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Jun 302014

The Commoditization of the Data Model

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The dimensional model is a thing of beauty when it is done right. It is designed independently of vendor and architecture. It is built with fact tables for every process, conformed dimensions, hierarchies, slowly changing dimensions, bridges, aggregates and so on. It is a work of art you print on a plotter and hang on your office wall for business users to gaze upon in total awe. It is the map you use to trace data lineage and figure out join paths. It is the reference guide for enhancement impact analysis.

Jun 242014

Bill Inmon Talks Big Data at Local TDWI Dallas Chapter

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When I received the email notice from the TDWI Dallas Chapter about an upcoming Big Data event, I was interested. The meeting was at 8:00 a.m. on a Friday, the traffic wouldn’t be ideal, but it sounded like this might be a good opportunity. Why would it be a good opportunity? Bill Inmon was in town!

May 112014

Purple People and Green People

By |May 11th, 2014|Categories: Insight Post|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Business Intelligence guru, analyst and author, Wayne Eckerson, and I had great times when we worked together at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). Although we have both moved on to other ventures, we remain in touch and I still like reading his books and articles. I particularly enjoyed the first chapter of his most recent book, Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders, where he talks about the concept of “purple people.” But before I explain that, read this concept from Wayne in his book.

Apr 72014

The Third Platform

By |April 7th, 2014|Categories: Insight Post|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Every once in a while I brush aside all the stacks of paper on my desk and tell myself to spend a couple hours deep diving into some topic to see where it takes me. If browsers could heat up from over-use, there would be smoke coming out of my office for those two hours. This time I focused on an IDC report that came out towards the end of 2013. I had seen this phrase a few times before, but for some reason it really caught my eye this time: The Third Platform.

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