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Presented by Joshua Skarphol

Consulting Manager, Snowflake Computing

Moving is difficult, so why bother? In this talk Joshua Skarphol will discuss the benefits of moving your data to the cloud, moving the discussion beyond the hype, and examining the security, scalability, and performance gains that cloud adoption offers. He’ll also dig into some of the common challenges and pitfalls you can expect when embarking on this journey.

In this interactive session, Joshua will discuss:

  • The challenges of migrating to a cloud solution, including overcoming the inertia of the way things are
  • Data processing impacts of moving to the cloud, including coexistence with on-premises tools and the development impacts of moving to the cloud
  • The benefits of seeing it through, including enabling business transformation and better data access


Joshua Skarphol is a guy who loves data and has a passion for helping people gather it and use it well. Joshua has spent over 20 years working on data warehouses in the financial, healthcare, and retail industries, in roles ranging from developer to architect. Most of his career has been spent working with large SQL Server and Teradata systems, migrating reporting systems, data integration systems, and data warehouse platforms. However, his most recent experience has given him the opportunity to move from on-premise data warehousing to the cloud. In fact, Joshua found the capabilities of cloud data warehousing so compelling, he joined Snowflake, a company that built a data warehouse for the cloud ( In his current role as Consulting Manager with Snowflake’s Professional Services organization, Joshua helps Snowflake’s customers with their own migrations to the cloud. Unsurprisingly, Joshua’s passion for data has “migrated” into his personal life, where on numerous occasions he’s informed his wife and four children “we are a data-driven family.”


January 17th, 2019 (Chapter meetings held on third Thursday of the month)


8:30 – 9:00 am – Sign In
9:00 – 10:15 am – Presentation
10:15 – 10:30 am – Break, Chapter Announcements
10:30 – 11:30 am – Presentation continued

Standard Insurance Tower Atrium (900 SW 5th, please note Standard Ins. has multiple downtown locations)


Free for members (including ALL employees of corporate members)
$15 for non-members
$5 for students with valid student ID