Understanding Amazon Redshift: Close your skills gap with these free resources

  • Richard Thelwell
  • November 18, 2015

understanding amazon redshift free resourcesAmazon Redshift has revolutionised the way organisations handle Big Data and data warehousing. If you don’t know what Redshift is, then you really ought to – it could save your business time and money. But don’t worry, there are lots of great free resources out there to help you learn more.

Amazon Redshift may still be a relatively new solution, having only been announced in November 2012. However, up until very recently, it was the fastest growing service on the AWS Marketplace –no mean feat.

For anyone who uses, or knows a lot about Amazon Redshift, the benefits it offers when compared to traditional data warehousing make it an obvious choice.

But what about those who aren’t aware of the advantages?

… What are they missing out on?

… And how can they find out more?

Introduction to Amazon Redshift

Understandably, the best place to start would be on the Amazon Web Services website, where there is a whole wealth of free resources around Amazon Redshift. These informative resources span all levels of expertise – from beginners to experienced professionals.

For a quick introduction to Amazon Redshift, what better place to start than by watching a short animated video?

This Introduction to Amazon Redshift outlines the key challenges that businesses typically face when it comes to data warehousing and explains how Redshift can help. The video also provides a brief explanation of how Redshift works and how this fits in with your existing operations.

Check out the video for yourself below.

AWS ‘masterclass’ webinars

AWS run frequent training sessions and webinars around all of their products.

Their ‘masterclass’ webinar series targets a more experienced audience and provides technical training by subject matter experts. These sessions focus on real-life business challenges and the solutions offered by AWS services – like Amazon Redshift.

You can watch an on-demand recording of the recent Amazon Redshift Masterclass here.

AWS events/ conferences

Amazon Web Services run a large number of events and conferences throughout the year, where they not only publicise their own products, but also showcase partner solutions.

For a full list of AWS events, click here.

The biggest of these events is undoubtedly AWS re:Invent, AWS’s largest annual user conference.

Matillion at AWS re:Invent 2015

Matillion attended re:Invent back in October, when we showcased our product Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift – an ETL/EL-T tool designed specifically for Amazon Redshift users.

With hundreds of sessions including keynotes, breakout sessions, hands-on workshops and networking events, re:Invent is a fantastic way to learn more about AWS solutions and partners.

Talk to the experts

Amazon Web Services offer a number of opportunities to talk to the experts behind services such as Amazon Redshift. This can be a great way to find out more about solutions, and to ask any case-specific questions you may have.

AWS have recently introduced ‘pop-up lofts’ – places where start-ups can go to learn more about AWS solutions, get support from AWS architects, and network with likeminded businesses.

These pop-up lofts also feature a number of technical sessions and hands-on workshops by key AWS partners.

Matillion recently presented a workshop at the AWS pop-up lofts in San Francisco and New York where we instructed attendees on using Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift.

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Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift workshop at AWS pop-up loft

AWS pop-up lofts are located in San Francisco, New York, London and Berlin.

Amazon Redshift success stories

Perhaps the best way of bringing the benefits of Amazon Redshift to life is to see real-world examples of companies that have experienced success through using Redshift.

There are a large number of case studies available on the AWS website, from some of the world’s biggest businesses.

amazon redshift resources case studies

For more examples of businesses who have successfully deployed Amazon Redshift, check out this great article; 7 Amazon Redshift Success Stories – from CIO.com. This list includes success stories from the likes of Nokia, The Financial Times and Foursquare.

Amazon Redshift resources from Matillion

Here at Matillion, we provide a number of excellent resources around Amazon Redshift.

We have written a number of articles, spanning a whole range of topics surrounding Redshift. You can find these Amazon Redshift blog posts here.

On top of this, we also have a comprehensive 80-page e-book exploring Amazon Redshift advice and best practices.

amazon redshift resources ebook

This real-world guide feeds off the extensive experience we have of using Amazon Redshift internally within our business.

To download your free copy of this e-book, click here.

Matillion are the creators of Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift – an ETL/ELT tool built specifically for Amazon Redshift.

To find out more about Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift, visit the product page here. Or if you would like to try it out for yourself, we currently offer a free 14 day trial via the AWS Marketplace.

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