Why the Hype Around dbt is Justified


The hype for dbt is everywhere you look, but is it really justified? Why do you need a tool to just run SQL when most data stores support SQL themselves? In this 30 minute session I am going to break down what dbt really is, what makes it unique, and show you why it is so much more then just SQL. We will look at what makes it so popular (and unpopular) as a data transformation tool and the driving factors behind those opinions, dispelling some mistruths along the way. If you are new to dbt and trying to wrap your head around this tool then this is the session for you! Come find out if the hype is real!

Session Outline:

This session is an introduction to dbt that looks at the who, what, when, where of the tool.


Dustin is currently a Sr. Cloud Data Architect at Onix, one of the premier consulting firms in North America. He has over 16 years experience working with data in many different industries serving in many roles including administration, development, analytics, and leadership. He is a community leader who loves learning from and teaching others which has led him to organize tech events and meetups for the past decade. He is one of the founders of the Nashville Data Engineering group and DataTune Nashville. Dustin is also co-author of “Pro Database Migration to Azure” and "Unlocking dbt" and is a regular speaker at data events around the world.

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