By: Jorel Digman
November 9, 2022
Data and Analytics projects can be complex and time-consuming, especially for an internal team with additional responsibilities. It requires the right technical skillset to realize your data’s full potential and see the benefits of a modern data stack built in the Snowflake Data Cloud.
Working with a Snowflake partner may be ideal when there is a lack of internal Snowflake Data Cloud expertise. A certified Snowflake partner can help you with data initiatives of all sizes and complexities whether you’re looking to deploy a data lake or data warehouse, improve existing data architecture and pipelines, or implement custom ML workflows with Snowpark.
- Snowflake Partners Bridge Skills and Expertise Gaps
According to a recent report released by EY, 53% of senior executives listed Data & Analytics as the top near-term investment. However, one in five executives from the same report cite a shortage of skills to execute data-centric strategies. Even prior to Covid-19, the talent pool for data architects, engineers, and scientists was tight, but the explosion of digital transformation initiatives due to Covid-19 has impacted the demand of the skillset further.
Working with a Snowflake partner not only fills gaps in your data, analytics, and machine learning skills but also makes sure you have access to the roles that are needed most – data architects, data engineers, or data scientists who have experience with the Snowflake’s data cloud and/ or ecosystem technologies. Be sure to look for partners with relevant certifications across the roles of Data Architect, Data Engineer, or Data Analyst. Additionally, Snowflake is building an industry competency recognition that aligns to its go-to-market for vertical solutions. These partners have been vetted by Snowflake to have confirmed success in assisting customers navigate best practices and tools for collecting, storing, governing, and analyzing data at any scale.
- Collaborate with an External Team of Snowflake Experts on All Your Data & Analytics Initiatives
Partnering with a team of experienced outside professionals brings fresh perspectives, and new insights that may not have otherwise come from internal resources. You’ll benefit from having expansive Snowflake knowledge and experience in the growing Snowflake workloads and ecosystems.
An external team can also help you break down internal silos within your company to help increase project velocity and success. Data and analytics projects often become siloed to a single internal team, preventing effective cross-functional communication and collaboration. The outside perspective of a neutral third party can help mitigate these problems while keeping your project on track and within budget.
- Leverage the Full Power of Your Data in All Its Forms
You’ll be sure that you’re leveraging the full capabilities of your data in all its forms when you select a Snowflake partner to manage your data cloud environment. An experienced partner will help you to:
- Select the most appropriate public cloud for your cloud data platform (AWS, Azure, GCP) or design a hybrid cloud solution with Snowflake as the data platform
- Build the data pipelines, from partners like Matillion, and processes to manage orchestration better.
- Optimize machine learning models that drive continuous improvement and accuracy.
- Incorporate training where required into the implementation program
- Take full advantage of powerful business intelligence tools for reporting and visualizations. Such as Sigma Computing, Power BI, ThoughtSpot, and Tableau.
Once you’ve successfully navigated your company through the transition to a modern data stack, your data is now accessible in a cloud-based environment, and your teams gain insight from best-in-class business intelligence software.
- Fuel your Data, Analytics, & Machine Learning Initiatives
An organization would have to spend a large amount of time and overhead costs to hire in-house before even getting started. With a Snowflake partner, you’ll be able to start your initiative right away without having to worry about hiring, training, and retaining talent.
If you elect to hire internal talent for your data project, you may have to settle for someone who doesn’t possess the right technical expertise for Snowflake and/or your modern data stack components. Additionally, it takes anywhere from 45 to 60 days (or often more) to hire the talent and get them fully onboarded before work on a project can even begin. Alternatively, a qualified Snowflake partner with technical expertise across the modern data stack can get to work immediately and will take approximately six weeks to stand-up and complete the average data project. As a result, working with a Snowflake partner allows you to progress efficiently and achieve desired outcomes faster than hiring and training internally.
Data, analytics, and machine learning projects are complex, time-intensive, and can easily consume your internal resources. It’s essential to understand the scope of your project and objectives to develop an implementation strategy for success. A Snowflake partner can help you do just that in addition to the benefits mentioned above.
As a Snowflake Select Services Partner, Pandata Group provides cloud-based data analytics consulting and professional services to help you with every step of your data cloud journey. When you work with a Snowflake Partner like Pandata Group, you’ll have access to a Snowflake-certified team of industry experts for your data, analytics, and machine learning needs. Contact us today to schedule a call with a Data Cloud Advisor to discuss your data project.