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· 11 min read
Callum McCann

TLDR: The Semantic Layer is made up of a combination of open-source and SaaS offerings and is going to change how your team defines and consumes metrics.

At last year's Coalesce, Drew showed us the future1 - a vision of what metrics in dbt could look like. Since then, we've been getting the infrastructure in place to make that vision a reality. We wanted to share with you where we are today and how it fits into the broader picture of where we're going.

To those who haven't followed this saga with the intensity of someone watching their investments on the crypto market, we're rolling out this new resource to help you better understand the dbt Semantic Layer and provide clarification on the following things:

  1. What is the dbt Semantic Layer?
  2. How do I use it?
  3. What is publicly available now?
  4. What is still in development?

With that, lets get into it!