AWS Big Data Blog

Category: Analytics

Build and orchestrate ETL pipelines using Amazon Athena and AWS Step Functions

Extract, transform, and load (ETL) is the process of reading source data, applying transformation rules to this data, and loading it into the target structures. ETL is performed for various reasons. Sometimes ETL helps align source data to target data structures, whereas other times ETL is done to derive business value by cleansing, standardizing, combining, […]

Implement a slowly changing dimension in Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. A star schema is a database organization structure optimized for use in a data warehouse. In a star schema, a dimension is a structure that categorizes the facts and measures in order to enable you to answer business questions. The attributes (or […]

Prepare, transform, and orchestrate your data using AWS Glue DataBrew, AWS Glue ETL, and AWS Step Functions

Data volumes in organizations are increasing at an unprecedented rate, exploding from terabytes to petabytes and in some cases exabytes. As data volume increases, it attracts more and more users and applications to use the data in many different ways—sometime referred to as data gravity. As data gravity increases, we need to find tools and […]

WeatherBug reduced ETL latency to 30 times faster using Amazon Redshift Spectrum

This post is co-written with data engineers, Anton Morozov and James Phillips, from Weatherbug. WeatherBug is a brand owned by GroundTruth, based in New York City, that provides location-based advertising solutions to businesses. WeatherBug consists of a mobile app reporting live and forecast data on hyperlocal weather to consumer users. The WeatherBug Data Engineering team […]

Automate your Amazon Redshift performance tuning with automatic table optimization

Amazon Redshift is a cloud data warehouse database that provides fast, consistent performance running complex analytical queries on huge datasets scaling into petabytes and even exabytes with Amazon Redshift Spectrum. Although Amazon Redshift has excellent query performance out of the box, with up to three times better price performance than other cloud data warehouses, you […]

Query your Amazon MSK topics interactively using Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink Studio

August 30, 2023: Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics has been renamed to Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink. Read the announcement in the AWS News Blog and learn more. Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink Studio makes it easy to analyze streaming data in real time and build stream processing applications powered by Apache Flink using […]

Authorize SparkSQL data manipulation on Amazon EMR using Apache Ranger

This post was last updated July 2022. With Amazon EMR 6.7, all Apache Spark DDL’s are now supported, except for CREATE VIEW. For details, see the section under “limitations”. NOTE: You will need to redeploy Spark service definition (link) on your Apache Ranger server. Instructions on how to redeploy can be found here. With Amazon […]


Use Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight in a cross-account environment

This blog post was last reviewed and updated May, 2022 to include AWS Lake Formation resource sharing model. Many AWS customers use a multi-account strategy to host applications for different departments within the same company. However, you might deploy services like Amazon QuickSight using a single-account approach, which raises challenges when you need to use […]

Simplify your data analysis with Amazon Redshift Query Editor v2

August 2023: This post was reviewed and updated to include new features. Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed cloud data warehouse that provides a web-based query editor in addition to supporting connectivity via ODBC/JDBC or the Redshift Data API. Tens of thousands of customers use Amazon Redshift as their analytics platform. Data analysts, database developers, […]


Amazon QuickSight deployment models for cross-account and cross-Region access to Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS

Many AWS customers use multiple AWS accounts and Regions across different departments and applications within the same company. However, you might deploy services like Amazon QuickSight using a single-account approach to centralize users, data source access, and dashboard management. This post explores how you can use different Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) private connectivity features to connect QuickSight […]