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Dan Linstedt

Bill Inmon has given me this wonderful opportunity to blog on his behalf. I like to cover everything from DW2.0 to integration to data modeling, including ETL/ELT, SOA, Master Data Management, Unstructured Data, DW and BI. Currently I am working on ways to create dynamic data warehouses, push-button architectures, and automated generation of common data models. You can find me at Denver University where I participate on an academic advisory board for Masters Students in I.T. I can't wait to hear from you in the comments of my blog entries. Thank-you, and all the best; Dan Linstedt http://www.COBICC.com, danL@danLinstedt.com

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Cofounder of Genesee Academy, RapidACE, and BetterDataModel.com, Daniel Linstedt is an internationally known expert in data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, very large data warehousing (VLDW), OLTP and performance and tuning. He has been the lead technical architect on enterprise-wide data warehouse projects and refinements for many Fortune 500 companies. Linstedt is an instructor of The Data Warehousing Institute and a featured speaker at industry events. He is a Certified DW2.0 Architect. He has worked with companies including: IBM, Informatica, Ipedo, X-Aware, Netezza, Microsoft, Oracle, Silver Creek Systems, and Teradata.  He is trained in SEI / CMMi Level 5, and is the inventor of The Matrix Methodology, and the Data Vault Data modeling architecture. He has built expert training courses, and trained hundreds of industry professionals, and is the voice of Bill Inmons' Blog on http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/linstedt/.

This is a very short entry to let you know, we have a FREE Metadata Tool scorecard available for your downloading. What does this scorecard contain?

This scorecard contains over 300 ranking elements for the evaluation of a metadata tool within your environment. Everything from Cost to availability of consultants, to cost of consultants per hour - including metadata on queries, business rules, and data itself.

Please keep in mind that this is a future looking scorecard. There are a LOT of features and functionality that no metadata tool has to offer today, however the metadata itself is available and can be captured with a little bit of manipulation. For instance, Teradata captures query timings, execution cycles, where clauses, the SQL that was executed, who ran it, and how long it took. No metadata tool that I'm aware of picks this up today.

On the other hand there is additional metadata buried in business rules engines like Logist, or business process engines like WebMethods - again there is a question as to how deep these metadata tools go, and can they integrate this with technical or structured metadata. There are also areas of unstructured metadata retrieval (as typically found in Rational Suite of products), the metadata tools today don't do a good job of connecting to these engines either.

There are many different types of metadata rules, and CWM doesn't cover them all. Just because a metadata tool states CWM compliance doesn't mean they've implemented the CWM interface in a standards type of format. So you see, the need to use a metadata tool scorecard has come. The need to push metadata vendors into evolving the products (out of the current complacency they have) is necessary.

Love to have your feedback, thoughts and comments - particularly if there's something I shouldn't include in the scorecard, or if there's something I forgot to include in the scorecard.

Scorecard is at: Myers-Holum, Inc

Dan L
CTO, Myers-Holum, Inc.

Posted June 2, 2005 6:15 AM
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