It’s been quite an exciting year for us here at Keboola and the biggest reason for that is our fantastic network of partners and customers -- and of course a huge thanks to our team! In the spirit of the season, we wanted to take a quick stroll down memory lane and give thanks for some of the big things we were able to be a part of and the people that helped us make them happen!
Probably the biggest news from a platform perspective this year came about two years after we first announced support for the “nextt” data warehouse called Amazon Redshift. At the time, it was a huge step in the right direction. We still use Redshift for some of our projects (typically due to data residency or tool choice) but this year we were thrilled to announce a partnership born in the cloud when we officially made the lightning fast and flexible Snowflake the database of choice behind our storage API and the primary option for our transformation engine. Not to get too far into the technical weeds (you can read the full post here,) but it has helped us deliver a ton of value to our clients (better elasticity and scale, huge performance improvement for concurrent data flows, better “raw” performance by our platform, more competitive pricing for our customers and best of all, some great friends!) Since our initial announcement, Snowflake joined us in better supporting our European customers by offering a cloud deployment hosted in the EU (Frankfurt!) We’re very excited to see how this relationship will continue to grow over the next year and beyond!
One of our favorite things to do as a team is participate in field events so we can get out in the data world and learn about the types of projects people work on, challenges they run into, and find out what’s new and exciting. It’s also a great chance for our team to spend some time together as we span the globe - sometimes Slack and Goto Meeting isn’t enough!
SeaTug in May
We had the privilege of teaming up with Slalom Consulting to co-host the Seattle Tableau User Group back in May. Anthony Gould was a gracious host, Frank Blau provided some great perspective on IoT data and of course Keboola’s own Milan Veverka dazzled the crowd with his demonstration focused on NLP and text analysis. Afterwards, we had the chance to grab a few cocktails, chat with some very interesting people and make a lot of new friends. This event spawned quite a few conversations around analytics projects; one of the coolest came from a group of University of Washington students who analyzed the sentiment of popular music using Keboola + Tableau Public (check it out.)