Enhancing Snowflake UI: Part 5 – The Snowflake Marketplace and Its Partners

  • Ndz Anthony
  • October 19, 2023

In the previous parts of this series, we’ve explored various aspects of the Snowflake UI, delving into its features, functionalities, and how to make the most of them. Today, we shift our focus to an integral part of the Snowflake ecosystem – the Snowflake Marketplace. This platform is a treasure trove of data sets and services that can significantly enhance your Snowflake experience.

What is the Snowflake Marketplace?

The Snowflake Marketplace is a public data exchange where Snowflake users can discover, access, and generate insights from a vast array of data sets. It’s a one-stop-shop for data-driven organizations, offering a seamless and secure way to share live, ready-to-query data. The marketplace eliminates the need for traditional ETL processes, allowing users to access data directly from their Snowflake account.

Exploring the Snowflake Marketplace

Navigating the Snowflake Marketplace is a breeze, thanks to its user-friendly interface. It features a wide range of categories, from finance and healthcare to weather and demographics, ensuring you can find data relevant to your specific industry or use case. Each data listing provides comprehensive details, including the data provider, update frequency, and a sample of the data set.

Here are some key areas to explore in this marketplace:

Data Listings

The marketplace features a wide range of data listings from various industries. These listings include both free and premium data sets that you can use to enrich your analytics. You can browse through categories like finance, healthcare, retail, and more to find the data that suits your needs.

Partner Services

Apart from data sets, the marketplace also offers a variety of services from Snowflake partners. These services range from data integration and transformation tools to advanced analytics and machine learning platforms.

Data Sharing

One of the unique features of the Snowflake Marketplace is the ability to share live, ready-to-query data. This feature allows you to share data with other Snowflake users in a secure and governed manner. It eliminates the need for traditional ETL processes, making data sharing faster and more efficient.

Personalized Recommendations

The marketplace provides personalized recommendations based on your usage patterns. These recommendations can help you discover new data sets and services that can add value to your analytics.

Snowflake Marketplace Partners

The Snowflake Marketplace wouldn’t be as rich and diverse without its partners. These are companies that provide the data sets and services available on the marketplace. They range from data providers and analytics services to machine learning platforms. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these partners:

Datameer: As a leading data transformation and integration platform, Datameer seamlessly integrates with Snowflake. It enables users to transform raw data into a clean, analytics-ready form directly within Snowflake.  Here’s a detailed guide on how to integrate Datameer with Snowflake.

Fivetran: Fivetran is a fully-managed data pipeline that helps businesses centralize their data. With its pre-built connectors, Fivetran can pull data from various sources and load it directly into Snowflake, simplifying the data integration process. To integrate/move data between Snowflake and Fivetran easily, check out this guide.

Sigma Computing: Sigma is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform. Sigma provides direct, live access to Snowflake data, enabling users to create interactive dashboards, reports, and data visualizations. Check out this step-by-step guide to connect Snowflake with Sigma.

DataRobot: DataRobot offers an automated machine learning platform for data scientists of all skill levels to build and deploy accurate predictive models. It integrates with Snowflake to allow users to pull data for model training and push predictions back into Snowflake for further analysis. Here’s how to integrate DataRobot with Snowflake.

These partners, among others, enrich the Snowflake Marketplace with their unique offerings, enhancing the Snowflake experience for users across different industries.

A Spotlight on Datameer

When it comes to preparing data for Snowflake, one platform that consistently comes up in conversations with data professionals is Datameer. It’s not just me who thinks so – many organizations have found Datameer to be a game-changer in their data preparation process.

Datameer’s integration with Snowflake is particularly noteworthy. This partnership has been instrumental in transforming data operations and analytics, particularly in the marketing and e-commerce sectors.

For instance, in a press release from July 2022, Datameer announced increased adoption of their platform with Snowflake in the retail and e-commerce sectors. Companies are now leveraging Datameer and Snowflake to get insights in near real-time with only a fraction of the resources of some of their larger, more established peers. These teams can analyze marketing campaign results, overall customer acquisition journeys, and resulting customer orders with ease, allowing them to iterate quickly, optimize spend and targeting, and ultimately drive profitable growth.

Here’s why Datameer fits into this space:

  • Seamless Integration: Datameer and Snowflake go together like peanut butter and jelly. The ability to directly connect to your Snowflake data warehouse means you can access, analyze, and transform your data without any hiccups.
  • Advanced Data Preparation: Datameer doesn’t just prepare your data; it gives it a full makeover. From cleaning and normalization to advanced transformations, it’s like having a personal data stylist . And the best part? Its intuitive interface and visual data pipeline mean you don’t need a PhD in data science to use it.
  • Scalability: Size doesn’t matter to Datameer. Whether you’re working with a small data set or a massive one, Datameer scales to meet your needs. This makes it a favorite among businesses of all sizes.
  • Data Governance: With Datameer, you can sleep easy knowing your data is secure and compliant. Its robust data governance features help you manage data access, maintain data quality, and ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Collaboration: Datameer is a team player. It allows you to share your data workflows with your team, making it easy to collaborate on data preparation and analysis tasks.

But don’t just take my word for it. Go ahead and schedule a free trial.

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