Service Accounts

What Are Service Accounts?

Service accounts are specialized accounts used by applications, services, or automated processes to interact with other services or systems. Unlike user accounts, which are intended for human use, service accounts are designed to be used by software. They often have permissions and access rights necessary to perform specific tasks, without requiring manual intervention.

Use of Service Accounts in Data Platforms

In data platforms, service accounts are used to automate the retrieval and processing of data. Their primary functions include:

Data Extraction:

Service accounts can be configured to access various data sources such as databases, APIs, and cloud services to extract data periodically or in real-time.
They ensure that reports have the most current data without requiring manual extraction processes.

Data Transformation:

These accounts can interact with ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tools to transform raw data into structured formats suitable for reporting.
They can trigger data transformation scripts or processes that prepare data for analysis.

Data Loading:

Service accounts can load the transformed data into reporting databases or data warehouses.
They facilitate the automation of data pipelines, ensuring data is always up-to-date for reporting needs.


Service accounts can be used to control data access to reporting tools and dashboards, reporting tools use these accounts to ensure report data is automatically updated without having to rely on named user credentials.

Use of Service Accounts for Kleene

Kleene, a data integration and transformation platform, uses service accounts to interact with data warehouses and filestores. Here’s how service accounts are utilized in this context:

Data Warehouse Integration:

Authentication and Authorization: Service accounts provide the necessary credentials for Kleene to authenticate and authorize access to your data warehouse.

Data Extraction and Loading: They enable Kleene to extract data from various sources and load it into your data warehouse, automating the ETL processes.

Scheduling and Automation: Service accounts allow Kleene to run scheduled jobs that perform data integration tasks without manual intervention.

Filestore Integration:

Access Management: Service accounts manage access to cloud storage services like AWS S3, Google Cloud Storage, or Azure Blob Storage, where raw data files may be stored.

Data Transfer: They facilitate the secure transfer of data between the filestore and the data warehouse, ensuring that data pipelines are consistently maintained.

File Management: Service accounts can be used to manage the lifecycle of files in the filestore, including tasks like archiving, deletion, and organization.