Overview: Query Builder for Snowflake

HOW TO

How to access the Query Builder for Snowflake

Navigate to Metrics > Query Builder to access the Query Builder for Snowflake. Click the green + Create Custom Metric button and select your connected Snowflake Data Source from the Data Source drop-down list.

    Query Builder is available in Plus and Business Accounts. Agency Basic Accounts have access to Query Builder in the Agency Account only.  Request a trial of Query Builder by following these steps.

How to use the Query Builder for Snowflake

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   Custom Metric Name: Enter a name for your Custom Metric. This Custom Metric name will be available in the Designer after saving. 
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   SQL: Construct query strings to access data from your Database using Structured Query Language (SQL). 
Learn more about SQL here
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   Data Type: Selecting the appropriate Data Type ensures that your Custom Metrics will be synced correctly in Databox. Learn more about Data Types here
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   Data Preview: After clicking Run query, a Data Preview of the Custom Metric will be displayed. Daily Metric values are displayed in this section, along with the total Metric values for the Date Range in bold at the bottom. You can view the Data Preview for different Date Ranges by clicking on the tabs at the top of the Data Preview. 

How to create a Custom Snowflake Metric [Example]

The Query Builder for Snowflake is designed so you can directly enter SQL queries. For our example, we will use a Snowflake Data Source and create a Custom Metric that returns a list of Custom Names and their current Account Balance. 

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 Navigate to   Metrics > Query Builder    
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 Click the green  + New query button
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 Select the appropriate Snowflake Data Source
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 In order to accurately explain what this Custom Metric is reporting on, we'll name the Custom Metric "Customers by Balance" 
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  In the SQL field, we will enter the query below. A semicolon at the end of the query is not necessary
SELECT start_date AS date, name, balance FROM sample_data
				
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 We will select Total Values as the Data Type. This selection is based on the way data is stored and updated in our database
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 Click Run query to generate a Data Preview of the Custom Metric

If you don’t see any data, double check your SQL query and try it directly in your Database. If no results are displayed there, an error exists in your query. You should also check to confirm that the Snowflake user has the necessary permissions to access the Database from Databox's public IP. 

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 Once we confirm that these are the results we're looking for, we'll click Save to save the Custom Metric

How to add a Custom Snowflake Metric to a Databoard

Learn how to add a Custom Metric to a Databoard here

Additional Information

  • Query results are limited to 10,000 rows. If you expect your query to return over 10,000 rows or if you're not sure how many rows will be returned, be sure to LIMIT the query. If you need more than 10,000 rows in order to successfully report on your Snowflake data in Databox, feel free to submit your request on our Roadmap here.
  • The query must contain a column named "Date." If you need to, use AS in your SELECT statement to satisfy this requirement
  • One column should always contain the Metric Value
  • "Null" values will not be recognized. Use a COALESCE function when needed. Learn more here.
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