Snowflake Consulting Services

Snowflake is a modern solution to the many data challenges that have emerged over the last few decades as the quantity of data available and our reliance on it has increased. Partner with us to build your data-driven future with Snowflake.

Snowflake Consulting Services

Snowflake is a modern solution to the many data challenges that have emerged over the last few decades as the quantity of data available and our reliance on it has increased. Partner with us to build your data-driven future with Snowflake.
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Expert Snowflake consultants to drive your growth

If you are evaluating Snowflake as a possible data cloud platform, you are probably aware of some of the transformative advantages it can bring. If you are just looking for a solution to the many modern challenges a data architecture decision can bring, you are almost certainly considering Snowflake as a serious option. 

Snowflake can effectively tackle all of the modern data challenges in a practical and straightforward manner. It can integrate with your business processes rather than forcing you to change them, and successful integration can be delivered incrementally.

We stand by your side on your Snowflake journey, whether you are migrating, creating or curating your data, traditional warehousing, BI reporting or a new AI solution.

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Innovation built on data

Our experts excel at solving data-driven challenges, ensuring your data works for you, not against you.

The Virtual Forge offers a range of services to support you on your Snowflake journey.

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Snowflake consulting services

We can advise you on the pros and cons of Snowflake for your specific use case. By understanding  your long term and short term aims, we can help build up a strategic road map and a business use case.

Snowflake implementation and development

Our experts can guide you through implementation plans, identifying potential pitfalls and costs. Cloud pricing can be complex, but we break it down to help you understand the actual expenses.

If you're already on your Snowflake journey, our consultants support technical implementation and development, including integration with AWS and Azure services, workload optimisation, and building applications within Snowflake for tasks or tools for your teams.

Map out data workflows

Snowflake consultants can help map out data workflows for the most efficient results. An historical approach of aggregating everything into a star schema warehouse might be the right thing , but it might not be. A virtualised data lake might be the best tool for you to achieve your ever expanding data needs at a much smaller up-front cost. We can advise and implement this for you - small incremental and demonstrable projects that deliver real value in a robust platform.

Redefine data with Snowflake

So ... what makes Snowflake so powerful?

Industry Leading Platform

Snowflake is the industry leading data platform, developed with a cloud-native approach, which allows the separation of storage and compute resources to create real flexibility in the workloads it can handle. No longer are you tied to a single paradigm for both real-time and aggregated data analysis.

With Snowflake, the cost model allows you to offset the  more expensive requirement of one use case (rapid minute by minute data) against  the lower cost use cases of the other (I need a report on a daily basis!).

Data Virtualisation

Snowflake also allows data virtualisation through its powerful data sharing tools.

This means that data can be accessed across an organisation without ever moving it from ‘where it lives’. No  huge ETLs aggregating into a single hard to maintain warehouse, just highly-governed access when and where you need it. 

Zero-Copy Cloning

Snowflake's zero-copy cloning enables the creation of a new database instance that shares the original data's storage. This feature is valuable for development, testing, and creating various dataset versions, serving the needs of both traditional and machine-learning workloads.

Fully secure data

Snowflake is built with regulated environments in mind: providing robust security features, including encryption at rest and in transit, role-based access control, and auditing capabilities (and don't forget the data virtualisation: you control who sees what and when!) 

Embrace the future and start your data-driven journey with us today.

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Why The Virtual Forge?

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Tools & Technologies

We have the capability to deliver the best visualization solution for your technology setting. With our proficiency in various visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BIQlik, or QuickSight, we can work within various technological ecosystems and provide the professional assurance you require from your data partner.

Our approach is pragmatic. Our goal is the delivery of accurate and effective data dashboards that will integrate seamlessly into your existing operations and help reduce the cost often associated with the effort behind the manual production of traditional BI solutions.

It's a winter wonderland

Snowflake is designed to accommodate your familiarity with the tools and languages you already know.

Our Snowflake consulting services offer the flexibility for teams to take over and manage what we've developed, or we can collaborate on development. Additionally, we provide end-to-end development and support as a managed service.

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Customers of varying scales and industries consistently rely on The Virtual Forge’s data-driven custom software solutions to expand their businesses. Find out more about how this works in practice, and have a look at some of our case studies, covering a diverse range of projects. We are proud of our work, and you can now see why.

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FAQs

How long does it take to execute an AI project?

The time required to execute an AI project can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the problem, the availability and quality of data, the scope of the project, and the specific requirements. Some AI projects can be completed in a matter of weeks, while others may take several months or longer. It is crucial to thoroughly analyse the project requirements, assess the data availability, and develop a comprehensive project plan to estimate the timeline accurately.

How do I know that I need AI to solve my problem?

If you are facing challenges that involve processing large amounts of data, identifying complex patterns, making predictions, automating tasks, or improving decision-making based on data-driven insights, AI may be a suitable solution. Consulting with our experts can help assess your specific problem and determine if AI is the right approach to address it effectively.

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that can perform tasks, learn, and make decisions. Machine Learning (ML) is a subset of AI that focuses on enabling machines to learn and improve from data without being explicitly programmed.

Will a visualisation-centric approach to data alienate our users who prefer Excel-based “data-brick” reporting?

This can admittedly be a tough sell, and a barrier to adoption - no matter how you try to meet the needs of your entire user base, there are some who prefer their own self-directed analysis, typically based on large Excel-like tables. The good news is that, to some degree, all modern BI platforms support the generation of CSV or Excel-based extracts, up to and including the entire data model. In that sense, BI platforms allow users to continue exploration beyond the page’s visuals so no one is, in effect, left out.

How do I choose a BI platform for data visualisation?

Choosing a BI platform can be difficult, since on the surface, they all achieve the same outcome.

That said, your technology stack and data ecosystem will play a significant role in your choice. If, for instance, you are a 100% Microsoft business, we’d likely recommend Power BI. If you have a large Salesforce.com user base, we’d suggest Tableau CRM.

Often enough though, enterprises cross multiple systems and methods for capturing and storing data, so the choice often comes down to which platform is the most appealing, both in terms of visual output and capabilities, and price. At The Virtual Forge, we tend to stay platform-agnostic when entering a new situation in order to find the best fit that meets the majority of your needs.

Will I need to purchase licensing for a BI platform?

Typically, most BI platforms offer some sort of trial period to “test drive” the tool. Some, like Power BI, allow you to create and publish dashboards and reports without any additional licensing, though at some point, in order to be able to easily share and collaborate, licensing will definitely be required. Once you’ve reached that point, the level of licensing will vary depending on the size of your intended audience, as well as platform-specific considerations. 

Will my data need cleansing and preparation for reporting?

In general, the answer is almost always “yes”, though to what extent varies by situation.

There’s always some degree of cleansing and preparation, though the scope of that effort depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed.

If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it’s very likely that little to no preparation is necessary.

By contrast, if the sources are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it’s very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.

Will I need a data warehouse prior to building dashboards?

While a data warehouse should be considered an integral part of any enterprise-wide analytics solution, it’s not necessarily a pre-requisite to be up and running on most BI platforms.

Modern BI solutions, to varying degrees depending on the platform, have incorporated at least some level of data pipelines, transformations, and cleansing, functions typically carried out in the traditional warehouse.

While the data warehouse is the more complete solution, these platforms are designed to get you started exploring your data quickly, which is great news for smaller businesses or teams where a full-blown warehouse isn’t financially feasible.

What are dashboards, and why are they essential for any business?

A dashboard is a user-friendly interface that displays critical information and data in a visual format (bar graphs, pie charts, heat maps, scatter plots, etc.). The purpose of a dashboard is to provide quick and easy access to key metrics, data, and insights that help inform decision-making and drive business performance. Dashboards can be designed to display a wide range of data from multiple sources, including real-time updates, historical trends, and predictive analytics.

Data Dashboards become essential by providing real-time insights, improve communication, increase productivity, and enable data-driven decision-making. They can be customised to meet the specific needs of your business, providing a single source of truth for decision making.

By linking dashboards to particular metrics or KPIs, you gain critical business intelligence and the capability to delve into specific pieces of information, enabling you to continuously track your progress.

How much cleansing and preparation will the data require?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question - it depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed. If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it's very likely that little to no data preparation is necessary. By contrast, if the data sources used are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it's very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.

What is the role of Power BI Consultants?

Put simply, a Power BI consultant is an expert in the field with a situation-dependent, malleable role. Through years of experience on the data platform side, a Power BI consultant has acquired the knowledge to fulfill many roles: data modeler, visual designer, advisor, and trainer. Above all, a Power BI specialist has learned to listen to you, and to assume the role that best meets your needs.

Who is Power BI Consulting Services for?

Whether you're just starting out in Power BI, encountered a seemingly intractable problem, or simply need an expert to review your implementation, , and data models, Power BI experts and consulting services exist to help you meet your unique needs efficiently and with minimal investment in time and manpower.

What is Fabric?

Fabric is the latest innovation from Microsoft, with the aim of establishing an all-in-one, tightly integrated analytics platform. It encompasses ETL pipelines, data warehousing, AI capabilities, and visualisation via Power BI in a single scalable package.

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a best-in-class analytics tool, designed to deliver an end-to-end analytics solution, from data ingestion and cleansing, to data model design, to the delivery of beautiful and informative visuals, all wrapped in an intuitive, easy-to-use package.

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