An open-source software for generating high-quality behavioral data

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What if you had created a product 10 years ago that perfectly fits into today’s world because it has all the ingredients we are looking for in data collection:
– privacy first
– data ownership & transparency
– open source

But let’s correct one thing. We are not simply talking about data collection. We speak about generating high-quality behavioral data.

And of course, we are speaking about: Snowplow.

Yali Sassoon joined me in the first episode of the “Meet the analytics stack” podcast. 

We talked about the origins of Snowplow.

It was created in a world where closed and inaccessible analytics systems like Google Analytics and Omniture (now Adobe Analytics) ruled the space.
So Snowplow should be open and transparent from day 1. It started as an open-source project, and it still is until today. 

It focuses on generating high-quality behavioral data:
– with data pipelines you own and control
– data enrichments you own and control
– well-defined schemas, so you only receive the data you would expect.

Snowplow had all the ingredients from day one that we are looking for today in a GDPR world where data becomes a core asset, and parts of the data stack become critical infrastructure.

Generating and collecting event data is a critical part of a data stack, so using an open-source solution here has plenty of benefits instead of a closed system. 

And if you don’t want to manage it, Snowplow is offering their behavioral data platform where they manage your Snowplow instance in your cloud project/account (yes, you are reading the right thing, in yours, not their).

Enjoy the first episode of the new podcast – Meet the analytics stack.

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