Think of data pipeline orchestration as the backstage crew of a theater, ensuring every scene flows seamlessly into the next. In the data world, tools like Apache Airflow and AWS Step Functions are the unsung heroes that keep the show running smoothly, especially when you’re working with dbt (data build tool) to whip your data into shape and ensure that the right data is available at the right time. Both tools are often used alongside dbt (data build tool), which has emerged as a powerful tool for transforming data in a warehouse. 

In this article, we will introduce dbt, Apache Airflow, and AWS Step Functions and then delve into the pros and cons of using Apache Airflow and AWS Step Functions for data pipeline orchestration involving dbt. A note that dbt has a paid version of dbt cloud and a free open source version; we are focussing on dbt-core, the free version of dbt.

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