Cloud Data Warehousing for Dummies

If you, like me, are a data warehousing or BI professional, you have probably been wondering how this all fits in the cloud world. You may have even heard of data warehousing "in the cloud". But what does that really mean? What is a cloud data warehouse?

Using the Snowflake Information Schema

It is my 1 year anniversary of becoming the tech evangelist for Snowflake Computing! Hard to believe that a year ago I gave up independent consulting and joined this amazing team in San Mateo. While there has been a lot of travel recently with my speaking schedule, I have gotten to learn a ton about big data, […]

Agile Amped Video – Live from Southern Fried Agile

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Southern Fried Agile event in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was quite an event with over 700 people in attendance. This is a primarily local event drawing people mostly from the Charlotte area. To say agile is big in that town is […]

Drill to Detail Podcast: Data Modeling, Data Vault, and Snowflake!

Check out Episode 5 of Drill to Details where Mark Rittman asks me about data modeling, data vault, and Snwoflake DB!

Top 3 Tips for Staying Current in the Evolving World of Data Warehousing

The world of data is changing and changing fast. How do you keep up? Here are my Top 3 tips.

Tech Tip: Quick Start for Getting Your Data into Snowflake

Want to learn how to load data into a cloud data warehouse? This post will show you one way with Snowflake

Adventures in the Cloud

I just got back from a whirlwind tour that included a trip to San Francisco to visit the Snowflake HQ, attend the annual Oracle ACE Directors briefing, meetings and events at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW), speaking at OakTable World (OTW), then off to Chicago to speak at Enterprise Dataversity. Yes it was packed. And lots of […]

Maintaining disabled FK’s, wisdom or farce?

A while back, I wrote a post about having FKs (foreign keys) in your data warehouse. Well, a similar question came up recently on an Oracle forum with the above title. It is a fair question and it does surface fairly regularly in a variety of contexts (not just data warehousing). Of course, as The […]

One more time: Do we still need Data Modeling?

More specifically do we still need to worry about data modeling in the NoSQL, Hadoop, Big Data, Data Lake, world? This keeps coming up. Today it was via email after a presentation I gave last week. This time the query was about the place of data modeling tools in this new world order. Bottom line: […]

Where is the Data Warrior Now?

Hi folks. Time to update y’all on some upcoming speaking engagements for this summer and fall. Here are a few talks recently scheduled: Houston DAMA When: August 9, 2016 1:30 PM Where: Salon Consulting, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1450 , Houston, TX Topic: Harnessing the Elasticity of the Cloud for Analytics with Snowflake and Tableau Register: Houston […]