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Cut data warehouse costs with run caching illustration
Product Update

Cut data warehouse costs with run caching

Features
How to save time and money by using our run caching feature
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Guide

Building the Dataform VS Code extension

Engineering
How we made our own extension for Visual Studio Code.
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Opinion

The startup data stack starter pack (2020)

Data architecture
Data collection, integration, warehousing, modeling and visualization. What are the options, best of breed products and how much do they all cost.
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Opinion

What do Analytics Engineers Actually Do?

Analytics Engineering
We sat down with analytics engineers at various different companies to discuss what the role means to them, what skills they consider to be important and what their main responsibilities are.
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Guest Post

Snowflake Field Notes

Data Warehouses
Useful notes, scripts and points of reference to help you implement Snowflake.
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Guest Post

SQL vs R. Which to use for data analysis?

Data modelingAnalytics
A discussion on the pros and cons of using SQL vs R for data analysis.
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Guest Post

Data as a Utility Tool

Data modelingAnalytics
When implementing a modern data warehouse, common compromises are made in selection and implementation of technology. This post covers these at a high level.
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Guide

CI/CD for ETL/ELT SQL pipelines

Data teamsData stacks
Configure CI/CD workflows for your Dataform SQL pipelines to prevent project breakages.
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Product Update

New and improved dependency tree!

Features
During compilation, Dataform builds a dependency tree of all actions to be run in the warehouse. We’ve made some changes to the dependency tree so that it is far easier to navigate.
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Case study

How Kaleva Media used Dataform to leverage the power of Snowflake and scale their processes

Data teams
After initially setting up Dataform in November 2019, Kaleva now manage 243 (and growing) separate datasets: all documented, and automatically tested using assertions.
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Invest in your analysts, now!

Opinion

Invest in your analysts, now!

Data teamsData stacks
Too many data analysts are expected to do their jobs without the required tools and infrastructure. It's time for a change.
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Guide

Converting Looker PDTs to the Dataform framework

Data modeling
Looker PDTs are a great resource for quickly prototyping transformations, but are missing a few key features. If you're ready to take your modeling to the next level, try the Dataform framework.
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Product Update

Run logs redesign

Features
Dataform provides detailed run logs- what SQL was executed, at what time, and by who - to enable speedy debugging of failing queries and tests. We’ve re-designed the run logs page, making it easier to navigate.
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Guide

Keep track of your Bigquery costs by exporting usage logs.

Data modeling
Turn on BigQuery audit log exports to start analysing your BigQuery usage. You can use this to keep track of Bigquery costs.
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Opinion

ETL vs ELT. Why make the flip?

Data stacks
Data warehousing technologies are advancing fast. The cloud data warehousing revolution means more and more companies are moving away from an ETL approach and towards an ELT approach for managing analytical data.
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Product Update

Dark mode is here!

Features
Dark mode is now in Dataform! You can switch to dark mode using the moon icon on the top right of the page when you’re in a project.
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Product Update

Using environments with SQL pipelines

Features
At Dataform, we believe that analytics should follow software engineering best practices and therefore use multiple deployment environments to test SQL code.
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Guide

Advanced data quality testing with SQL and Dataform

Data modeling
A deep dive into some advanced data quality testing use cases with SQL and the open-source Dataform framework.
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Guide

Tutorial: Building a Bigquery ML pipeline

Data modeling
In this article we walk through building a simple end to end BigQuery ML pipeline using Dataform to help us manage the end to end process of data preparation, training and prediction.
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Guide

Sending data from BigQuery to Intercom using Google Cloud Functions

EngineeringData stacks
Clean, well modelled data is useful for more than just analytics. Google Cloud Functions can help you operationalize your data by sending it other services.
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Opinion

Great data teams build products

Data teams
The best data teams don’t just help the business answer questions. They build products for the organization to help them become more data driven.
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How we use Dataform to monitor campaign conversions at Outshine

Guide

How we use Dataform to monitor campaign conversions at Outshine

Data modelingAnalytics
How Outshine use assertions in Dataform to monitor conversions for their clients.
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Model Segment data in minutes using the Dataform Segment package

Package

Model Segment data in minutes using the Dataform Segment package

Data modelingData stacks
The Dataform Segment package helps teams set up core Segment data models with a few lines of code, enabling data teams to spend more time focusing on the specifics of their business
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How we store protobufs in MongoDB

Guide

How we store protobufs in MongoDB

Engineering
Use a custom codec to cleanly store protobuf documents in MongoDB
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How Liv Up used Dataform to grow their data team and onboard new members.

Case study

How Liv Up used Dataform to grow their data team and onboard new members.

Data teams
Livup were able to scale the size of their team from 6 to 20 people by reducing the number of tools they were using and making their onboarding process more efficient.
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Product Update

Version control your SQL code

Features
How Dataform allows you to version control your SQL and our new Git commit UI!
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How Echo increased efficiency 3X by migrating their transformations to Dataform.

Case study

How Echo increased efficiency 3X by migrating their transformations to Dataform.

Data teamsData stacks
How Echo use Dataform to ensure their data is reliable and scale their data stack, whilst collaborating more closely with the engineering team.
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How Outshine use Dataform to scale analytics across their business

Case study

How Outshine use Dataform to scale analytics across their business

Data teams
How Outshine use Dataform to collaborate effectively within one platform, ensure data quality and significantly reduce the time it takes them to build reports for their clients.
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How we use MobX to solve our frontend application state problems

Guide

How we use MobX to solve our frontend application state problems

Engineering
How we utilize MobX at Dataform to solve our frontend application state problems
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How to load data from S3 to Redshift in minutes

Guide

How to load data from S3 to Redshift in minutes

EngineeringData stacks
How to use the COPY command in Dataform to load data from Amazon S3 to your Redshift warehouse.
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Accelerate your Dataform modeling using Stitch ETL

Guide

Accelerate your Dataform modeling using Stitch ETL

Data stacks
A tutorial on how to use Dataform and Stitch together to power your company's analytics
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How to write unit tests for your SQL queries

Guide

How to write unit tests for your SQL queries

Data modelingAnalytics
Verify that your SQL does what you think it does
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How to set up a modern analytics stack

Guide

How to set up a modern analytics stack

Data stacks
What does a world class analytics stack look like in 2019?
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Introducing Dataform

Company news

Introducing Dataform

Data teamsData stacks
Introducing a faster and more efficient way to manage data in your warehouse with Dataform.
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Building a TypeScript monorepo with Bazel

Guide

Building a TypeScript monorepo with Bazel

Engineering
A short introduction to managing multiple TypeScript NPM packages with Bazel inside a monorepo.
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Introducing the Dataform SDK

Company news

Introducing the Dataform SDK

Data modelingEngineering
An overview of the Dataform open-source SDK: a framework to help data teams manage modern cloud data warehouses such as Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift and Snowflake.
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Consider SQL when writing your next processing pipeline

Opinion

Consider SQL when writing your next processing pipeline

Data modeling
Today, most non-trivial data processing is done using some pipelining technology, with user code typically written in languages such as Java, Python, or perhaps Go. The next time you write a pipeline, consider using plain SQL.
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Data quality testing with SQL assertions

Guide

Data quality testing with SQL assertions

Data modeling
A short overview of how to to use SQL based data assertions to test data quality in your data warehouse.
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How to Remove Duplicates from a Bigquery Table

Data Warehouse Guide

How to Remove Duplicates from a Bigquery Table

Data Warehouse
Learn how to deduplicate data in a Bigquery table
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JSON file splitting in Snowflake

Data Warehouse Guide

JSON file splitting in Snowflake

Data Warehouse
Learn how to split a large JSON file into multiple smaller files within Snowflake.
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Selecting Specific Columns in Google BigQuery

Data Warehouse Guide

Selecting Specific Columns in Google BigQuery

Data Warehouse
Learn how to select all columns, except some, within Bigquery
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Exporting Data From BigQuery as a JSON

Data Warehouse Guide

Exporting Data From BigQuery as a JSON

Data Warehouse
Learn how to export data from Bigquery using the bq command line.
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What is DataOps? And a practical guide to DataOps best practices

Opinion

What is DataOps? And a practical guide to DataOps best practices

EngineeringData stacks
What are DataOps best practices, why do you need them, and how can you adopt them.
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Three tables every analyst needs

Guide

Three tables every analyst needs

Data modelingAnalytics
An introduction to three tables that can be used to power most of your user analytics.
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