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Data and data warehouses have gone “off piste” with Snowflake: How can this benefit your business or organisation?

By Venkat Elumalai, Knoware Practice Lead

There used to be a time when setting up a data warehouse involved investing in massive amounts of hardware that was usually sited “on premises”.

Today, data and data warehouses have essentially gone “off piste” thanks to technology and providers like Snowflake.

What is Snowflake?

Snowflake is a cloud-native platform service that can be platformed on AWS, Azure or Google Cloud which does away with the need for maintaining and supporting expensive on premises servers. There’s no software to install, configure, or manage and it is straight -forward and easy to move data into Snowflake using standard ETL solutions.

With Snowflake being built entirely in the cloud, it effectively tackles and resolves many of the issues that hampered traditional hardware-based data warehouses.

Workloads scale independently from one another, making it an ideal platform for data engineering, data transformation, data sharing, developing data applications and managing high query volumes.

Data and data warehouses have gone “off piste” with Snowflake: How can this benefit your business or organisation?
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Knoware update on the Log4j vulnerability & SAS

A serious vulnerability in a piece of open source software called Log4j was recently discovered and reported.

Log4j is widely used in many software products to standardise logging processes and includes parts of SAS Software (most notably Java components).

If the vulnerability is exploited, then an attacker could execute code on the machine running those exposed SAS processes.

Being highly responsive, SAS quickly released a tool and associated instructions on how to find and patch this vulnerability called Logucinno.

Loguccino remediates the Log4j vulnerabilities CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046 within the specified scope of support. SAS recommends that you use Loguccino, where supported, instead of completing manual mitigation or remediation tasks.

If you would prefer Knoware to assist you in implementing this patch for Log4j, then please let us know by contacting us directly via email at support@knoware.co.nz. 

Knoware update on the Log4j vulnerability & SAS
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Happy holidays from the team at Knoware

The year 2021 has brought both challenges and possibilities. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘Out of adversity comes opportunity’, and we look forward to working on opportunities with you in 2022.

We wish you all a fabulous holiday break and time in the company of family and friends.

See you in the new year. From the team at Knoware.

Happy holidays from the team at Knoware
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Congratulations Janina on becoming a SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4.

Big congratulations to Janina Stenbo, Knoware Operations Administrator for her achievement in becoming a SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4.

Base Programming Specialists have passed a performance-based exam where they have demonstrated proficiency in reading and creating data, manipulating data with functions and formats, controlling program flow with loops and conditional statements, creating summary and frequency reports, and identifying and correcting program errors.

As a forward-looking consultancy in full growth mode, Knoware’s team of thought leaders and data and analytics practitioners pride themselves on a culture of supportive excellence and achievement.

Great work Janina, congrats from the whole Knoware team on your certification!

Congratulations Janina on becoming a SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4.
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Venkat Elumalai has joined Knoware in the role of Practice Lead

Venkat Elumalai has joined Knoware in the role of Practice Lead, bringing with him over 15+ years of experience in the management and implementation of data driven projects.

Venkat’s impressive technical skillset ranges from; data analysis and modelling, architecting data warehouse and BI solutions, designing and developing ETL and reporting frameworks, through to building interfaces between applications and the performance tuning of applications.

His expertise in understanding business drivers and then translating these into technical solutions that create both efficiencies and enhance growth, will create enormous value for Knoware’s clients.

In addition to his technical skillset, Venkat is also a highly developed people leader and agile practitioner, with deep experience in lean practices, which enables him to lead teams that consistently deliver exceptional business outcomes.

Venkat Elumalai has joined Knoware in the role of Practice Lead
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Steve Carline is Knoware’s new Client Account Manager

Steve Carline has joined Knoware in the role of Account Manager bringing his considerable experience of working with customers to provide solutions around data management, data quality and data visualisation technologies across a variety of sectors including government, corporates, charities and education.

Steve Carline is Knoware’s new Client Account Manager
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COVID-19 Alert Level 1 Message

Knoware is committed to a unified response to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Under both Levels 1 and 2, the Knoware offices will remain open with appropriately applied social distancing restrictions and protective measures.

COVID-19 Alert Level 1 Message
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COVID-19 Message – Level 2

Hi all

The New Zealand government has announced that from 8th September 2021, that parts of New Zealand including Wellington will  step down to level 2.

COVID-19 Message – Level 2
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