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Ronald Damhof

I have been a BI/DW practitioner for more than 15 years. In the last few years, I have become increasingly annoyed - even frustrated - by the lack of (scientific) rigor in the field of data warehousing and business intelligence. It is not uncommon for the knowledge worker to be disillusioned by the promise of business intelligence and data warehousing because vendors and consulting organizations create their "own" frameworks, definitions, super-duper tools etc.

What the field needs is more connectedness (grounding and objectivity) to the scientific community. The scientific community needs to realize the importance of increasing their level of relevance to the practice of technology.

For the next few years, I have decided to attempt to build a solid bridge between science and technology practitioners. As a dissertation student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, I hope to discover ways to accomplish this. With this blog I hope to share some of the things I learn in my search and begin discussions on this topic within the international community.

Your feedback is important to me. Please let me know what you think. My email address is Ronald.damhof@prudenza.nl.

About the author >

Ronald Damhof is an information management practitioner with more than 15 years of international experience in the field.

His areas of focus include:

  1. Data management, including data quality, data governance and data warehousing;
  2. Enterprise architectural principles;
  3. Exploiting data to its maximum potential for decision support.
Ronald is an Information Quality Certified Professional (International Association for Information and Data Quality one of the first 20 to pass this prestigious exam), Certified Data Vault Grandmaster (only person in the world to have this level of certification), and a Certified Scrum Master. He is a strong advocate of agile and lean principles and practices (e.g., Scrum). You can reach him at +31 6 269 671 84, through his website at http://www.prudenza.nl/ or via email at ronald.damhof@prudenza.nl.

I get a lot of questions of people (especially in the United States) about Data Vault. For those who want to familiarize themselves with Data Vault, I hereby offer the links to some papers I wrote (sometimes with others) and a presentation I gave recently (see other post for details):

Published originally in Dutch for Database Magazine, an article that is the first part of a triptych regarding the 'Next generation Enterprise Data Warehousing', this part was an introduction into Data Vault named 'Letting go of the idea of a single version of the truth'  - August 2008 - Download

Published originally in Dutch for Database Magazine, an article that is the second part of a triptych regarding the 'Next generation Enterprise Data Warehousing', this part deals with the post-Data Vault processing, the business rules in particular - November 2008 - Download

Published originally in Dutch for Database Magazine, an article that is the final part of a triptych regarding the 'Next generation Enterprise Data Warehousing', this part deals with 'Development processes in Data Warehouse environments' - June 2009 - link

Published in Belgium for BI-community.org, a keynote article titled: Data Vault, Business Objectives for next generation data warehousing - January 2011 - Download

And finally a link to the presentation I held on the Advanced Data Vault seminar, May 5 & 6 in Baarn, the Netherlands: link

**July 2nd,2011 - Tom Breur wrote a good piece "Tom's ten data tips", very much Data Vault related.


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