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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!

WWDVC Sponsors

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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Fire Sale #2: Loading Your Data Vault with Informatica

As I mentioned the other day, Dan and Sanjay have been hard at work re-vamping the Learn Data Vault site and have relaunched it. In celebration they are offering amazing deals on their world class Data Vault Implementation classes.

The 2nd course that is ready to go is Implementing Data Vault with Informatica. This online course walks you through the details of implementing a Data Vault-based data warehouse using Informatica. It includes a ton of examples and templates that you can use in your own ETL work to make it very easy to crank out your load processes.

You can see the full outline for all the topics and modules here.

The Deal

So the deal is that originally the Retail Price was  $1,497. But right now with the re-launched site, this class is marked down to $997  for a short time (a savings of $500). The price will eventually go back to the higher price.

The Better Deal: A Fire Sale

Starting today until February 15th, Learn Data Vault is having a Fire Sale! You can take another $500 off with this special Data Warrior Coupon Code:  DWFS500OFF.

So with the mark down price plus my coupon you can get the Data Vault Informatica Implementation class for only $497 (a savings of $1,000).

But remember is is only good until February 15 (1 week from today!).

So please sign up ASAP before the coupon code expires.

Data Vault Rules!

Happy Coding!

Kent, The Data Warrior

Data Vault Master (CDVDM, CDVP2)

Would You Like to Load a Data Vault like a Master?

If you are about to embark on a Data Vault project this year, and not quite sure the best way to load your data into a Data Vault efficiently, I have a great opportunity for you.

Dan and Sanjay have been hard at work re-vamping the Learn Data Vault site and are now ready to relaunch with a brand new look and feel.

The first course out of the gate is the SQL Implementation course. This online course walks you through the details of implementing a Data Vault-based data warehouse using plain and simple SQL. These are the same techniques I have been successfully using for over 10 years on my Data Vault (and even Non-DV) projects. I learned them from Dan in my very first Data Vault class and have used them ever since.

They just work!

If you are building on a standard relational database platform (on premises or in the cloud), this class gives you all the patterns and code examples you need to move data into not only Hubs, Links, and Sats but your staging areas as well. It also includes the techniques for implementing very efficient change data capture (i.e., delta detection).

You can see the full outline for all the topics and modules here.

The Deal

So the deal is that originally the Retail Price was  $997. But right now with the re-launched site, this class is marked down to $797  for a short time (a savings of $200). This course has sold in the past for $1497 and they could raise it back up at anytime.

The Better Deal: A Fire Sale

Starting today until February 13th, Learn Data Vault is having a Fire Sale! You can take another $400 off with this special Data Warrior Coupon Code:  DWFS400OFF.

So with the mark down price plus my coupon you can get the Data Vault SQL Implementation class for  only $397 (a savings of $600).

But remember is is only good until February 13 (1 week from today!).

UPDATE: If you are reading this after the sale is over you can still get a discount by using my special blog reader discount code: Kent10S which will get you 20% off.

So don’t delay – sign up for the class today. It is the quickest way for your to get productive with your Data Vault implementation I know. (And it does not hurt that you can uses these techniques for lots of non-data vault systems too. I have.)

Why a Fire Sale?

So if this class is so good, why such great sale?

I asked Sanjay the same thing. This is what he told me:

  1. This is really a re-launch on a new platform and they really want to give it a workout.
  2. There may be some small errors on the site that they missed during QA. (The price will go up once they are sure it is completely error free)
  3. They need feedback on the new site to be sure it is the best it can be and this is the best way to get that feedback quickly – get people using the site!
  4. It’s Valentines Day!

So please sign up ASAP before the coupon code expires.

SQL Rules!

Happy Coding!

Kent, The Data Warrior

Data Vault Master (CDVDM, CDVP2)

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