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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

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

Say Hello to The Data Cloud!

Instead of having our annual in-person user event, Snowflake Summit, this year we are having a very exciting virtual event on June 2nd – #SayHellotoTheDataCloud. Join us live at 9 AM PDT, 11 AM CDT, 12PN EDT, 5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST for another Snowflake first!

You can be the first to hear from Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, Snowflake co-founder Benoit Dageville, and Christian Kleinerman, Snowflake’s Senior VP of Product. They’ll detail how you can leverage the #DataCloud for all your data to acquire the deepest insights possible. You’ll also learn how Snowflake customers, data providers, and data service providers use Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform to seamlessly connect and collaborate with data.

What is #TheDataCloud?

#TheDataCloud is the next evolution for democratizing and governing access to data! It provides a central location for any organization to store all of its data inexpensively and as a single source of truth. It not only unites an organization’s data but it connects any two or more organizations that store their data in the Data Cloud. Enabling the Data Cloud is the Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform. This is the engine that drives the Data Cloud. With it, organizations can easily load their data onto the Data Cloud, and then securely integrate, analyze, share, and monetize their data.

Join Frank, Benoit, Christian, and other Snowflake leaders to:

  • Learn how Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform enables #TheDataCloud and how you can seamlessly store, unify, and analyze all your data.
  • Join the thousands of organizations that comprise #TheDataCloud to securely share and monetize your data globally, and acquire shared data and data services.
  • Hear how the latest innovations with Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform improve performance, governance, and analyst productivity.
  • Discover how to build fast and extensible pipelines for #DataScience, #DataWarehousing, #DataEngineering, and #DataApplications from a single platform.

Stay tuned because right after the presentations, you be part of the live Q&A session with Benoit and Christian. Ask how your organization will benefit from #TheDataCloud, and from the latest features available from Snowflake #CloudDataPlatform.

Reserve your spot today – sign up here and block your calendar!

#SayHelloToTheDataCloud

#LetItSnow

Kent

#TheDataWarrior and Chief Technical Evangelist, Snowflake

P.S. While your at it, save the date for Snowflake Summit 2021 in Las Vegas!

Tips for Optimizing the #DataVault Architecture on Snowflake (Part 3) 

For this last post in my current Data Vault (DV) series, I will discuss two more cool features of Snowflake Cloud Data Platform (@Snowflakedb) that you can take advantage of when building a DV on our platform. If you are not familiar with the DV method, please read my introductory blog post and part 1 of this series before reading this post.

Get the details here: Tips for Optimizing the Data Vault Architecture on Snowflake (Part 3)

Happy Data Vaulting!

Kent

The Data Warrior

Combine COVID and POS Data to Ensure In-Stocks with #Snowflake and #Alteryx

Reposting this blog as it is an example of how data related to #COVID19 is being used outside of the obvious #healthcare use cases. In this case, something near and dear to us all – grocery store inventories!

We all know this is a truly unprecedented time in the world, and although sometimes we feel like we’ve been through something similar before, the reality is that we haven’t. Sure – we’ve been through natural disasters. We’ve watched smaller outbreaks from afar. We’ve all made a stock-up trip to the grocery store “just in case” our power went out, or “just in case” we were stuck in our house during a cold-stretch for a couple days, but none of those compare to what we’re seeing in our world right now. COVID-19 has drastically changed the way that the world works – both for now and for the future – and although we’ve never experienced anything like this before, we’ve also never been equipped to respond like we are today.

Get the full story here: Combine COVID & POS Data to Ensure In-Stocks with Snowflake & Alteryx

Stay safe out there!

Kent

The Data Warrior and Chief Technical Evangelist at Snowflake

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