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A Very Merry Christmas to All!

Blessings of the seasonfrom Kent GrazianoThe Data Warrior

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Okta SSO with Snowflake 

Ever wonder how to secure a cloud data warehouse? Well, Vlad from EA (Entertainment Arts) has produced an entire blog just about using Snowflake. This is the 1st in a series he wrote with detailed instructions on how to set up SSO on Snowflake for various tools, including Tableau. Check it out:

Once you made a decision (smart one!) to place you data warehousing and analytics activity onto Snowflake platform the next question would be how to make your data secure. Snowflake is really good …

Read the rest here: Okta SSO with Snowflake – Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

Thanks Vlad!

Enjoy all!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake Computing

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

 

 

TPC-DS at 100TB and 10TB Scale Now Available in Snowflake’s Samples

Here is another great announcement we made at Snowflake that I missed sending out to everyone. This is really cool to have a full set of data to test on you own. If you want to give it a try, sign up for a FREE Snowflake account.

Get you TPC-DS data here

We are happy to announce that a full 100 TB version of TPC-DS data, along with samples of all the benchmark’s 99 queries, are available now to all Snowflake customers for exploration and testing. We also provide a 10TB version if you are interested in smaller scale testing.The STORE_SALES sub-schema from the TPC-DS BenchmarkSource: TPC Benchmark™ DS Specification

For all the details, continue reading here: TPC-DS at 100TB and 10TB Scale Now Available in Snowflake’s Samples

Enjoy!

Kent

New Snowflake features released in Q2’17 

I have been busy lately preparing and delivering quite a few talks so got a bit behind on my blogging and reporting. So in an effort to catch up a bit, here are some details on developments at Snowflake:

Q2 1017 Features

It has been an incredible few months at Snowflake. Along with the introduction of self-service and numerous other features added in the last quarter, we have witnessed:

  • Our customer base has grown exponentially with large numbers of applications in full production.
  • Billions of analytical jobs successfully executed this year alone, with petabytes of data stored in Snowflake today, and without a single failed deployment to-date.
  • A strong interest in pushing the boundaries for data warehousing even further by allowing everyone in organizations to share, access and analyze data.

Continuing to engage closely with our customers during this rapid growth period, we rolled out key new product capabilities throughout the second quarter.

Get the rest of the details here: New Snowflake features released in Q2’17

Cheers

Kent

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