We have several data sources that return dates in ISO-8601 format. Following
IMPALA-648, we are closer to having these convertable to timestamp without effort, but time zones are still not supported:
Neither format with a time zone specifier will parse even though they are valid based on my understanding of ISO-8601 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601
For now we have worked around this by converting with substring to cut off the time zone identifier, but I'm not sure which time zone the dates will be interpreted in. If I cut off the Z, will my dates be parsed in server local time?
Ideally, we should be able to cast dates with time zone specifiers to timestamps with cast easily.