miss any part of the event, sessions will be available for replay immediately after.
I have been an active part of many communities over my 30+ year career. I started out attending The Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group meetings in the late 80’s (yes we had meetups way back then).
Over the years I went from an attendee asking lots of naive, newbie questions to presenting at events, then helping organize events, and then onto the board of directors and eventually becoming president of the group. And I did this with the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) as well.
To say I benefited from participating in those, and other, database and data communities, is an understatement.
I benefited not only in my career but also personally.
From a career perspective, I learned a massive amount that I could use in my job. Some very practical tips and tricks to build better systems for my employers and clients. The time spent at user group meetups and conferences more than paid for itself in the value returned. It allowed me to grow in my career to higher level jobs, and better pay.
I also built a HUGE network of contacts that were experts in their field. I was often able to email (or even now tweet) them questions and get immediate answers to solve problems I could not solve on my own, saving my time and therefore money.
Some of those experts were/are my mentors.
Some of those experts helped me find my next gig.
Some of those experts have now followed me to Snowflake and are helping our customers on a daily basis.
I can confidently say that my active participation in these communities led to my role as Chief Technical Evangelist at Snowflake. #LoveMyJob
I made friends all over the world! Not only did I gain a network of like minded professionals who worked in the same field as I did, many of them became friends. There are a fairly large number of folks that I have been friends with now for several decades (some of you no doubt reading this now!).
That has meant that as I have been traveling the world in my role here at Snowflake (and even before as an independent consultant), I find friendly faces in nearly every city, state, or country I visit. When you are traveling a lot for work, and away from your family, it is nice to be able to grab coffee, lunch, or dinner with someone who has known you for years just to chat about life. In our ever more digitally connected world, face to face is still the best. 🙂
That is the power of a good community!
At Snowflake, we call our community advocates and leaders, Data Heroes.
Data Heroes are recognized as Snowflake experts. They get the opportunity to meet with Snowflake product and engineering teams, receive early invitations to Snowflake events, and are welcomed to speak about their experiences with Snowflake at user group meetups, conferences, and other online events. As a Data Hero, you’ll help and educate other users by sharing knowledge, tips, and best practices–online and in real life.
You even get your own custom, Data Hero trading card and other cool Snowflake swag!
You can become one of the leaders in the new world of The Data Cloud. You might even become a SuperHero! See how to get started today.
Join us for Group By Data Heroes
This coming week on July 15, 2020, we will have our very first Data Heroes learning event that we call Group By. It is a FREE event hosted by myself and our community team with sessions from our expert Data Heroes and Super Data Heroes.
With an opening session from the Co-Founder of Snowflake, Benoit Dageville, the original #DataHero!
This will be a LIVE, interactive event that you will not want to miss so sign up today to reserve your spot and join the Snowflake Community.
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