Snowplow Meetup Amsterdam #3 was all about personalisation across the customer journey

08 May 2017  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
We were delighted to be running our third Snowplow Meetup in Amsterdam on April 5th and lucky to have speakers from de Bijenkorf and Greenhouse Group alongside our co-founder Alex Dean. Such a compelling ensemble of speakers resulted in a great turnout and lots of interesting questions from the audience. It was great to connect with the Amsterdam community of analytics practitioners, digital agencies and data scientists. It’s always exciting to connect with our community...

Insights from the first Snowplow meetup in Brazil

03 May 2017  •  Bernardo Srulzon
This is a guest blog post by Bernardo Srulzon, Business Intelligence lead at GetNinjas and a Snowplow enthusiast since 2015. In this post, Bernardo shares his insights from our first Snowplow meetup in São Paulo, which took place on April 19th. Many thanks to Bernardo for sharing his thoughts with this post and to Getninjas for hosting our meetup! If you have a story to share, feel free to get in touch. It was a...

Snowplow at GDC: why gaming companies don’t need to build their own event data pipeline

18 April 2017  •  Yali Sassoon
We at Snowplow were very excited to be invited by AWS to this year’s Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. We both presented at the AWS Developer Day and demoed Snowplow at the AWS stand. Snowplow presentation at GDC Alex Dean, my cofounder, and I were delighted to speak at the AWS Developer Day. You can view our presentation, “Open Source Game Analytics Powered by AWS”, below. And the slides by themselves: Snowplow: open...

Snowplow Analytics gets nod at MeasureCamp London

03 April 2017  •  Dilyan Damyanov
It was a busy Saturday in Pimlico as hundreds descended on the area for the 10th edition of MeasureCamp London on 25 March. My colleague Diogo and I were there representing Snowplow’s Analytics team. The dozens of sessions that attendees delivered as part of the event were heavily dominated by topics around Google Analytics and its suite of accompanying tools and services. But open-source platforms such as Snowplow got their fair share of shout outs....

Sigfig and Weebly talk at second Snowplow Meetup San Francisco

24 February 2017  •  Yali Sassoon
Last night we were delighted to host our second Snowplow Meetup San Francisco, at the lovely Looker offices. The event kicked off with a talk from Sigfig’s Benny Wijatno and Jenna Lemonias. Benny and Jenna gave an overview of Sigfig, before exploring how they use Snowplow to answer a wide variety of questions related to customer acquisition. Snowplow at Sigfig Weebly’s Audrey Carstensen and Bo Han followed up with an overview of how Snowplow is...

Snowplow away week in Berlin

20 February 2017  •  Giuseppe Gaviani
Some of the Snowplow team works remotely, so last November the team went on an away week in Berlin to rekindle the team spirit on occasion of our third Snowplow Meetup in Berlin. Team members travelled from far and wide from four countries - Russia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom, - to convene in Berlin. Here is some of the things the team did on their away week… It started with a session about...

Snowplow Meetup London Number 4: a roundup

15 February 2017  •  Giuseppe Gaviani
Our fourth Snowplow London Meetup took place on February the 8th at CodeNode. It was a fun and informative event with around 60 people attending, great talks and lots of interesting questions from the audience. We have filmed the talks, which you can watch in the links below, along with the presentation slides. How Gousto is moving to the real-time pipeline to enable just-in-time personalization Why Snowplow is at the heart of Busuu’s data and...

A look ahead at where the Snowplow team will be and upcoming events

01 February 2017  •  Giuseppe Gaviani
If you wonder where the Snowplow team will be in the next few months, here is a list of upcoming events, which we are excited to announce. Snowplow Meetup London number 4 Our London Snowplow Meetup #4 will take place at 6.30 pm on February the 8th, at CodeNode. In addition to a talk from one of the Snowplow team, we have two fantastic speakers lined up: Dejan Petelin, senior data scientist at Gousto, will...

Roundup of Snowplow Meetup Berlin Number 3

31 January 2017  •  Giuseppe Gaviani
The third Snowplow Meetup Berlin took place on November the 16th at Betahaus. The turnout was great with about 100 people attending. We have filmed the talks, which you can watch in the links below, along with the presentation slides. Below is a list and a description of the talks. Why JustWatch adopted Snowplow and what they learned along the way How Incuda builds user journey models with Snowplow Turning insights into action with Sauna...

3rd Snowplow Meetup Berlin in less than two weeks!

03 November 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
On the 16th of November 19:00 we are having another exciting Berlin meetup @ Betahaus. You’ll get a chance to hear all about Sauna, our new open-source product and listen to what our clients are building in the audience segmentation space with Snowplow data. Now for the cherry on top, the whole Snowplow team will be there. We have linedup some fantastic speakers: Dominik Raute and Christoph Hoyer from JustWatch will talk about how the...

Asynchronous micro-services and Crunch Budapest 2016

30 October 2016  •  Alex Dean
At Snowplow we have been firm supporters of the Hungarian data and BI scene for several years, and so it was great to be invited to speak at the Crunch conference in Budapest earlier this month. I gave a talk at Crunch on asynchronous micro-services and the unified log - a new twist on a theme that I have been developing in my book Unified Log Processing. This blog post will briefly cover: Asynchronous micro-services...

The Snowplow Meetup New York Number 2 - a recap

27 October 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
On September 22nd, the second Snowplow Meetup London took place at the fabulous Canary office in Manhatten. I wasn’t able to make the event but I’m very lucky that Alex, Idan and Christophe made sure the talks were filmed. You can view them below: Introducing Sauna: our new decisioning and response platform Snowplow at Canary: why and how Snowplow is used at Canary Using Snowplow to enable product analytics at Animoto Event data modeling Huge...

Schema registries and Strata + Hadoop World NYC 2016

23 October 2016  •  Alex Dean
In late September the Snowplow team attended Strata + Hadoop World in New York City. It was a great opportunity to check in on the US data science and engineering scenes, and I was pleased to also have the opportunity to give a talk on schema registries. In this blog post we will briefly cover: What Crimean War gunboats teach us about the need for schema registries Alex’s session picks Christophe’s session picks Some closing...

The third Snowplow Meetup London was all about Real-Time!

23 September 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
The third Snowplow Meetup London take place last Wednesday evening. The event was focused on real-time event data processing. It’s been more than two and a half years since we started working on the Snowplow real-time pipeline and it is great that in the last few months usage of that technology has really started to sky rocket! Simply Business’s Dani Sola kicked the event off with a look at how Simply Business use their real-time...

Snowplow at Measurecamp London September 2016 - a recap

15 September 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Last Saturday, Christophe, Alex and myself were at Measurecamp London. It has been great watching Measurecamp grow from humble roots in with the first London event 4 years ago to something that really is a global phenomenon. In that time a real digital analytics community has formed and spread: there are events all over the world. It’s been great seeing the level of discussion and analytic sophistication rise event-on-event. We built Snowplow because we’re passionate...

Second Snowplow Meetup NYC scheduled for September

07 September 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
On the 26th September at 18:00 we’ll have another NYC meetup. The kind folks at canary have invited us to hold the meetup at their offices. Not only that, but they’re putting on some food and drinks. In this meetup you’ll have a chance to hear what some of our mobile only clients are doing with their data. For that we have four incredible speakers: Licoln Ritter and Stevie Clifton from Animoto will have a...

Third Snowplow Meetup London scheduled for September

02 September 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
On the 21st September we’ll be hosting our third London meetup taking place at Skills Matter \ Code Node (Shift Room) from 18:30-21:45. In this meetup you’ll have a chance to hear real people, doing real stuff with real time. We’ll also talk about our latest developments and our vision in the real time space. To do that, we have three great speakers: Dani Sola from Simply Business will talk about the near real time...

A roundup of recent Snowplow Meetups in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Tel-Aviv

05 August 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
It has been a busy summer at Snowplow. We’ve done a number of meetups in some of our favorite cities around the world but failed (until now) to write them up on the website, so apologies - it is very important for us to share talks, slides and insights with the broader Snowplow community. Let us rectify that now! Amsterdam Meetup: May 2016 We had a great crowd turn out for the event at the...

How we're reinventing digital analytics at Snowplow: presentation to the DA Hub Europe

25 July 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Last month I was very fortunate to speak at the DA Hub Europe, as part of their •Emerging Technology Showcase*. For those who haven’t been lucky enough to attend this event, it is a brilliant opportunity to discuss, debate with and learn from some of the smartest people in Digital Analytics in Europe. Snowplow at DA Hub emerging technology showcase from yalisassoon I used the talk as an opportunity to share some of our broader...

The first Snowplow Meetup Tel-Aviv scheduled for July

11 May 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
It gives us great pleasure to announce our first Snowplow meetup in Tel-Aviv. The event will take place on the 11th July in central Tel-Aviv (Location to be finalised) and will kick off at 6:00pm. The talks will start at 6:30pm. We plan on having three talks, 20 minutes each. We look forward to talks from: Yali Sassoon, cofounder at Snowplow, will give an overview of Snowplow, before discussing some of the analytics trends we...

The second Snowplow Meetup London scheduled for June

06 May 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
We are extremely excited to announce our second London meetup taking place at Skills Matter \ Code Node (Backspace Room) on the 15th June from 18:30-21:45. We have three incredible speakers, doing great things with their Snowplow data: Thomas in’t Veld - Lead data scientist @ Peak Jorge Bastida - Head of Development @ Streetlife Andrew Shakespeare - Business Intelligence Manage @ Finery London More details to follow, sign up today! And yes, we’ll have...

The inaugural Snowplow Meetup Boston is a wrap!

21 April 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Two weeks ago, hot on the heals of the Snowplow Meetup New York, Snowplow users in Boston convened on the Carbonite offices for the first Snowplow Meetup Boston. We had two early Snowplow adopters talk about what they were doing with Snowplow. First, Rob Johnson discussed how Carbonite has become progressively more sophisticated in their use of data analytics, and the role Snowplow has played in supporting that evolution. Analytics at Carbonite: presentation to Snowplow...

The inaugural Snowplow Meetup New York is a wrap!

20 April 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Three weeks ago Snowplow users based in New York convened on the TripAdvisor offices for the first Snowplow Meetup New York. We had four speakers from Snowplow, Oyster.com and Viewbix. I kicked off the event with a brief overview of the history of Snowplow and a look forward to the key areas of development for the Snowplow platform going forwards. Snowplow: where we came from and where we are going - March 2016 Ben Hoyt...

The second Snowplow Meetup Berlin scheduled for May

14 April 2016  •  Idan Ben-Yaacov
It gives us great pleasure to announce another Snowplow meetup in Berlin co-organised with LeROI set for the 24th May. This is our second visit to Berlin following a successful meetup we had back in August. The event will take place at Betahaus (in the cafe) and will kick off at 6:30pm. The talks will start at 7:00pm. We plan on giving an uber quick intro to Snowplow and LeROI and then give the stage...

The second Snowplow Meetup Amsterdam scheduled for May

21 March 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Following on from the first Snowplow Meetup Amsterdam last year, we are organising a second for Thursday May 19th. The event will be held at the Impact Hub from 6pm. We’ll have pizza, beers, and a two to three speakers. I’ll give one talk, giving: An overview of Snowplow Examples of some of the interesting things our users are doing with their data A peak at some of the features we’re planning on rolling out...

The inaugural Snowplow Budapest Meetup is a wrap!

19 February 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Two and a half weeks ag ago the Snowplow team was out in the beautiful city of Budapest for the inaugural Snowplow Meetup Budapest. The event was kicked off with an awesome presentation from Gabor Ratky, CTO at Secret Sauce Partners, one of our earliest adopters. Gabor discussed the journey that the Secret Sauce team had been on, and how they came to Snowplow after trying a number of alternatives including Mixpanel, Kissmetrics and building...

Snowplow Meetups set for New York and Boston this spring!

27 January 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Hot off the heels of last month’s Snowplow Meetup Sydney and next month’s Snowplow Meetup Budapest, we are very excited to announce Snowplow Meetups in March in New York and Boston. The New York Meetup will take place on March 30th at the TripAdvisor offices. We’ve got Animoto’s Criz Posadas to talking about Snowplow at Animoto, and Ben Hoyt of Oyster.com will talk about how they came to Snowplow, how they set it up (configuration...

Bauer and Digdeep presentations from the second Snowplow Analytics Sydney meetup

12 January 2016  •  Yali Sassoon
Last month Josh returned to Sydney, where he organised the second Snowplow Analytics Meetup Sydney event. Simon Rumble kicked off the event with a detailed presentation (and demo): Snowplow drives everything we do. You can view Simon’s presentation below, or the original Google Doc here. Simon described the Snowplow journey that Bauer Australia had gone on, from using it as an experimental tool to using it at the heart of their dashboarding, analytics, trending and...

Inaugural Snowplow Meetup Budapest set for February 2nd 2016

23 November 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
We are enormously excited to announce that the first Snowplow Meetup Budapest has been scheduled for February 2nd, 2016. You can sign up here. The event is being hosted by the awesome team at Secret Sauce Partners. The Secret Sauce team have been long time Snopwlow users: as well as hosting the event they will be speaking about their Snowplow story and plans going forwards, including diving into how they use Snowplow for A/B testing...

Unified Log London 4 on Apache ZooKeeper and analytics on write with AWS Lambda

13 November 2015  •  Alex Dean
Last week we held the fourth Unified Log London meetup here in London. As always, huge thanks to Simone Basso and the Just Eat team for hosting us in their offices and keeping us all fed with pizza and beer! More on the event after the jump: There were two talks at the meetup: Flavio Junqueira from Confluent and an Apache ZooKeeper PMC member and contributor, gave an excellent talk introducing ZooKeeper I gave a...

The second Snowplow meetup in Sydney set for December 15

10 November 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
We are enormous excited to announce that the second Snowplow Analytics meetup Sydney will take place on December 15th. Sign up today! Final details are still being confirmed. However, we can already announce two awesome speakers: Simon Rumble, Head of Data, Analytics and CRM at Bauer Media Australia, and Narbeh Yousefian, cofounder at Digdeep digital, will both be giving talks. Both are incredibly knowledge about Snowplow and the digital analytics space in general. The event...

The Crunch Practical Big Data Conference Budapest was awesome - thank you!

09 November 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
A couple of weeks ago I was very lucky to attend, and speak at Crunch Conference, a practical big data conference in Budapest, organised by the folks at Ustream and Prezi, and headlined by some of the titans of the data industry, including Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop (not to mention Lucene and Nutch) and Martin Kleppmann, the creator of Samza. Emerging best practices in event data pipelines Being invited to speak gave me...

The inaugural Snowplow meetup in San Francisco is a wrap!

22 October 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
Just over two weeks ago I met with 50 Snowplow users and prospective users at Tilt’s gorgeous offices in San Francisco for the first Snowplow meetup to take place in San Francisco. There we were very privilaged to hear three fantastic talks: from Pete O’Leary at Chefsfeed, Jackson Wang from Tilt and Nora Paymer from StumbleUpon. Chefsfeed’s Pete O’Leary opened the event with a detailed look at how the Chefsfeed team use Snowplow to understand...

The first Snowplow meetup in San Francisco announced!

04 September 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
We are super excited to announce the first Snowplow meetup in San Francisco, this October. Exact details, including date and talk topics, are still to be finalized. I can reveal that: It will be hosted by our friends at Tilt.com It will take place one evening on the week beginning October 5th We’ll have talks from people at Tilt and Chefsfeed To keep up to date with the details as they’re finalized, please sign up...

The inaugural Snowplow Meetup Berlin is a wrap!

19 August 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
On Tuesday evening last week, the first Snowplow Meetup Berlin event took place at Betahaus. Over 60 people turned up to listen to three talks: Sixtine Vervial at Goeuro walked through a methodology for measuring the ROI of TV campaigns using event-level data Christian Schäfer at Sparwelt discussed how to model Snowplow data in Redshift, including a SQL deep dive Christian Lubash at LeROI gave an overview of the role Snowplow can play in broader...

The inaugural Snowplow meetup in Berlin event to take place on August 11

10 July 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
I am really delighted to announce the first Snowplow meetup in Berlin will be taking place on August 11th. We’ve now had Snowplow meetups in London, Sydney and Amsterdam. These events have been great because Snowplow users tend to be very sophisticated data consumers - so the meetups provide a good opportunity to share ideas and approaches to answering questions with event-level data, as well as a good forum to debate different analytic and technical...

Unified Log London 3 with Apache Kafka and Samza at State

28 May 2015  •  Alex Dean
Last week we held the third Unified Log London meetup here in London. Huge thanks to Just Eat for hosting us in their offices and keeping us all fed with pizza and beer! More on the event after the jump: There were two talks at the meetup: I gave a recap on the Unified Log “manifesto” for new ULPers, with my regular presentation on “Why your company needs a Unified Log” Mischa Tuffield, CTO at...

The inaugural Snowplow meetup in Amsterdam is a wrap!

19 May 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
Last week Christophe and I headed over to Amsterdam for the first Snowplow meetup in Amsterdam. About 50 data scientists, engineers and analysts joined us at the beautiful Travelbird offices to share ideas and approaches to driving value from Snowplow data. We were very lucky to have three excellent speakers. Niels Reijmer and Andrei Scorus led with a talk about how de Bijenkorf use Snowplow to collect event-level data to generate more detailed customer-level reporting,...

Snowplow meetup set for Amsterdam, May 13th

07 April 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
Hot on the heels of the Snowplow meetups in London and Sydney in earlier this year, we are delighted to announce the first Snowplow meetup in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. One of my favorite things about working at Snowplow is that we have some very data-sophisticated users around the world, and I learn an enormous amount from them every day. The meetup groups are a great place for users to come, share what they’re...

Snowplow at the Data Insights meetup in Cambridge

05 April 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
I was very fortunate to be invited to speak at the Data Insights Cambridge last week, where I gave a talk describing our evolving thinking about event data at Snowplow. The slides I presented are below. The Data Insights meetup group is fantastic group with members working with data in a diverse set of industries and roles. It made for some very interesting questions and discussions after. Big thanks to Sobia for organising the event...

Inaugural Snowplow meetup London - a recap

11 February 2015  •  Yali Sassoon
This time last week we held the inaugural Snowplow London meetup. Roughly 50 Snowplow users turned up to listen to two fantastic presentations from Simply Business and Metail on the role Snowplow plays in their data architecture and how they use their Snowplow data. The talks were incredibly interesting, so I’m keen to share them with the wider Snowplow community. I’m also very eager to get feedback so that we can build on this start...

Building robust data pipelines in Scala - Session at Scala eXchange, December 2014

17 December 2014  •  Alex Dean
It was great to have the opportunity to speak at Scala eXchange last week in London on the topic of “Building robust data pipelines in Scala: the Snowplow experience”. It was my first time speaking at a conference dedicated to Scala - and it was fantastic to see such widespread adoption of Scala in the UK and Europe. It was also great meeting up with Snowplow users and contributors face-to-face for the first time! Many...

Snowplow meetups announced in London and Sydney

08 December 2014  •  Yali Sassoon
One of the best things about working at Snowplow is that it gives us the opportunity to work with some of the smartest companies in data. Snowplow attracts users who by definition are pushing event data beyond the limits imposed by traditional web and mobile analytics tools. Having and working with such a smart userbase means we get to learn from them every day. It’s no surprise then that it was our users, rather than...

Modeling event data in Looker - the Snowplow presentation from Look&Tell London, November 2014

07 December 2014  •  Yali Sassoon
Last month the Looker team flew into London for their inaugural Look&Tell London. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to speak at the event. In my presentation I walked through, at a high-level, how Snowplow works with Looker, and the critical data modelling steps that occur in LookML, in particular. My slides are below: I look forward to the next Looker event in London! Update: video now available The folks at Looker...

London NoSQL talk on Snowplow

19 November 2014  •  Alex Dean
It was great to have the opportunity to talk at London NoSQL earlier this week on Snowplow’s journey from NoSQL to SQL, and then back to a hybrid model supporting multiple storage targets. Many thanks to Couchbase developer evangelist Matthew Revell for inviting me! My talk took us through Snowplow’s journey from using NoSQL (via Amazon S3 and Hive), to columnar storage (via Amazon Redshift and PostgreSQL), and most recently to a mixed model of...

Span Conference and Why your company needs a Unified Log

02 November 2014  •  Alex Dean
It was great to have the opportunity to speak at Span Conference this week in London on the topic of “Why your company needs a Unified Log”. Span is a single-track developer conference about scaling, organized by Couchbase developer evangelist Matthew Revell; Tuesday’s was the inaugural Span and it was great to be a part of it. Below the fold I will (briefly) cover: Why your company needs a Unified Log My highlights from Span...

Berlin trip round-up

29 September 2014  •  Alex Dean
Yali and I are back from the Snowplow team’s trip to Berlin - it was a great visit, seeing plenty of new and old faces alike. Below the fold I will (briefly) cover: Wednesday: startups roundtable and DAALA Thursday: co-up and Big Data Beers Thoughts on the Berlin ecosystem and our next visit 1. Wednesday: startups roundtable and DAALA We started Wednesday with a Snowplow technology roundtable with some of Berlin’s large consumer startups, huge...

The Snowplow team will be in the Bay Area and Seattle in October - get in touch if you'd like to meet

25 September 2014  •  Alex Dean
I (Alex) will be in the Bay Area and Seattle for two weeks starting from Monday 6th October, visiting Snowplow customers, users and partners. If you’re interested in meeting up to discuss Snowplow, event analytics or unified log processing more generally, I’d love to arrange a meeting! I will be based in San Francisco from Monday October 6th, then flying up to Seattle early on the 15th, staying there for the rest of the week....

Come and meet the Snowplow team this September in Berlin

03 September 2014  •  Yali Sassoon
Both Alex and I will be in Berlin for two events later this September. I’ll be giving a talk at at September’s DAALA Berlin on September 24th, a monthly digital analytics event organised by Matthias Bettag. I will give an overview of the Snowplow platform, both from an analytical and technical point of view, followed by a talk from Christian Lubasch, from LeROI Marketing, who will cover how he worked with the team at GoEuro...

Budapest Data round-up

13 June 2014  •  Alex Dean
So the Budapest Data event (aka Budapest DW Forum) is over for another year - a huge thanks to Bence Arató and the whole team for organizing another excellent conference! In this blog post I want to share my two talks and my “Zero to Hadoop” workshop with the wider Snowplow community. Continuous data processing with Kinesis at Snowplow My first talk was on the Wednesday afternoon, where I spoke about our process of porting...

The Snowplow team will be in Berlin and Budapest in June - get in touch if you'd like to meet

20 May 2014  •  Yali Sassoon
The Snowplow team will be visiting both Berlin and Budapest this June. If you’d like to meet with us, then get in touch! Budapest Datawarehousing Forum Alex will be giving a talk at the Budapest DW Forum on Thursday 5th June on our experiences building real time data processing infrastructure on Amazon Kinesis. His talk will cover: “Hero” use cases for event streaming Buildin a lambda architecture with Kinesis and EMR Moving form a batch...

Introduction to Snowplow - Talk at Big Data and Data Science Israel

24 March 2014  •  Alex Dean
I was delighted to speak at the Big Data & Data Science Israel in Herzliya Pituach last night, giving an introduction to Snowplow as an open source web and event analytics platform. Huge thanks to Asaf Birenzvieg of Zaponet: Data Science Solutions for organizing the meetup, and to Microsoft ILDC for hosting. Asaf and Zaponet are doing a great job building the data meetup community in the Tel Aviv area - I would strongly encourage...

LSUG talk - Building data processing apps in Scala, the Snowplow experience

05 March 2014  •  Alex Dean
I was delighted to speak at the London Scala Users’ Group (LSUG) last night about our experiences at Snowplow building data processing pipelines in Scala. It was a great turnout, and there were plenty of excellent questions afterwards showing that a large slice of the users’ group have had overlapping data processing experiences. Many thanks to Andy Hicks of the London Scala Users’ Group for organizing, and to Skills Matter for hosting! More on the...

Inaugural meetup of the Amazon Kinesis - London User Group

30 January 2014  •  Alex Dean
Yesterday evening saw the inaugural meetup of the London User Group for Amazon Kinesis. At Snowplow we have been working with Kinesis since its first announcement, and we were keen to organize a Kinesis-centric meetup for the tech community here in London and the South-East. And it looks like our excitement about Kinesis is widely shared - there were almost 40 “Kinetics” attending the first meetup. Huge thanks to Just Eat for hosting all of...

The Snowplow team will be in New York in February - get in touch if you'd like to meet

21 January 2014  •  Alex Dean
Both Yali and myself will be visiting New York this February, and I will be heading on to Boston too. If you’re interested in meeting up to discuss Snowplow, event analytics or big data processing more generally, we’d love to arrange a meeting. Yali will be in NYC between February 9th and 12th, including attending the Looker user group NYC meetup on February 11th. Alex will be visiting later on in the month: New York...

The first Graduate Data Science Initiative event in London

04 December 2013  •  Yali Sassoon
Last night, I was very privilage to speak at the first meeting of the Graduate Data Science Initiative meetup, alongside Martin Goodson from Qubit and Eddie Bells from Lyst. The event was for graduates interested in careers in Data Science careers. It’s a great initiative and we were very happy to support it. I gave the first talk on how data scientists and big data technolgies, including Snowplow, are fundamentally changing the way that people...

A round up of our trip to the Budapest BI Conference last week, and a thank you to the many people who made the trip so worthwhile

11 November 2013  •  Yali Sassoon
Last week, Alex and I had the pleasure to attend the Budapest BI Forum. I learnt a great deal from the different people I got to meet, and got a chance to give a talk on what Snowplow is, where we’re at today and how we plan to develop it going forwards. To summarize a few of the things we learnt: 1. The Python toolset for data analytics is developing incredibly rapidly We were fortunate...

Join the Snowplow team in Budapest the first week of November

23 October 2013  •  Yali Sassoon
We are thrilled to be going to Budapest this November, where I’ve kindly been invited to speak at the Budapest BI Forum on Snowplow, on a day dedicated to Open Analytics. Budapest is home to a thriving community of tech-savvy companies. We are very keen to meet as many of them as possible whilst we’re in Budapest - so if you’re based in Budapest (or visiting for the conference), and would like to sit down...

Snowplow presentation at the Hadoop User Group London AWS event

19 July 2013  •  Yali Sassoon
Yesterday at the Hadoop User Group, I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to speak about Snowplow at the event focused specifically on Amazon Web Services, and Redshift in particular. I hope the talk was interesting to the participants who attended. I described how we use Cloudfront and Elastic Beanstalk to get event data into AWS for processing by EMR, and how we push the output of our EMR-based enrichment process into Redshift for...

How we use Hive at Snowplow, and how the role of Hive is changing. (Slides from our presentation to Hive London.)

12 October 2012  •  Yali Sassoon
Last night I gave a presentation to the clever folks at Hive London covering three things: How big data technologies like Apache Hive are transforming web analytics Howe we’ve used Hive in Snowplow development How the role of Hive has changed at Snowplow over time, including a comparison of Hive against other technologies. The slides from the presentation are below. As always, any questions / comments, please post them below.