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Data News — Week 22.50

Data News #22.50 — dbt Cloud pricing x2, Facebook ads trials in California and usual fast news, Dataiku fundraising and the Advent of data.

Christophe Blefari
Christophe Blefari
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Prepping me to deliver Christmas' Data News (credits)

Hey you, the end of the year is coming soon. I really liked this year with you. It was super fun to write every Friday of the year my opinion on data topics, I don't know yet if next year I'll be able to pull out stuff without repeating myself, I hate repeating myself, but for sure I'll try and I'll continue.

We have still 2 Fridays left until the end of the year, I'll try like last year to do special editions but no promise.

As a small reminder the Advent of Data 🎄 is still running and this week we got awesome articles again! So go check them out. For instance Marie and Bryan wrote great pieces to help you get started with data: Is tourism back to its pre-COVID-crisis level? and How to get started with data and help your local community.

dbt Cloud pricing update 🎁

dbt Labs announced yesterday a nice Christmas present for all dbt Cloud customers: a new pricing model. But you know this is the kind of Christmas present your uncle offers you that you don't like. Something you want to return directly because it does not suit you.

Let's have a look a it. Below are listed the major changes:

  • Team plan x2. From $50/month/per dev to $100/month/per dev but limited to 8 devs
  • Team plan is now limited to only one project
  • Team plan will include the Semantic Layer no-one is asking
  • The free tier now announced it's US based only

Small teams will get their dbt Cloud budget increase by 100%. For instance a small team of 2 analytics engineers will pay now $2400/year just to have a server running their SQL queries and a web IDE that is yet to perfect.

Obviously, dbt Labs has all the data points regarding activity and features usage to take this decision, but feels weird as dbt Cloud was a simple and costless solution for small users to enter the dbt world.

In term of strategy it also means that dbt Labs want to push companies to go for Enterprise plan with hidden pricing—don't forget transparency always wins this is one of dbt Labs core value.

Usual readers of the Data News might notice that I don't go softly with dbt Labs when it comes to their Cloud product, but this is a reality, if I caricature a bit right now dbt Cloud is only a web IDE with the capabilities to run your models, it should be commodity, the real value of dbt exists only in Core for the moment and in the community. In the open-source part.

As a comparison I pay PyCharm for years and it costs me €99/year and I can almost do everything that is included in the dbt web IDE plus I have all my comfort developer setup. The pricing difference is not worth it.

dbt Cloud's new pricing compared to previous one

Fast News ⚡️

Data Fundraising 💰

  • Dataiku raised, once again, a $200m Series F. This new round of investing bring the total amount of money raised to $846m but with the economic global slowdown they did it at a lower valuation—$3.7b. Dataiku has been one of the first company to take AI path with all-in-one product. But it seems over the years as they focused big corporations they struggles selling their graphical drag-n-drop UI to smaller businesses.

As a side note, this is crazy to compare dbt Labs' valuation with Dataiku ones. Almost the same but even if I don't like Dataiku the depth of the product is by far not comparable.


See you next week ❤️

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Christophe Blefari

Senior Data Engineer. I like 🚲, 🪴 and 🎮. I can do everything with data, just ask.

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