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The Advantages of Using Snowflake for Your Business

Snowflake is a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics platform that provides a range of benefits for businesses of all sizes. It is designed to help organizations manage and analyze large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. Let’s explore the benefits of using the platform for your business, the cost of implementation, and the potential add-ons to purchase.  i4C has worked with private sector clients in Canada in implementing Snowflake into their business and we can help you understand if it could be the right platform for yours.

Benefits of Using Snowflake for Your Business: 

There are many benefits, but let’s start with 5…

1. Scalability: Snowflake is highly scalable, allowing businesses to scale up or down as needed based on their data requirements. This flexibility makes it an ideal platform for businesses of all sizes.

2. Speed: It provides fast query performance, even when working with large amounts of data. This speed can help business make data-driven decisions quickly and efficiently.

3. Security: Snowflake offers advanced security features, including end-to-end encryption and multi-factor authentication. This security helps businesses protect their data and comply with regulatory requirements.

4. Cost-effective: The platform offers a consumption-based pricing model, meaning businesses only pay for the data they use. This model can be more cost-effective than traditional data warehousing solutions.

5. Easy to use: Snowflake is easy to set up and use, with a user-friendly interface and simple administration tools. This ease of use can help businesses get up and running quickly and start analyzing their data in no time.


Cost of Implementation and Usage:

The cost of implementing the data cloud will depend on the size of your business and the amount of data you need to store and analyze. Snowflake offers a range of pricing plans to suit different needs, starting at $40 per month for the Standard plan and going up to $1,500 per month for the Enterprise plan.

Potential Add-Ons to Purchase:

In addition to the standard features offered, a variety of add-ons can be purchased to further enhance your data warehousing and analytics capabilities. This is always an important area to understand before the implementation to properly budget.  Some popular add-ons include:

1. Snowflake Data Marketplace: This add-on provides access to a range of pre-built data sets and data services, allowing businesses to quickly and easily access and analyze data from a variety of sources.

2. Snowflake Secure Data Sharing: This add-on provides secure data sharing capabilities, allowing businesses to share data with partners and customers while maintaining control over access and usage.

3. Snowflake Partner Connect: This add-on provides access to a range of Snowflake-certified partners, allowing businesses to easily find and connect with partners for additional services and solutions.

4. Snowflake Data Exchange: This add-on provides a platform for data providers to share data with other users of the platform, allowing businesses to easily find and access high-quality data sets.

While there are costs associated with implementing and customizing the data cloud, the potential benefits make it a worthwhile investment for many businesses. With a range of add-ons available to further enhance its capabilities, Snowflake can help businesses unlock the full potential of their data, whether it is currently housed on-premise or in the cloud.  There also integrations to be discussed such as Qlik and Talend.

i4C can help advise you about the best data strategy for your business, different technologies that can accelerate your transformation and complete any implementation and data migration process, contact us today for more information. We can do an initial discovery meeting over teams or zoom or at your office in Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto.