In today’s fast-paced business environment, data is the most valuable asset for any organization. Data-driven decision making can provide a competitive advantage to businesses, but disconnected data is causing major challenges for many organizations.
According to a report by IDC, organizations are losing $140 billion each year in wasted time and resources due to disconnected data. Data silos are building barriers between organizations and their business objectives, and it is becoming increasingly important to have a data stack that can ingest, transform, manage and monitor data for analytics, reports, and actions.
But there’s a solution. In this blog, we will discuss the advantages of having a Snowflake and SnapLogic data stack, to streamline, democratize and interpret data for business optimization. We will look at case studies from two major enterprises — HBO and Caterpillar — to understand how these organizations overcame their data challenges with the SnapLogic and Snowflake partner solution.
The challenges: data storage, data integration and analytics
The combination of Snowflake and SnapLogic provides a powerful data stack that helps organizations address these common issues with disconnected data and data silos:
- Ingestion of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data
Organizations today deal with a wide variety of data formats, including structured, semi-structured and unstructured data. These formats are not easily processed by traditional data warehouses and require specialized tools to ingest, transform, and load the data.
- Transformation, management, and monitoring of data
Data management is a critical function for organizations, as it ensures that the data is accurate, up-to-date, and consistent. Needed is robust data management capabilities that help organizations transform, manage, and monitor their data.
- Activation of data for analytics, reports, and actions
The ultimate goal of data management is to activate the data for analytics, reports, and actions. Capabilities to activate data and derive insights from it are table stakes.
- Accelerated growth with user insights from data
Organizations that can derive insights from their data can accelerate their growth by understanding their customers and their markets better. Derive insights from data and deliver them to the right users at the right time.
The solution: SnapLogic and Snowflake
Data integration from SnapLogic
SnapLogic is a cloud-based integration platform that allows businesses to connect different applications, data sources, and APIs. A visual interface for building integrations makes it easy for business users to create data pipelines.
SnapLogic offers more than 700 pre-built connectors, called Snaps, that allow businesses to connect to various data sources and applications. It is designed for modern data architectures and provides an easy-to-use platform for building integrations.
Data warehousing and analytics from Snowflake
Snowflake is a cloud-based data warehouse that provides scalable, secure, and easy-to-use analytics for modern data applications, allowing businesses to store, analyze, and share data across different departments and applications.
Snowflake’s unique multi-cluster architecture separates storage and compute, allowing businesses to scale up or down according to their needs. It is designed for modern data applications and supports a variety of data types, including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.
HBO: streaming content and streamlining data
Another example of an organization that has successfully implemented the Snowflake and SnapLogic data stack is HBO. HBO is a leading provider of premium content, including hit shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld.
Like many media companies, HBO faced the challenge of competing with emerging streaming services and delivering up-to-date analytics on viewer preferences and content performance.
To address this challenge, HBO’s implemented Snowflake and SnapLogic, which enabled the organization to gain a more complete understanding of viewer preferences, identify potential “blockbuster” shows, and analyze supply chain data to ensure that copyrighted content and music were being used in compliance with legal requirements.
Caterpillar: making operational advancements with analytics
One example of an organization that has successfully harnessed their data is Caterpillar. Caterpillar is a global manufacturer of heavy equipment and machinery, with over 220 independent dealers providing sales, maintenance, repairs, rental, and parts distribution worldwide. One of the key challenges facing Caterpillar was the need to gather and analyze data from its global dealer network in order to gain insights into sales, inventory, and supply chain operations.
To address this challenge, Snowflake and SnapLogic enabled the organization to eliminate custom business logic, reduce time to market and data gathering, and gain valuable insights from its dealer network. Caterpillar was able to streamline its data management processes and gain a more complete picture of its operations.
A match made in data heaven
The combination of Snowflake and SnapLogic offers a number of advantages for organizations looking to streamline their data management processes, gain valuable insights from their data, and stay ahead of their competitors.
By leveraging the power of Snowflake’s cloud-based architecture and SnapLogic’s intelligent integration platform, organizations can easily ingest, transform, manage, and monitor their data, as well as activate it for analytics, reports, and actions. This helps eliminate data silos, improve ability to engage and support customers, and meet business objectives more effectively.
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