Here at Full 360 we consider ourselves “data centric… technology agnostic”. When faced with a data problem we try to identify the software solution that will best handle our client’s needs, as opposed to a “one hammer fits all” approach of using only tools that we know. That being said… over time we have developed preferences for certain products and providers. These preferences have grown from our experience doing BI for 15+ years, and understanding the problems that emerge over the lifetime of the application. Our primary preference for reporting on “big data” is the use of columnar databases. We already have what we consider to be the two strongest columnar database options under our banner of expertise… and have found that most of the other options in the marketplace aren’t worth pursuing because they don’t bring anything new to the table… or are simply columnar options for enterprise RDBMS offerings.
Earlier in 2014, Snowflake Computing contacted us about a sneak preview of their SaaS columnar data warehouse offering. After seeing the demo I was immediately excited and took them up on their offer for a free account so that I could give it a spin. Now that the product has become publicly available I am free to share my excitement with you!