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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

Data Warrior #HappyDance! Guess who joined @Snowflakedb

Monday, April 16th, 2018 is going to be a BIG day.

As part of my personal campaign to #UniteTheDataNation, I am beyond happy to announce that two of my good friends from the Oracle community are joining my team at Snowflake Computing.

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Drumroll please!

It is my honor and pleasure to announce that Laura K Ramsey and Danny Bryant have joined my team!

Laura will serve as the Director of Technical Education, Training, and Content.

Danny is joining as a Senior Solution Architect (and sometime Technical Trainer).

Please join me in congratulating them on launching their careers further into the #cloud.

Be sure to follow Danny on twitter and at his blog DBA on Tap. And check out all of Laura’s tweets too!

And keep your eyes on my handle, and theirs, to see what happens at Snowflake HQ this week.

Let it snow!

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Kent

The Data Warrior

Join the Cloud Analytics Academy

Maybe not a cool as Star Fleet Academy, but this is pretty cool.

Snowflake and a number of our partners have come together to create the first, self-paced, vendor agnostic, online training academy for analytics in the cloud. This academy will get you up to speed on what is happening today in the cloud with respect to data warehousing and analytics so that you can be a leader in your organization.

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Reach for the summit above the clouds!

And the best part – it is FREE!

The Cloud Analytics Academy is a training and certification program for data professionals who want to advance their skills for the technology and business demands of today’s data analytics. It’s a collective industry effort from executives at Snowflake Computing, AWS, Looker, Talend and WhereScape.

We decided to launch this academy in part to address the data and analytics skills gap, which Gartner says is “threatening to overwhelm the credibility of data use” in business. At the same time, Gartner also recently projected that the worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) market to grow more than 63 percent to by 2020.

The Academy is designed for data professionals of all technical and business levels and backgrounds. You can complete any or all of the following Academy tracks:

  • Executive Fast Track Learn the key technologies and techniques to foster an effective cloud analytics team.
  • Cloud Foundation Track Become proficient with the fundamental building blocks of cloud analytics.
  • Modern Data Analytics Track Learn advanced technical concepts to propel your cloud analytics.

There will be quiz questions at the end of each session to test your retention. By completing the sessions and the quizzes in a track you will get a related academy badge. Anyone who completes all three tracks will be certified as a Cloud Analytics Academy Master.

The Academy launches on November 14th with a live keynote from Tom Davenport. You can get all the details and sign up here. (Don’t worry if you miss it as it will be recorded and available the rest of the year).

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and take your career to the next level – above the clouds!

To infinity and beyond!

Kent

The Data Warrior

 

 

Get Certified! #DataVault 2.0 Certification in the US

Quick update – if you have been waiting to get your Data Vault 2.0 certification there are three sessions coming in the new few months right in the USA.  If you already know you want to do that, just skip down to the links and sign up!

Why Data Vault?

The Data Vault 2.0 architecture gives you an entire systems based approach to developing a true enterprise data warehouse and analytics architecture. It is very structured, pattern based, and highly repeatable. In Data Vault, each component does it’s duty, and does it well. The engineering components are generally relegated to automation tools (because it is pattern based), so human effort is not wasted in the mundane and can be used in more interesting, intelligent and thinking tasks. It’s a much better use of intelligent beings as well as machines.

Separating the concerns makes design and development not just easy, but fast.

As a side effect projects using Data Vault 2.0 have always saved a lot of money and have been extremely successful with their predictable goals. Plus they are very resilient so they tend to stay in use for years to come with little or no re-engineering! One of my systems has been running for 14 years now – and was even successfully re-platformed in that time.

How do you get in on this innovative approach?

If you want to learn more (and why wouldn’t you?), there are many upcoming opportunities across the world to get more information about Data Vault 2.0 (just check Twitter or LinkedIn – look for #DataVault). If you understand it, and you want to use it to leverage your own successes, you can even get certified (That comes with a responsibility though).

Here’s a list of upcoming opportunities to get DV 2.0 certified in the US:

1. Sep 19-21, Chicago, IL – http://www.performanceg2.com/agile-bi-datavault-training/

2. Oct 2-4, New York City, NY – http://www.scalefree.com/2017/03/30/data-vault-2-0-boot-camp-and-certification-new-york-oct-2017/

3. Nov 27-29, Santa Clara, CA – http://www.scalefree.com/2017/03/29/data-vault-2-0-boot-camp-and-certification-santaclara-nov-2017/

Ready to challenge the status quo and become a data champion at your organization? Then sign up for one of these classes today!

Model on!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Snowflake at Stoweflake

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Every year the World Wide Data Vault Consortium (WWDVC) gets better and better! This year’s event was the 4th Annual and was again held at the lovely Stoweflake Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

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And once again this year, my employer, Snowflake Computing, was a proud sponsor of the event. This year I even got to help with a hands on workshop with our ELT partner Talend as we walked folks through building a Data Vault in Snowflake using Talend!

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100 attendees got their minds filled and horizons broadened by an amazing slate of presentations given by great speakers from all over the world. Not only did we hear some real-life case studies from companies like Micron and Intact Financials (who have VERY large data vaults) but we even got to hear from someone at the US DoD (yes the Department of Defense!).

Then there were these mind-bending talks that challenged the most experienced in the audience:

– Measuring Data as an Asset (by Nols Ebersohn)
– How to get a DV project Approved (by Neil Strange)
– Uncertainty, Risk, & The Value of Information (by Brad Bergh)

And there were of course absolutely awesome keynotes from Tamara Dull (A Big Data Cheat Sheet for the Technically Savvy Data Professional) and from Scott Ambler we heard (very clearly!): Are You Agile or Are You Fragile?

What? You missed WWDVC 2017?

Well I guess you will have to wait for the 5th Annual WWDVC in 2018…

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Can’t wait? You are in luck!

This year Dan hired professional videographers to record the entire event.

Yup, all the workshops, the keynotes, and all the presentations.

I have seen the videos and they came out great.

So, if you would like to join the elite group of 100 data vault aficionados that attended WWDVC17, you now have the chance to see and hear the same great content we all were exposed to. Then you can be the champion for brining Data Vault 2.0 to your organization.

You can purchase access to all the recordings right here.

NB: There are no refunds on this purchase out of consideration for those who spent the time and money to attend the event.

Here’s what you get:

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Brainstorming with Dan Linstedt (Inventor of the Data Vault and DV 2.0), Michael Olschimke (Co-Author, Building a Scalable Data Warehouse with DV 2.0) and Sanjay Pande (co-founder, LearnDataVault)
  • Talend and Snowflake Hand’s On Session
  • WhereScape Hands On Session
  • Analytix DS Hands On Workshop

Conference Sessions

Day 1

  • Keynote I – A Big Data Cheat Sheet for the Technically Savvy Data Professional (Tamara Dull, Director of Emerging Technologies, SAS)
  • Implementing a Data Vault 2.0 in the DoD (Cynthia Meyersohn, Senior Technical Consultant, Quadrint)
  • Data Vault 2.0 and the Power of Metadata (Steven Mellare, Data and Information Architect and Strategist, Pepper Money)
  • Software Defined Data Warehouse Using Data Vault 2.0 (Tevje Olin, Data Architect and Consultant, Solita)
  • Big Data Vault at Micron (Mike Magalsky, Enterprise Data Architect, Micron and Chris Sundstrom, Principal Data Architect, IM Flash Technologies)
  • Talend in the world of Data Vault (Dale Anderson, Customer Success Architect, Talend)
  • Analytix DS (Sam Benedict, VP Strategic Accounts, Analytix DS)
  • Data Mining in the Data Vault (Michael Olschimke, CEO, ScaleFree)

Day 2

  • Keynote II – Are You Agile or Are You Fragile? (Scott Ambler, Senior Consulting Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates)
  • Agile Methods and Data Warehousing: How to Deliver Faster (Kent Graziano, Senior Technical Evangelist, Snowflake Computing)
  • No DV is an Island: What Lies Beyond (Nols Ebersohn, Principal Architect, Certus Solutions Limited)
  • Beyond a Hadoop DV 2.0 Data Warehouse (Sanjay Pande, Co-Founder, LearnDataVault.com)
  • Business Vault Creation using a Rules Engine (Bruce McCartney, Senior Information Architect, First4 Database Partners)
  • Getting a Data Vault Project Approved (Neil Strange, Founder and MD, Business Thinking)
  • A Data Modeler and Process Modeler Walk into a Data Vault (John Giles, Independent Consultant and author of “The Nimble Elephant”)
  • WhereScape Automation Enabling Data Vault 2.0 (Neil Barton, CTO, WhereScape and Paul Watson Gover, Senior Solution Architect, WhereScape)

Day 3

  • Data Vault Automation – An OnGoing Story at Intact Financial (Francois Trudeau, Application Architect for Enterprise Information Systems, Intact Financial)
  • Moving to the Cloud, Metadata Driven Automation at Yale (Robert Scott, CTO, EON Collective)
  • Uncertainty, Risk and the Value of Information (Brad Bergh, Enterprise Information Consultant)

The only thing you miss out on is the great food and of course the in-person networking. So put WWDVC18 on your calendar (May 2018) but in the meantime get started by purchasing the videos from WWDVC17 now.

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Hopefully seeing these talk may even inspire you to not only attend next year but maybe even speak yourself!

Enjoy!

Kent

The Data Warrior & Data Vault Master

P.S. Of course if you have any questions or want to learn more about Snowflake, the 1st cloud-native data warehouse as a service, please reach out to me or follow me on twitter @kentgraziano.

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