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How Snowflake’s Founders Architected the Rise of the #DataCloud

On the heels of a very successful #DataCloud Summit, I am pleased to let you all know that Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman is publishing a book that really illuminates the Data Cloud and how we got here.

According to Gartner, the public cloud services market continues to grow, largely due to the data demands of modern applications and workloads. And data is one of the leading factors in this transition. In recent years, organizations have struggled with processing big data, sets of data large enough to overwhelm commercially available computing systems.

For a long time, the only real solution was data warehousing services. These services relied on specialized computer hardware to increase the scale of data processing. But these systems had major drawbacks in terms of their extremely high cost and performance constraints. Increasing scale this way wasn’t feasible for many or even most companies. With demand continuing to explode, the world desperately needed a more democratic solution for big data delivery.

A new book, The Rise of the Data Cloud, looks at how that problem can be solved over a few short years. As the founders of Snowflake came together to design a better big data solution, they built an entirely new class of cloud computing in the process.

Get all the details here –  The Rise of the Data Cloud

Enjoy

Kent G

The Data Warrior

P.S. If for some reason you missed the Snowflake Data Cloud Summit, you can still view on the content by signing into the Summit site here.

Snowflake Data Cloud Summit 2020

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:

  • 8 tracks
  • 40+ Sessions
  • 25+ partners

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.

Register now:  Snowflake Data Cloud Summit 2020

And if you CAN’T Make the North American event, we have additional dedicated events for all my global friends too:

The EMEA event will be on November 18th. Register here: Data Cloud Summit – EMEA

For my friends down under in APAC, the event will be November 19: Data Cloud Summit – APAC

And for all the folks in JAPAN, we have an event just for you on November 25th: Data Cloud Summit – Japan

So no reason to miss this great event.

Check out the agenda today and plan you viewing!

See you online.

Kent G

The Data Warrior and Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake

How to Become a Snowflake Data Superhero

Many of you have been asking how to get in on all the fun (and swag) in our Data SuperHero program. Well, here is the 411!

This blog post describes what it means to be a Snowflake Data Superhero, how you can become one, and why you should consider reaching for Superhero status.

WHAT IS A DATA SUPERHERO?

Data Superheroes are expert users who go above and beyond in supporting other Snowflake Community members. They regularly educate other users by sharing knowledge, tips, and best practices both online and at live and virtual conferences. Data Superheroes have access to Snowflake product and engineering teams, can receive early invitations to Snowflake events, and are regularly asked to share their Snowflake experiences with other data experts. Get to know some of our top Snowflake Data Superheroes by watching our virtual Snowflake Community event, GROUP BY: Data Heroes, on YouTube!

Read the rest of the post: HOW TO BECOME A DATA SUPERHERO – Snowflake Blog

Upward!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Data Heroes Assemble!

Snowflake Data Heroes

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.

Career

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

Personal

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!

Data Heroes

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.

See you there!

Kent

The Data Warrior

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

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