Supercharge your Migration to Snowflake with AQPT

With the help of Hakkoda's Automated Query Performance Tester (AQPT), your migration to Snowflake process can be automated and streamlined, saving you time and allowing you to focus on other critical tasks.
June 16, 2023
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The demand for cloud-based business operations continues to grow. In 2022, some 94% of enterprise businesses leveraged cloud services in some capacity. Another 80% of those reported dramatic performance improvements as a result.

While it’s clear that tools like the Snowflake Data Cloud are likely to see continued adoption, many businesses now find themselves looking to migrate not just a slice of their functions, but their entire data operations to the Cloud. This process can be challenging, time consuming, and costly. And even if leaders believe in the long-term benefits a cloud migration will offer their organization, the pressure to optimize and build efficiency during and post the migration period can be a tall order for in-house technical teams. 

As a Legacy Migration Accelerated Partner to Snowflake, Hakkoda’s data experts work to solve common challenges enterprises face during and after a Snowflake migration. Hakkoda has a variety of tools, like AMPR, that can accelerate and automate and in-progress Snowflake migration. But for those who have just completed a successful migration, your next steps are equally crucial. Now is the time to ensure that your queries are optimized for your new environment. While Snowflake is a powerful platform that can significantly improve the performance of your data analytics, manually testing query performance can be time-consuming and cumbersome. 

That’s where Hakkoda’s Automated Query Performance Tester (AQPT) comes in. AQPT is a game-changing tool that automates the execution of queries, allowing you to focus on analyzing and fine-tuning your queries for Snowflake. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of AQPT and how it can supercharge your business following a Snowflake migration.

Maximizing Efficiency and Saving Time

There are some common challenges that organizations run into when migrating from one data warehouse to another. One of those challenges is that reused queries have been fine-tuned over time, and when switching platforms, that fine-tuning also needs to be migrated. Another big challenge is the ability to regression test. As a Snowflake Elite services partner Hakkoda is constantly identifying these challenges and finding ways to overcome them. 

Through smart automation, Hakkoda was able to solve these common challenges by creating AQPT. With AQPT, you can say goodbye to the painstaking process of running SQL queries one by one. Instead, you can upload a batch of queries into AQPT and let it handle the rest. Whether you have a handful of queries or a thousand, AQPT can handle the job efficiently, freeing up your time for more important tasks. Imagine the possibilities of redirecting your energy towards analyzing, researching, and fine-tuning your queries to ensure optimal performance in Snowflake. 

AQPT also provides regression testing capability by ensuring that the impact of new pipelines, system features, or configuration changes are quantified relative to all previous runs, including the original benchmark.

Because it allows you to test query performance quickly and efficiently, identify performance issues, and optimize queries for the new environment, AQPT is an essential tool for any organization that has migrated to Snowflake. With AQPT, you can be confident that your queries are performing well in Snowflake and that you are getting the most out of your data warehousing investment.

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Value-Adding Features for Exceptional Performance

AQPT was designed to automate and streamline your migration to Snowflake process. It is a scalable and easy-to-use tool that saves you time and gives you the insights you need to optimize your Snowflake environment. With the following key features, AQPT enhances all aspects of your migration and ensures that you get the most out of Snowflake. 

Gaining Valuable Insights

AQPT goes beyond executing queries; it provides you with valuable insights into potential performance bottlenecks. By automatically compiling all the data, AQPT makes it easy for you to analyze and act. It can highlight issues such as warehouse size and permissions problems quickly and efficiently, enabling you to take the necessary steps to resolve them. With AQPT’s comprehensive insights, you can make informed decisions to optimize your queries and ensure your Snowflake environment operates at its full potential.

Effortless Performance Comparison

One of the standout features of AQPT is its ability to enable performance comparisons over time. You can easily initiate multiple tests and observe how your query optimizations affect performance. This allows you to gauge the effectiveness of your efforts and make data-driven decisions. 

Furthermore, by comparing run times on AQPT with your legacy system, you gain a clear understanding of Snowflake’s enhanced performance capabilities. AQPT equips you with the tools to measure, evaluate, and demonstrate the significant improvements your migration to Snowflake has brought.

User-Friendly and Easy to Implement

AQPT is designed to be user-friendly and accessible to all, regardless of technical expertise. Since it is self-contained within Snowflake, you can install and set up AQPT effortlessly, getting your performance testing up and running within hours without extensive technical knowledge. And no additional software needs to be installed or configured for AQPT to operate. 

The intuitive interface guides you through the process, ensuring a seamless experience. By removing the barriers of technical complexity, AQPT empowers you to focus on what matters most —optimizing your queries for Snowflake’s exceptional performance.

How Hakkoda’s Migration to Snowflake Excellence Led to AQPT 

Hakkoda was tasked with manually testing a set of 400 queries at a customer that recently migrated to Snowflake and wasn’t satisfied with performance. It took three Hakkoda data specialists four days to run the queries and compile associated metrics. After several rounds of testing, one of our lead data engineers saw a need for a tool that would automate the execution of queries. And so AQPT was created. 

With AQPT, we were able to get the time it takes to run a test down to three hours. And we were able to run tests and provide results within one day. As a result, Snowflake could make a change and we could tell very quickly if it had an impact on query performance or not. We gained insights, such as row access policies that were not working as expected, since we could now compare record counts over time.

Since we had the baseline time for a run captured when we loaded the test queries, it was extremely easy to compare runs to the original and subsequent runs. By freeing up our time from manual testing, we were able to focus our efforts on more in-depth analysis and/or tuning efforts which in turn provided better query performance.

AQPT has also been deployed at the largest claims payor in the US, accelerating their migration to Snowflake while lowering both the migration costs and Snowflake credits used for verification.

Hakkoda Powers A Successful Migration to Snowflake

Your migration to Snowflake isn’t complete without leveraging the power of AQPT. This invaluable tool not only saves you time but also provides you with essential insights, effortless performance comparisons, and a user-friendly experience. AQPT allows you to fine-tune your queries for optimal performance in Snowflake, enabling you to make the most of this advanced data analytics platform. 

Embrace AQPT, supercharge your migration to Snowflake, and unlock the full potential of your data analysis. Get ready to experience enhanced efficiency, increased productivity, and remarkable insights with Hakkoda’s Automated Query Performance Tester.

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