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After attending an in-depth technical training in Dallas, Texas, I thought it could be beneficial to give some examples of how Snowflake is unique in a series of blog posts moving forward. This week, I’m talking about JSON (although Snowflake’s functionality displayed in the article...

I rarely ever receive pristine data, and I’d wager that’s true for most of us working in data analysis or business intelligence. Data can come to us from dozens—if not hundreds—of sources, and it certainly requires some preparation to make it useful. One of the...

As “big data” becomes increasingly ubiquitous and important to a variety of organizations, many of the existing database systems and platforms have become too cumbersome to set up and maintain: On-site systems can be complex and difficult to scale; and other “big data” solutions require...

Tim Costello - InterWorks' own analytics consultant and SQL guru - switches sides of the mic and is interviewed about his move from medical responder to agile promoter. Tim and Ben talk about SQL Saturdays, agile data warehousing, getting into a meetup, making yourself better. Subscribe...

Tableau does a great job of connecting to a variety of databases, but it sometimes needs help on the database end to get the results we need to make hot visualizations. One such example showed itself when connecting to Google BigQuery. The issue? Count distincts. BigQuery doesn't handle count distincts like one...

A couple years ago, Josh Varner was a consultant working on our BI team at InterWorks. The last time I saw Josh (when he was still on our team) was at the Vertica Conference in Boston. I was leaving early for a gig in New...

Tim Costello shares his Speaker Idol talk from SQL PASS Summit 2014. Speaker Idol is a speaking contest among 12 of the sharpest SQL minds in the industry. Whoever gives the best presentation wins. The prize is a speaking spot at next year's summit. "If you...

Today, I noticed an interesting series of blog posts float up in the SQL community. Mike Walsh started things off with his post: "4 Attitudes I wish I had earlier as a DBA" This was followed closely with posts by Kathi Kellenberger and Brent Ozar. I like the theme, so...

The improvements of the Visual Data Window in Tableau 8.2 gave a breath of fresh air to the Tableau community. So far, the new design has been intuitive and user friendly. However, when I went searching for the Custom SQL option when connecting to an...

What do you do when a request can’t be solved by traditional reporting tools, and adding new tables or views to your database can take weeks?  Situation  A new manager joins the group. While you’re presenting your workbook, she wants to see things a little differently. Instead...

A common question I've received from new Vertica users is, "How do I enter newlines into a string literal, or use other backslash sequences like 't'?" This is especially common from users transitioning from systems like MySQL that do not use SQL standard-conforming string literals,...

Loading data into Teradata can be done quickly and fairly easily using the Teradata FastLoad utility, but the utility isn’t exactly friendly to new users. This article provides a quick introduction into the FastLoad utility, which is included in the free Teradata Tools & Utilities...

Let me tell you a secret about working with SQL Server.  Anyone can do it.  I’m not going to imply that it’s easy.  You can’t do it in 24 hours and it’s certainly not for dummies … but it can be done.  The cool thing...

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