7 Benefits of Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse

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In a July 2020 study about the impact of Snowflake’s cloud data platform, customers who used Snowflake over three years had an ROI of 612%. Are you thinking about adopting Snowflake for your cloud-based solution? Want to learn more about how Snowflake’s solution can improve your business? Keep reading for a list of 7 benefits of Snowflake’s cloud-based data warehouse solution. 

1. Save on Costs

In addition to the 612% ROI, customers also saw an increased profit of $4.8 million. Not only that, other benefits over three years in the study include an accelerated time to market which was worth $5 million and simplified data operations which was worth $2.1 million. The study showed that the overall present value benefit of using Snowflake was $21.5 million.

One major benefit of cloud-based data warehousing is saving on costs compared to on-premise solutions. For on-premise solutions, businesses need to pay for costly hardware, set-up, and maintenance. And when their organization grows, they pay additional costs. Likewise, if their organization scales back, they are spending too much money on hardware and storage that they don’t need. With Snowflake data warehouse, you pay only for what you use. 

2. Storage Elasticity

Previously, organizations needed to decide how much storage and compute they needed with on-premise storage. With Snowflake, there is no need for guesswork. You have the option of storage elasticity which allows you to increase compute and storage as needed. 

3. Improved Performance For Your Organization

A cloud-based data warehouse solution works efficiently to analyze and maintain data all in one place. The Snowflake solution can handle more than one type of data including semi-structured data and structured data. 

You also won’t need your IT team to maintain the warehouse, since it’s maintained by the vendor. This frees up your team to handle other business needs and can increase your organization’s productivity. 

4. Deploy Quickly

With a cloud-based data warehouse, there is less time wasted on setting up hardware. You’re able to quickly deploy your data warehouse. You’re also instantly able to scale up or scale down depending on your business needs. 

5. Security

Security is one of the biggest concerns of any cloud-based solution. However, Snowflake features security validations including Soc 1 Type II, Soc 2 Type II compliance, and PCI DSS compliance. It also has support for HIPAA compliance. Moreover, for user authentication, Snowflake has MFA, OAuth, and SSO. There is also SCIM for managing user roles. Your data with Snowflake is automatically encrypted with AES 256 strong encryption.

What’s more, Snowflake has Continuous Data Protection (CDP) which includes security features that protect your data. These features allow your data to be accessible and recoverable in case of events such as failure of hardware or software, error, or a malicious attack. 

6. Supported Cloud Platforms

Another major advantage of the Snowflake cloud platform is you don’t have to be locked in with a cloud vendor. You have the option to choose AWS, Azure, or GCP for your hosting platform. In addition, with Snowflake’s Supported Regions feature, multiple regions are supported across multiple cloud platforms. This gives you the option to choose which region your data is stored in. 

7. Do More With Your Data

A cloud data warehouse is the right solution for storing and managing the influx of data coming into your business. Not only that, but you’ll get analytical insights and business intelligence such as buying trends and customer insights that can help grow your business. 

At EVERFORCE, we recommend Snowflake solutions. It’s ranked #1 in cloud-based data-warehousing. We offer expertise in Snowflake solutions. To set up a demo on Snowflake Services, please contact us at contact@everforce.com

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5 Tips for Making Remote Work a Success

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Have you had to make the sudden transition from working in the office to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic? It may have already been several months (who’s counting?), but maybe you’re now feeling unproductive and in a slump.

As we make our way toward the end of 2020, we don’t know how things will look like once 2021 arrives. Many organizations may choose to continue remote work. Whether you just started working from home for the first time, or you’ve been working remotely for several months already, you know that it may have its challenges. You don’t get the same sense of camaraderie with your coworkers since you’re at home. This article is here to help be your most productive while working remotely. Keep reading for 5 tips to making working from home a success. 

1. Dedicate a Workspace

When you step into the office, you get into the mindset for work. It can be hard to maintain that momentum when you’re at home since your routine looks different now. One way to keep that mindset is to dedicate a space for your work. It doesn’t have to be a full office room, especially if you don’t have the space for it. It can be another room, a guest room, or even part of a room. As long as it’s a place that’s quiet and where you can set up your work area. For example, the couch in front of the TV may not be the best set up, because you’ll be tempted to turn on the TV and lose focus. 

2. Get Rid of Distractions

Distractions are always going to be there. Whether it’s message notifications, email, or other people living in your home. One thing you can do before the start of your work day is to write out a list of what you need to get done that day. You can write it on your phone, on your planner, or even on a sticky note and stick on your computer. The key is to have it where you can see it, so that once you lose focus, you’re reminded of what’s your next task.

If you have an office room, you can have everyone know that you’re at “work” during certain hours of the day. Another tip is to set aside certain times of the day where you can check your phone for notifications and respond to them instead of constantly checking your phone. 

3. Have the Right Equipment

Of the equipment you’ll require for working from home, the most basic would be internet connection, a laptop or desktop computer, a working microphone and camera for video calls, and of course a space to work in. It can get frustrating when you’re trying to connect to a video meeting and either your mic is not working or your connection is weak and the video is lagging. You also might want to set up a business telephone number if you’re on the phone a lot for work.

4. Be Prepared 

Another tip is to be prepared before an important video call or meeting. You don’t want to have to navigate the learning curve of a new video call platform a few minutes into a meeting. Before the meeting, log into the new software and test the tools and features so that you’re familiar with them. 

5. Choose the Right Communication Method

Avoid the long back and forth email chain for a project. Sometimes, it’s easier and quicker to send a message through your work messaging platform. Or, you can call your team member and discuss the project, then you can send a short follow up email to confirm details. 

Other times, it’s preferable to send an email, for example when following up after a meeting. Open communication with your team members is key. You can collaborate through online collaboration software that makes status updates and messaging easier. You should also have regular check-ins throughout the week. 

Some organizations have virtual “coffee chats” before the start of the workday or virtual lunches. This is a great way to have some social interactions and connect with your coworkers. 

Finals Thoughts On Making Remote Work a Success

Remote work has quickly become the new normal these days. With the above tips, you can make your home a productive, successful working environment. 

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Why Snowflake?

Why Snowflake?

Snowflake is a cloud-based data warehousing platform that brings all cloud characteristics such as elasticity in computing power, sharing data, scaling up and scaling out. It provides the option of transformation before loading as well as traditional ELT, which can be adopted based on the use case.

Snowflake is an analytic data warehouse provided as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), you only pay for what is used. The granularity of billing is in seconds.

The multi-region service availability protects access to the data warehouse services which are resilient and fault tolerant.

In terms of data protection, at every stage of the data lifecycle, Snowflake enables the data to be accessible and recoverable in the event of accidental or intentional modification, removal, or corruption. All data at rest and in transit is always encrypted.

Advantages for your business

Using the Snowflake platform will provide substantial cost savings as you can add computing and storage as needed and reduce when done. Their pricing methodology of “Pay For The Compute and Storage You Actually Use” helps save costs when resources are reduced when not in use.

The unique multi-cluster warehouse enables increasing or decreasing clusters to manage peak loads by running the queries concurrently. This helps to have rapid results consistently.

With the Secure Data Sharing feature, Snowflake empowers the database sharing with Snowflake and non-Snowflake users seamlessly. This helps up-to-date data sharing with required partners which provides tremendous business benefits.

Snowflake supports multi cloud vendors. One can select and co-exist with AWS, Azure and GCP. The integration with existing tools of data integration, BI, Analytics and ML is seamless and users can continue using their existing tools. The EVERFORCE team can work with your team to efficiently implement Snowflake as part of our professional services.

Snowflake Expertise at EVERFORCE

EVERFORCE is on pace with technology trends and one of them is Snowflake. We recommend Snowflake solutions as it is ranked #1 in cloud-based data-warehousing. EVERFORCE has expertise in providing services for jump-starting adaptability:

  • On-premise to cloud data Migration
  • Customized transformation and reporting solutions
  • Advanced analytics and integration with machine learning
Snowflake Solutions at EVERFORCE

Leveraging Snowflake features:

  • Effective huge bulk loading using on-demand concurrency
  • Faster performance using multi-cluster
  • Efficient data transformation and validation using customized Python programs

For demo on Snowflake Services, please reach us out at contact@everforce.com with the details of your product/service requirements.

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What is a Cloud Data Warehouse (and Do I Need One)?

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Experts predict that the amount of data created globally will reach 175 zettabytes by 2025. How big exactly is a zettabyte? One zettabyte is equivalent to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes! Many enterprises today choose to store their data in data warehouses. Businesses can choose between on-premise data warehouses or cloud-based data warehouses. There are several different vendors that host cloud-based data warehouses. Read on to learn more about how a cloud-based solution differs from traditional data warehouses, and how it can benefit your organization.

How is a Cloud Data Warehouse Different?

Organizations traditionally would store large amounts of data in an on-premise data warehouse. These data warehouses would be located onsite and are able to compile data into schemas. This way, businesses can analyze the data and use it for reasons such as making business decisions or learning more about their company’s performance. However, to set up an on-premise data warehouse, businesses need to purchase costly hardware. You would also need skilled individuals to maintain it all. 

An alternative to an on-premise data warehouse is a cloud-based data warehouse. With a cloud-based set up, everything is hosted on the cloud. This way, an organization does not need to invest in costly hardware. There is also less time spent setting up an onsite location or maintaining the data warehouse. 

That way, there is no need to invest in hardware. You also spend much less time because there is no need to set up an onsite location. With a cloud data warehouse, you’re not limited to space or storage. You have unlimited compute and storage. Cloud-based data warehouses are also cost effective because you only pay for what you use. 

Benefits of a Cloud Data Warehouse

There are a number of benefits of a cloud data warehouse versus a traditional data warehouse. With a cloud data warehouse:

  • There is little to no set-up time – the software is already set up for you to use
  • You can save on expenses because you only pay for what you use
  • Unlimited space for compute and storage
  • Security is maintained by the vendor
  • No need to invest in hardware   

Choosing a Cloud Data Warehouse Vendor

Ready to gain the benefits of a cloud-based data warehouse solution, but not sure which vendor to choose? The decision of choosing a vendor depends on your organization’s criteria and business needs. We can work with you to decide what is the best fit.  

Among the top vendors include Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake. In fact, our Snowflake Subject Matter Experts can help you with any Snowflake-related services or with choosing a vendor. To learn more about our professional services, whether it’s more about cloud data warehouses or coming up with a Proof-of-Concept, contact us

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