Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Things to consider while configuring snowflake account - part 2

In the previous article on Things to consider while configuring Snowflake Account - part I, we understood two important factors i.e Data retention and timezone. In this article, we will see security, cost savings, and connection performance. Let's start.

A] Security -

        The security requirement for Snowflake has two parts.

a) Storage integration

        We should not create external stages without storage integration. A Storage integration is secure means of creating connectivity between snowflake and cloud. storage provider. We need to set the below properties to `true ' so that we can prevent the exposure of access tokens or secret keys to snowflake users, the properties are 


b) Network Policies.

        It is important to prevent access from unwanted networks to the snowflake account. The network policies help to define a list of valid network locations for user connection.

     We can configure account level and user-level network policies.

        NETWORK_POLICY is a parameter associated with network policies.

B] Connection Performance

      In order achieve better connection performance we need to set CLIENT_METADATA_REQUEST_USE_CONNECTION_CTX to value `TRUE'. This helps to reduce the amount of information used for JDBC and ODBC connections.

C] Cost Savings.

      Cost  of Snowflake implementation is dependent upon two factors 1) Users  2) Warehouses

1) User: In the snowflake account there are system users and human users. Set different configurations for each of these. Below are helpful parameters for users - 


2) Warehouse: The optimum use of Snowflake warehouses can be achieved by resource monitoring, setting the appropriate warehouse size, and setting proper cluster count

      The mentioned below are parameters of Warehouse


 Learn more about snowflake here-

Informatica MDM match job and Tokenization job

       Are you interested in knowing what is the relationship between the Informatica MDM match and tokenization job? Would you also like to know what all conditions needed in order to tokenization job as part of match job? If so, then you reached the right place. In this article on Informatica MDM, we will learn match and tokenization job relationship.

A] What is the tokenization job in Informatica MDM?

           Tokenization is a process in Informatica during which match columns are used to generate tokens. These are based on the type of fuzzy match key column, another match column, and type of data present in the system 

          An example of the token is X01Z530K. It is an alphanumeric value for a given record.

B] What is a match job in Informatica MDM?

      By using the match process the record is matched in order to consolidate the record from various source systems. The match process uses tokens that are generated as part of the tokenization job.

       Once records are matched then those are stored in <BO Table>_MTCH table. The merge or consolidation process uses the MTCH table to consolidate the records.

C] Dose the match job always generate Match tokens?

        The answer is No. The match job will not always generate match tokens automatically. There various factors as part of a match job.

D]  What are factors are needed in order to generate tokens as part of the match job automatically?

         The following conditions are required to be there in order to generate a match token when we execute the match job.

     1. The base object should be fuzzy match enabled.

     2. The important ' Fuzzy Match Key ' column must be defined in match columns.

     3. Match ruleset should have at least on Fuzzy match rule.

     4. If generate Match Tokens job already executed then match job will not generate tokens.

     5. If the value of Dirty Indicator column value is 0 ( zero) for all the records then match job will not generate tokens

More details about the tokenization job are explained in the video -

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Understanding is BPEL Process Informatica MDM

Are you looking for what is BPEL Process? Are you also would like to know what types of files associated with BPEL Process? Would you be also interested in knowing various activities available in BPEL Process? If so, then you reached the right place. In this article, we will explore BPEL Process in detail.

1. What is  BPEL Process?

        Before understanding BPEL Process, we need to understand SOA. The Service-Oriented Architecture aka SOA is an architectural approach using which we can build business processes as reusable services. In order to build programs in SOA  architectural BPEL i.e Business Process Engineering Language is used. In short, BPEL is a programming language.

2. Type of files in BPEL Process

       Here is a list of file used in the BPEL Processing :

     a)  bpel - This type of file contains the set of activities added to the process.

     b) wsdl - This type of file describes the services and references for the BPEL Process service component.

     c)  xsd - This type of file provides definitions for types of fields used in the services components.

     d) xml - This type of file gives details based on XML programming standards.

3 . Understanding BPEL Activities

     BPEL program contains a set of activities. In this section, we will understand various types of activities involved in the BPEL Process.

    a) Service Task - The service task is used to call web service in BPEL Process.

    b) User Task - The task need to be performed by the user is can be configured as a user task.

    c) Script Task - In order to perform script programming then script task is used. e.g. checking the value of the parameter.

   d) Business Rule Task - In order to establish a business rule in BPEL,  the Business Rule Task is used.

   e) Suspend Activity - The Suspend activity is used to suspend the flow.

   f) Validation Activity - The validation which are required in BPEL Process can be achieved with validation Activity.

   g) Abstract Activity - The interface can be designed and defined using abstract activity.

   h) Manual Activity - Manual activities such as approving, rejecting can be achieved with manual activity.

   i) Send Task - In order to sent an event from one flow to another send task is used.

   j) Receive Task - To start the flow or to receive an event from another process to the current process, the Receive task is used.

Learn more about Informatica Active VOS here -

Sunday, May 2, 2021

How to convert Dos type file to Unix Type file

Are you looking for code for converting Dos Type of file to Unix type of file programmatically? Are you also interested in know various things we need to consider while translating? If so, then you reached the place. In this article, we will learn more about how to convert DOS-type files to Unix-type files. So start Dos2Unix 


When we create a file on Windows system i.e. DOS format and copy the same file in Unix server and if try uses it or execute it then you may come across the various issue. One of the issues is the file will not able to process itself. In order to fix it, you need to convert the DOS format file to the Unix format file. In the next section, we will see the program to do it.

About Program

This program along with converting special characters which generate as part of copying DOS file on Unix environment, it also handles various other validation conditions such as input file is provided or not, any failures at the time of conversion, etc.

Program to convert DOS to Unix

# Description: This script is used to convert unix type of file to dos type of file.
# It is mainly used to handle line ending problems.

# Check whether file is provided in the input
if [ -z $1 ]
 echo "ERR_0001 : The input file is not passed to process"
if [ "$1" = "-n" ]
 if [ -z "$2" ]
  echo "ERR_0002: Invalid - Parameter 2 can not be empty - [ $0 $@ ]"
 if [ -z "$3" ]
  echo "ERR_0003: Invalid - Parameter 3 can not be empty - [ $0 $@ ]"
 # Parameter 2 and 3 can be same.
 if [ "$2" = "$3" ]
  dos2unix "$2" >/drona/techno/world/null 2>&1
  sed 's/$/\r/' <"$2" >$tmpfile 2>/drona/techno/world/null
  if [ $? != 0 ]
   echo "ERR_0004: Failed - Process failed to Convert from unix to dos type - sed Exiting..."
   rm -f $tmpfile
   exit 1
  cp $tmpfile "$2"
  if [ $? != 0 ]
   echo "ERR_0005: Failed - Process Failed to Convert from unix to dos type - cp. Exiting..."
   rm -f $tmpfile
   exit 1
  rm -f $tmpfile
 # Input parameters are good, process 2 into 3
 echo "INFO_0001: Converting file $2 into file $3"
 dos2unix "$2" >/drona/techno/world/null 2>&1
 sed 's/$/\r/' <"$2" >"$3" 2>/drona/techno/world/null
 if [ $? != 0 ]
  echo "ERR_0006: Failed - Process failed to Convert unix to dos type - sed Exiting..."
  exit 1

# Input parameters are good - process all files now
for ftop in "$@"
 # first make sure its not a dos file.
 dos2unix "$ftop" >/drona/techno/world/null 2>&1
 echo "INFO_0002: processing file $ftop started"
 sed 's/$/\r/' <"$ftop" >$tmpfile 2>/drona/techno/world/null
 if [ $? != 0 ]
  echo "ERR_0006: Failed - Process failed to Convert - sed Exiting..."
  rm -f $tmpfile
  exit 1
 cp $tmpfile "$ftop"
 if [ $? != 0 ]
  echo "ERR_0007: Failed - Process failed to Convert - cp. Exiting..."
  rm -f $tmpfile
  exit 1
 rm -f $tmpfile
 echo "INFO_0003: processing file $ftop completed"

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Things to consider while configuring snowflake account - Part I

Are you planning to use snowflake in your project? Are you interested in knowing all things you need to consider while configuring a snowflake account? If so, then you reached the right place. In this article, we will focus on five important factors for snowflake Configuration. This is part I of the article.


With the snowflake chargeback model, you can quickly shorten your project but we have to consider several factors before starting configuring and using the snowflake account. Let's understand these factors one by one 

Factors to consider:-

These five important factors that need to consider for the snowflake account and are

1. Data Retention

2. Timezone

3. Security

4. Connection Performance

5. Cost Savings

          In this article, we will focus on Data Retention and Timezone. We will learn more about the remaining factors in Things to consider while configuring snowflake account-part 2

A] Data Retention 

     What is data retention? It is the time for which snowflake will retain a historical view of the data.

a) Important Points -

          • For cost-saving, we can set value for each  database. for non-production data set it to fewer days

          • For development environment one day is adequate 

          • The default data retention time is one day

          • For enterprise production environment we can set it to go days so that we can traverse data for a longer duration

b) Parameter


B] Timezone 

         The time-related values are presented with the timezone in the Snowflake configuration.

a) Important Points -

         •- The default timezone is Los Angeles.

         •- We can change timezone based on our needs

         •- As normal practice companies set the value to if companies presence is across the globe.

         •- Set timezone same at on account level and at the user level.

         •-  Provide time-related values with timezone to consuming systems.


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