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Around the World with the #DataWarrior

Yup I traveled a lot in 2019. Mostly in my role as Chief Technical Evangelist for Snowflake, but some for family vacations (yes I do take those!).

Inspired by good friend Jeff Smith, here is my travel report based on Google location services. Surprisingly accurate (should I be concerned?).

While traveling this much can be taxing (especially on my family), it is a blessing to be able to see all these wonderful places and meet lots of wonderful people as part of my job at Snowflake, even if it means being a #RoadWarrior.

By The Numbers

  • 174 miles on foot!
    • There are more miles when I did not have my phone
    • This includes a great hike with my family all the way from Waikiki Beach to the top of Diamond Head and then back.
  • 2 miles by bike – I know that was in Berlin using an Uber Bike (a very neat and useful concept)
  • 14,450 miles by mass transit (cars, trains)
  • And then a lot more air miles!

Wow. That adds up to 7 times around the world for an estimated 173,475 miles! Yikes.

In 2019 I got to explore both countries and cities I had never been to before, as well as some fo my old favorites.

New Locales:

In the “never been here before” category:

  • Stockholm, Sweden – first time ever to Sweden! Even in January it was quite fun with lots of sites to see including the Viking Museum.
Vikings!
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dublin, Ireland – actually got to go there twice!
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal – LOVED the seafood!
Amazing fresh, cheap, seafood in Lisbon
  • Hannover, Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Australia & New Zealand – I had two separate 2 week trips down under and got to see quite a bit, plus catch up with some old friends I had not seen in over 20 years.
    • Sydney (2x)
    • Melbourne (2x)
    • Canberra
    • Brisbane
    • Auckland (2x)
  • Cleveland, Ohio – yup, never been there before. Managed a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Jeff Smith).
  • Costa Mesa, California

Old Favorites

I did manage to also visit places in the US where I have bene before like Dallas, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Santa Monica, Philadelphia, Honolulu (vacation), and Stowe (Vermont). I had LOTS of trips to San Francisco and San Mateo (where Snowflake HQ is located).

Outside the US, I got the pleasure of return visits to Rome (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE), Milan, London (2x), Amsterdam (2x), Utrecht (2x), Helsinki (Finland), and at the end of the year, a trip to snowy Montreal in Canada.

Me and Caeser in Rome
The Colosseum, Rome
Panini in Rome! What is Italia without food, gelato, and vino?

Where to next?

So where will I go in 2020? Stay tuned. The adventure continues…

Sailing on an America’s Cup boat in Auckland, NZ

Happy New Year 2020!

Kent

The Data (and Road) Warrior

P.S. One place I will be for sure in June is the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas where we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Snowflake Summit. We do expect it to SELL OUT again this year. Super Early Bird registration closes January 30th, so get your registration in today!

New Snowflake Community Advocate Program

I am happy to announce that The Snowflake Community—a hub for Snowflake users to connect, share, and learn from each other both offline and online—is launching a new program called the Select Star Program.

What is a Select Star?

The Select Star program recognizes and rewards our most engaged community members who go above and beyond to help other users around the globe. The program offers many opportunities, including speaking at meetups or during webinars, publishing technical tutorials and blog posts, answering questions on Stack Overflow, and sharing your own Snowflake story with the community. The more you engage and offer support, the more award points you’ll earn. Once you’ve collected 1,000 points, we’ll officially accept you into the Select Star program.

Get the rest of the details and how to sign up here: 4 Ways to Become a Snowflake Select Star

Cio for now.

Kent

The Data Warrior

How to manage GDPR compliance with Snowflake’s Time Travel and Disaster Recovery 

One year after implementation, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues to be a hot regulatory topic. As organizations work to bring their data practices into compliance with the new law, one question comes up repeatedly: How does Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, enable my organization to be GDPR compliant?

Check out my latest post to see my answer:

How to manage GDPR compliance with Snowflake’s Time Travel and Disaster Recovery | Snowflake Blog

Cheers!

Kent

The Data Warrior

The Elephant in the Data Lake and Snowflake

So is Hadoop finally dead? For many use cases, I think it really is. The cloud and the continued evolution of technology has created newer, better ways of working with data at scale. Check out what Jeff has to say about it!

Jeffrey Jacobs, Consulting Data Architect, Snowflake SnowPro Core Certified

Let’s talk about the elephant in the data lake, Hadoop, and the constant evolution of technology.

Hadoop, (symbolized by an elephant), was created to handle massive amounts of raw data that were beyond the capabilities of existing database technologies. At its core, Hadoop is simply a distributed file system. There are no restrictions on the types of data files that can be stored, but the primary file contents are structured and semi-structured text. “Data lake” and Hadoop have been largely synonymous, but, as we’ll discuss, it’s time to break that connection with Snowflake’s cloud data warehouse technology.

Hadoop’s infrastructure requires a great deal of system administration, even in cloud managed systems.   Administration tasks include: replication, adding nodes, creating directories and partitions, performance, workload management, data (re-)distribution, etc.  Core security tools are minimal, often requiring add-ons. Disaster recovery is another major headache.  Although Hadoop is considered a “shared nothing” architecture, all…

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Wow! Snowflake lands massive $263 million investment

Have I said recently I LOVE  my job?

Well I do, and I love working with the awesome technology that is the Snowflake DWaaS as well as all the really smart and cool people that make up this innovative and ever growing company.

As you may have heard, we had a HUGE week with the announcement of our Series E round of funding ($263 million) and a valuation of $1.5 billion.

Makes my head explode to think I am part of this amazing tech story.

http://snowflake.net

Well, for those who somehow missed it, here are a bunch of links to all the stories out there with details about the event and the company.

Geekwire: Another Huge Round for Snowflake: Bob Muglia’s database company raises $263M valued at $1.5B

TechCrunch: Snowflake lands massive $263M investment on unicorn valuation

The Register: Muglia’s monster Snowflake in quarter-of-a-billion funding blizzard

ZDNet: Snowflake Raises $263.5 million for cloud data warehouse conquest

Computerworld (IDG): Snowflake, now a unicorn, eyes global growth for cloud data warehouse

Check out this interview with our CEO Bob Muglia:

 

And for those that speak French there is something for you too:

Want to learn more?

Register for one of our upcoming World Tour events in a city near you. Register here.

Later.

Kent

Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake

The Data Warrior

 

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