November 12, 2018

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: AWS, Snowflake, Snowflake Computing

Serverless computing is here to stay, and while the term “serverless” is a bit of a misnomer, the concept offers many benefits. Most notably, serverless computing allows developers to focus on writing code and not concern themselves with provisioning, configuring, or maintaining servers. One such example of serverless computing is AWS Lambda. Although there are [...]

January 6, 2018

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: Cloud, Cloud Computing, Red Pill News

Written by: Phil Goerdt and Mike Fuller Several years ago, I was working on an enterprise reporting project at a Fortune 15 company at about the same time that cloud-based services were really starting to catch on. During one of our meetings, a colleague of mine on the client side asked me to “explain what […]

November 27, 2017

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: Data, Git, Looker, Version Control

If you follow Red Pill Analytics at all, you know that we have our hands in a bit of everything when it comes to data and analytics; having the opportunity to work with various tools and technologies is one of the many benefits to working at RPA. One particular tool that we have found ourselves […]

November 17, 2017

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: AWS, Data, Snowflake Computing

Whether it’s an enterprise application, the automobile you drive, or your favorite tea kettle, seemingly everything in the world today produces data. This results in a need to transfer data to a place where people and technology can make sense of it. Typically, the faster data can be transferred and more data that can be […]

October 11, 2017

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: Red Pill Analytics' Tips, Snowflake, Tips

Snowflake Data Warehouse release 2.11 (September 7, 2017) included the addition of an OVERWRITE parameter for the INSERT command. INSERT OVERWRITE effectively consolidates two commands, TRUNCATE TABLE and INSERT, into one. INSERT OVERWRITE also deletes the file load history and retains access control privileges on the target table; both of which are not insignificant details. […]

April 14, 2017

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: AWS, StreamSets

I’ve had some fun working with StreamSets Data Collector lately and wanted to share how to quickly get up and running on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and build a simple pipeline. For anyone unaware, StreamSets Data Collector is, in their own words, a low-latency ingest infrastructure tool that lets […]

September 29, 2016

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by: Mike Fuller

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Categories: OBIEE, Snowflake, SQL

Employees at the Minneapolis Red Pill Analytics office recently had the luxury of sitting with Snowflake’s Steve Herskovitz for some on-site education. Among other things, one of my key takeaways from the exercise was how simple it is to query JSON data in the Snowflake Data Warehouse. The syntax is straightforward and makes the process […]

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