Data cloud firm Snowflake announces annual Data Drivers Awards winners

Theo Hourmouzis, Vice President for Australia and New Zealand at Snowflake

Snowflake, the Data Cloud company, announced the winners of the annual Data Drivers Awards for ANZ, the premier data awards that honour Snowflake customers leading their organisations and reimagining what’s possible with the Data Cloud across their industries.

What are the Data Drivers Awards?

Snowflake’s annual Data Drivers Awards winners represent the top individuals and organisations using the Snowflake Data Cloud to innovate, grow, and delight their customers. Winners were honoured during the Data Cloud World Tour in Sydney, 27 September 2022.

“Snowflake clients continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with data, unlocking new ways to drive impact across the Data Cloud. This year’s award recipients represent some of the most innovative data leaders we’ve seen to date, pioneering new ways to build and collaborate in the Data Cloud,” said Theo Hourmouzis, Vice President, Snowflake ANZ.

Who were this year’s winners?

The winners this year:

Data Driver of the Year

Aussie social startup Linktree is honoured as the Data Driver of the Year for their innovative use of Snowflake technology to create a self-service BI offering for their internal teams that has fueled a data-first culture within the organisation, enabling Linktree to grow rapidly. Today Linktree supports over 25m users, and 30,000 sign ups per day.

The Data Executive of the Year award

The Data Executive of the Year award recognises a key individual (Chief Technology Officer, Chief Investment Officer, or VP-level) who serves as a strategic leader, pioneering cloud data analytics within their organisation and breaking new ground in their industry.

Nicole Sheffield, MD, Data and Digital, Wesfarmers OneDigital took home the prize for her inspiring work in building a data driven culture in her organisation. Nicole spearheaded the development of the OnePass program, which has Snowflake as its underlying platform, bringing together a highly personalised subscription service for Wesfarmers customers.

Data Hero of the Year

The Data Hero of the Year recognises a tech trailblazer who has pioneered the Data Cloud. Peter Langham, Domain Chapter Lead, Data Engineering, Spark New Zealand took home the award for building on Snowflake as the preferred cloud data platform for Spark.

Powered By Snowflake award

The Powered By Snowflake award recognises a firm that builds innovative data-driven applications on Snowflake. Quantium is recognised by Forrester as a leader in customer analytics. Their flagship products, Q.Checkout and Q.Scan are built on Snowflake.

The unique combination of Quantium’s purpose-built industry-specific metrics libraries populated with some of the largest transactional data sets in the country brought together on Snowflake cement their leadership in their chosen segment.

Data for Good

The Data for Good category recognises an organisation using enhanced data analytics to help save, extend, and improve lives and/or the environment, globally. This year, Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT), a community-owned aged care provider with 50 years of experience improving the lives of older Australians, took home the prize.

Supporting almost 8,000 residents and customers across 29 retirement villages, 19 aged care centers, and five home care regions in New South Wales, the ACT, and Queensland, IRT was restricted by legacy systems. They pioneered an innovative data analytics platform on Snowflake to measure, monitor, compare, benchmark, and improve the quality of services, resulting in a 40% annual reduction in data engineering and maintenance costs.

Data Collaboration Award

Wesfarmers is recognised for the Data Collaboration Award. The award recognises the work Wesfarmers is doing with Snowflake to enable secure data collaboration between various divisions in the organisation, to provide insights that influence the business and deliver comprehensive, personalised consumer-centric strategies.