Since being coined by Bill Inmon as a particular design strategy, the term Data Warehouse has come to mean many different things to many different people. The term evolved from a design strategy and was picked up by marketing groups to help generate sales of disk-drives, boxes, client/server solutions, DBMS’s, tools, consulting services, etc.
Advanced Strategies has been involved in many Data Warehouse projects (both successful and unsuccessful).
To us, a Data Warehouse is simply defined as “One of many data architectures designed to support business information needs while simultaneously supporting operational processing needs.”
While a Data Warehouse architecture is appropriate for many situations, it is not appropriate for all.
Many times people ask the nebulous question “Do I need a Data Warehouse?”. The specific questions they need to ask are (1) Are we ready to properly make business decisions based on data, (2) Do we have the data needed for these decisions, and (3) Which of the various architectures will best enable us to access this data?
The outcomes of Advanced Strategies’ Data Warehouse Overview Course vary by the purpose and audience of each class.
Typically students will return to work:
- With a better understanding of when the use of a Data Warehouse is appropriate.
- Able to evaluate the organizational readiness for a Data Warehouse.
- With a high-level Data Warehouse implementation process.
- With strategies for overcoming frequently seen obstacles in implementing a Data Warehouse.
- Understanding how to get started in a Data Warehouse project.
- What is a Data Warehouse?
- History of the Data Warehouse - Hype and Reality
- What is the Real Problem We are Trying to Solve?
- Effective Knowledge Worker Enablement
- Determining if a Data Warehouse is the Best Solution to This Problem
- How and Why to Utilize a Data Pool
- A Data Warehouse Implementation Process
- Overview of Data Bridging Considerations
- Other Architecture Considerations
Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for Data Professionals, Business Analysts, Managers of IT Projects or Business Executives. The course may be tailored for: (1) Executives trying to determine the cost/benefits of a Data Warehouse for their organization, (2) Individuals assigned to a Data Warehouse project who want to better understand the “big picture”, or (3) IT Managers deciding how a Data Warehouse may be best used as part of their environment.
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