Snowflake announced several key updates to services and tools that will benefit customers through the TEKsystems partnership
July 1, 2022 | By Devang Pandya and Shishir Shrivastava
TEKsystems Global Services, a Snowflake Elite Partner since 2019 and a global provider of business, technology and talent solutions, attended the Snowflake Summit 2022 with thousands of business and information technology leaders from around the world to discuss the data cloud, future of Snowflake and the exciting impact on customers. Frank Slootman, chairman and CEO of Snowflake, identified several areas Snowflake has focused on to innovate their services:
- Increase their data-sharing capabilities to bring all data together and keep organizations from reintroducing siloed data
- Enable Snowflake to do whatever customers need it to do
- Create a data cloud from a global perspective
- Develop new ways to make the Snowflake platform self-managed
- Bring programmability inside Snowflake’s platform
- Share databases through a marketplace to make data more accessible
- Find new ways to build businesses through data governance
We listened to leaders from across the industry to understand how Snowflake continues to increase their capabilities in the data cloud space and how advancements in their services will benefit businesses across the world, including our customers.
Check out our top five takeaways from the summit and discover how to harness the power of data by utilizing a partner ecosystem, increasing industry verticalization, focusing on cybersecurity and data governance, accessing a new development platform and implementing new solutions for app development. The insights share how customers can achieve data agility to digitally transform their businesses.
1. Increasing Data-Sharing Capabilities with the Partner Ecosystem
Snowflake continues to ease customers’ access to secured, successful and reliable data that can provide them with new revenue streams. The data-sharing capabilities increase through an integrated data stack that Snowflake’s partner ecosystem provides. TEKsystems Global Services simplifies the cloud migration process with a toolkit, combining all workloads and evolving as an integrated data stack for enterprises to remove friction from data analysis, thus optimizing Snowflake’s services for our customers.
2. Aligning Industries for Innovation and Competencies
With Snowflake’s pace of innovation increasing, customers have more available to them. And partners like us are here to deliver. Snowflake’s industry data clouds help customers achieve specific outcomes based on specific needs. For example, Snowflake launched the Retail Data Cloud to create specific solutions for the retail industry, and we were selected as a launch partner.
Partners must continue to innovate, modernize and automate to remain elite and allow their own customers to benefit from Snowflake.
The verticalization of Snowflake’s services helps partners achieve competencies and demonstrate their expertise to customers. We received Snowflake’s Financial Services Competency because we:
- Unlock new ways to transform the industry
- Accelerate data-driven business outcomes for customers
3. Pushing Toward Cybersecurity and Data Governance through Snowgrid
Snowflake focuses on data security and democratization to develop and implement stronger cybersecurity measures to combat the ever-evolving threat landscape. As part of the partnership ecosystem, all customers will pick third-party security applications that allow data to live securely on any Snowflake platform to meet business and security requirements.
Snowgrid connects several entities through a single platform that provides all parts of an organization the ability to discover, share and analyze data at once. Customers that use Snowgrid have access to up-to-date information that allows teams and employees to operate faster, improving time and cost efficiencies. Snowgrid has built-in governance controls that:
- Regulate data across the platform for employees
- Secure access to the data
- Connect shared data
- Leverage additional resources
4. Developing a New Machine-Learning Workload
Snowflake introduced Snowpark, a machine-learning workload that customers can use to write language directly in Snowflake’s platform. Snowpark supports Java, Python and Scala. This service enables developers, data engineers and data scientists to use the tools they need to build applications more effectively and efficiently.
Snowpark provides flexibility to customers and simplifies the development process, creating efficiencies and faster go-to-market speeds.
5. Creating an Ecosystem of Solutions for App Development, Powered by Snowflake
Snowflake engaged StreamLit to disrupt traditional application development. By engaging with Snowflake to build apps, customers can leverage Snowflake’s capabilities to achieve more solutions and have flexibility in the app development process.
Snowflake uses an agile methodology to develop the application. And customers, leveraging a partnership with TEKsystems Global Services, unlock an increased level of collaboration that helps them achieve their highest potential while developing apps.
The partner ecosystem provides customers several services to create efficiencies in their digital transformation strategy. Industry alignment, cybersecurity and data governance, new development platforms and a focus on building cloud native apps provide more tools to customers that modernize data and enable faster, more innovative data analysis. Snowflake’s continued improvements aid us in not only bringing legacy alignment to the cloud, but also understanding customer goals and core missions to develop and implement a data strategy that helps further that mission, as Slootman mentioned during his keynote.
About the Authors
Devang Pandya is a managing director for TEKsystems Global Services and is responsible for the global delivery of data analytics and insights.
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