Snowplow 98 Argentomagus released

05 January 2018  •  Ben Fradet
We are pleased to announce the release of Snowplow R98 Argentomagus. This realtime pipeline release brings some critical security and quality-related improvements, new Scala Stream Collector capabilities plus the introduction of the four webhooks introduced in R97 Knossos’s to the realtime pipeline. The new features for the Scala Stream Collector were driven by community member Rick Bolkey from OneSpot - huge thanks Rick! Read on for more information on R98 Argentomagus, named after the ancient...

Snowflake DB and the future of Snowplow storage targets

05 January 2018  •  Anthony Mandelli
Recently, we announced one of our most major updates to the Snowplow platform- support for the Snowflake Computing database solution. The ability to load your Snowplow data directly into Snowflake DB has been a much requested feature, with many of our users either already utilizing Snowflake for part of their data stack or eager to migrate to this newly available database. Snowflake has, for a long time now, been growing in popularity for its rapid...

Snowplow Snowflake DB Loader released

28 December 2017  •  Anton Parkhomenko
We are tremendously excited to announce the first public release of the Snowplow Snowflake Loader. Snowflake is a cloud-native data warehouse that has been rapidly growing in popularity. It competes with Amazon’s own Redshift and Google’s BigQuery, as well as other analytical database technologies like Teradata, Vertica and Exasol. Collectively, these database technologies have made working with high volumes of rich, granular data, like Snowplow generates, significantly easier and more manageable by making it cost...

Iglu R7 Treskilling Yellow released

27 December 2017  •  Oguzhan Unlu
We are pleased to announce a new Iglu release, R7 Treskilling Yellow, bringing the codebase up-to-date and preparing it for some significant releases going forwards. Iglu Core overhaul for Scala developers New linters for igluctl users A custom format, date, for JSON Schema v4 Other updates Getting Help Read on for more information on Release 7 Treskilling Yellow, named after a Swedish postage stamp of which only one example is known to exist: 1. Iglu...

Snowplow Mini 0.4.0 released

21 December 2017  •  Enes Aldemir
We are pleased to announce the 0.4.0 release of Snowplow Mini, our accessible “Snowplow in a box” distribution. Snowplow Mini is the complete Snowplow real-time pipeline running on a single instance, available for easy deployment as a pre-built AMI. Use it to: Set up an inexpensive and easily discardable Snowplow stack for testing your tracker and schema changes Learn about Snowplow without having to set up a horizontally-scalable, highly-available production-grade pipeline This release focuses on...

Snowplow R97 Knossos released with support for four new webhooks

18 December 2017  •  Konstantinos Servis
We are excited to announce the release of Snowplow R97 Knossos, named Knossos (Greek: Κνωσός) after the palace at the nexus of the Minoan civilization, which was one of the earliest major Grecian civilizations (17th century BCE). This release is primarily about supporting four new webhook sources, but it also contains other small improvements for the Snowplow batch pipeline. We are initially adding support for these webhooks to the batch pipeline; support for these webhooks...

GDPR compliance in digital analytics and how we want to help

14 December 2017  •  Anthony Mandelli
In May of 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, widely known as GDPR, officially goes into effect. For those unfamiliar, GDPR is a set of European regulations that builds on the Data Protection Act, designed specifically to empower ‘data subjects’ with new rights over their data. The pervasiveness of digital advertising and data collection have led to a feeling of unease among many individuals. When browsing the internet, users often have little to no idea...

The importance of face-to-face for remote teams

11 December 2017  •  Anthony Mandelli
Tucked away in a labyrinthian apartment building above a cafe in Prague, the Snowplow Analytics team met to reflect on the past year and turn our eyes to the future. We are a global team, distributed around the world, and during Away Week we come together to see old friends, greet new team members, and work together to help keep Snowplow Analytics evolving. We had team members come from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia,...

Don't be a hammer

01 December 2017  •  Anthony Mandelli
I had a professor back in college who started class with an exercise that forever altered my way of thinking. The class was on design thinking and how we could apply it to creative problem solving (and vice versa). The first day we met, the students trickled into the classroom and selected seats at round tables, each with a pile of blank name tags and a rainbow of colored markers. It was all very standard:...

Snowplow 96 Zeugma released with NSQ support

21 November 2017  •  Enes Aldemir
We are pleased to announce the release of Snowplow 96 Zeugma. This release brings initial support for using NSQ with the Snowplow real-time pipeline, as an alternative to Amazon Kinesis or Apache Kafka. Read on for more information on R96 Zeugma, named after an ancient city of Commagene located in southeastern Anatolia: Supporting NSQ Setting up NSQ Scala Stream Collector and NSQ Stream Enrich and NSQ Other NSQ releases Upgrading Roadmap Help 1. Supporting NSQ...