Top 7 free resources to learn Snowflake
In less than a decade, Snowflake has grown into one of the most trusted platforms for data warehousing. Benoit Dageville, Thierry Cruanes and Marcin Żukowski founded the company in July 2012. Snowflake offers data warehouse as a service or data storage and analysis services in the cloud.
Snowflake has been on Amazon S3 since 2014, Microsoft Azure since 2018 and Google Cloud for two years. The platform enables data storage, processing and analysis solutions that are faster, easier to use and flexible than traditional offerings.
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According to Forrester’s Total Economic Impact Study, Snowflake customers can expect a return on investment (ROI) of 612% and total profits of more than $ 21 million over three years.
In this article, we list free resources and tools to help you learn the inner workings of Snowflake.
Courses & Modules
The Snowflake documentation is a must-have resource for users who plan to learn Snowflake from scratch. The documentation provides conceptual overviews, tutorials, and a detailed reference for all supported SQL commands, operations, and functions.
The module covers:
Check out the Snowflake documentation, podcast, how-to basics, workshop lab, and additional resources.
Snowflake Datawarehouse & Cloud Analytics – Introduction
In this free Udemy course, you will learn about Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse and its architecture. It will teach you how to build modern, next-generation, highly scalable and high-performance data warehouses. The beginner-friendly course covers the basics of cloud, SaaS, etc.
Check out the free course here.
What is Snowflake?
In this eight-minute demo video, the Snowflake team provides an overview of the Snowflake Cloud Data platform. For a more in-depth demo, you can sign up for its weekly live demo program here.
Snowflake Architecture – See how Snowflake stores table data
In this video lesson, Learning Journal’s Prashant Pandey decompresses Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse and Snowflake basics, the separation of storage and compute techniques, and storage architecture (how storage database tables are stored and accessible when you run SQL).
Getting started with Snowflake
The Kahan Data Solutions tutorial walks you through the main components of the Snowflake user interface. The video demo covers Snowflake introduction, initial view, spreadsheets, databases, shares, warehouses, history, accounts and the account’s role in relation to the spreadsheet, notifications, partner login, preview app, persistent queries, and query history.
Books & Guides
Designing Data-intensive SaaS Applications: Building Scalable Software with Snowflake
Co-authored by William Waddington, Kevin McGinley, Pui Kei Johnston Chu, Gjorgji Georgievski and Dinesh Kulkarni, the book “Architecting Data-Intensive SaaS Applications: Building Scalable Software with Snowflake” covers the whole aspect of data applications and why it matters; what to watch out for in the modern data platform; building scalable data applications; data processing; and data sharing.
Click here to download the pdf version of the book.
Founder’s Guide to Building Data Apps on Snowflake
The guide describes five of the most common use cases for startups and businesses that build data applications and how Snowflake addresses the top challenges when developing applications, in particular.
- Customer 360 data applications
- IoT data applications
- Application Health and Safety Analysis Data Applications
- Machine learning and data science apps
- Integrated analytical data applications
Click here to download the pdf version of the guide.
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