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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/.

I wouldn't be here, blogging for Bill today - writing articles, and teaching at conferences if it weren't for my various mentors along the way. All of whom have helped me tremendously. I want to stop for a moment, and give credit where credit is due. There are many many individuals who have helped me get to where I am today, and please forgive me if I forget to mention your name, drop me a reply or a comment - on what we did together, so that it is included as a part of this tribute.

I needed to stop and say: THANK-YOU to all those who are helping me on my journey.

First, thank-you to Claudia Imhoff. She has been a true inspiration throughout these years. She was the first to review the Data Vault Data Modeling architecture over 5 years ago, and stood up and said: "This is exactly what Bill and I have been looking for, for over 10 years." Of course she's helped me with my articles on www.TDAN.com, B-Eye-Network, she got me involved with TDWI, and encouraged me to write. She also is responsible for introducing me to Bill Inmon.

Bill Inmon, back in 1999 I was unknown - just an upstart with a lot of green - of course I still have a lot of green, and a lot to learn (always learning from all my mentors). Bill not only reviewed the Data Vault architecture, but helped me learn the true meaning of Data Warehousing. I've had the pleasure of visiting Bill at his house several times, and on numerous occasions he's graciously given me time to ask un-informed questions. Bill then let me write for his original Bill Inmon Newsletter, on Nanotechnology of all things, occasionally he entertained my articles on Data Warehousing, Data Integration and Business Intelligence. Bill and I do not always agree on what is and what isn't in the world of DW, BI and data integration - but that doesn't stop a wonderful friendship.

Bob Terdeman. I saw Bob speak at a TDWI conference in 1999, and was fascinated by his attention to detail. Back then he was the CTO for EMC. Bob is a wonderful individual and always had time to help me with the ideas of what makes a very large data store (be it a warehouse or otherwise) successful. He reviewed my ideas, and helped me discover new things about the world of smart storage and the business of presenting.

Tammy Henderson and I worked together as employees of a very large government contracting corporation. Tammy and I but heads all the time, but in a good way - she founded the center of excellence at this particular corporation, and gave me resolve to really work on the compliance, accountability, project planning tracking and oversight portions of the business. Tammy showed me around the company and introduced me to the business users - giving me access and insight to business which I would otherwise never have experienced. She challenged my ideas.

Steve Koons. Another individual at this particular organization, showed me the ropes and handled all of the classified interactions with our data warehousing effort. He took our data and our integration processes to a whole new level, clearing the way for our data model and our best practices methodology to be utilized across the organization. Steve helped me formulate the mechanisms for turning our group of IT into a profit center for our business users. He assisted us in getting more contracts than we could possibly fulfill.

Hans Hultgren. Hans asked for my help in formulating a Masters Degree program for DW/BI at Daniels College of Business, Denver University. He graciously asked me to sit in on the academic advisory board, and help him recruit many of my mentors and friends in the industry. He has given me the opportunity to give back to the community which has provided me with so much success. I thoroughly enjoy guest lecturing at DU, and our world-class board members shows it: Bill Inmon, Lowell Fryman, Hans Hultgren, Claudia Imhoff, (me), Tammy Henderson, Maureen Clarry, Kent Graziano, and a few others.

Kent Graziano, speaking of which - has assisted me in numerous ways. He's currently assisting in the editing and co-authoring of my Data Vault Data Modeling book, due out on B-Eye Network in PDF format shortly. He's been a great guide, and advocate of the Data Vault architecture since the beginning. He's also helped me with the Unversal Data Models that he, Bill and Len Silverston have made famous.

Grady Booch. Grady and I have had several conversations about the world of object oriented programming, UML class design, architecture, and where the Data Vault data modeling fits in. Grady has assisted me with many different facets of understanding in the business requirements world.

Richard Hackathorn. Richard and I go way back. Claudia introduced me to Richard many years ago, and I had the opportunity to discuss cycle time reduction, business process "squeeze" in time, and a range of topics relating to business requirements, the market space and developing interests.

Stephen Brobst and Kim Stanick. I saw Stephen teach at TDWI on high performance data warehousing techniques. Soon after I was asking him questions about parallelism, partitioning, and of course Teradata. He also spent some time reviewing the Data Vault data modeling architecture. Needless to say, he and Kim Stanick got me involved in the "Friends of Teradata Network", of which I am most greatful to be a part of.

Clive Finkelstein, one of the originators with John Zachman of the Zachman Framework - helped me see clearly on the nature of the framework, differences between architecture and implementation, and what some of the components in the framework were. Clive has also reviewed the Data Vault Data Modeling architecture, and has given his approval for it as a good architecture for implementation of one of the cells within the Zachman framework.

Wayne Eckerson. Wayne first gave me the opportunity to teach at TDWI, and has repeatedly helped me with slide edits, comments, documentation, teaching styles and improvements. Wayne has been a true inspiration for me in the speaker’s circuit world. Wayne and Richard Winter gave me the opportunity to teach VLDW at TDWI in the beginning, needless to say, Richard Winter has also provided me with valuable feedback and good friendship on what makes a good VLDW - and how they work. Lately I've been helped tremendously by Dave Wells - he's also provided wonderful feedback throughout the years, and continues to do so. All the folks at TDWI deserve a huge thank-you.

Bob Seiner - a wonderful friend and mentor. Bob has helped me with my publications along the way - edits, changes, reviews, and of course the articles on http://www.TDAN.com He's always given me good feedback and great content, lately he's been assisting me with the Knowledge Management, Metadata Management, and Master Data Management components.

Calla Knopman - the one friend who stuck by me during the development phases of the Data Vault way back in 1995 through 2000. She pushed me to write about it, share it, finish the thought processes. She's always been a good sounding board for me, and continues to be one of the best friends I have.

Shawn Rogers, Ron Powell, Ketherine Drewek, and all the good people at B-Eye Network. They continue to provide me with world-class opportunity to publish, write, and espouse my opinions. They are a huge part of my publishing success today.

There are many, many more people who've helped me along the way, including: Dan Chatten, Jeff Hild, Barb Darrow, Bill Wesley Brown, James O'Bannon, Peter Aiken, David Marco, Dan Sullivan, Harm Van Der Lek, Chris Busch, Juan Jose Van Der Linden, Scott Crownover, Randy Law, Kevin Goodfellow, Ben Isenhour, Matt Duncan, Kim Dossey, Frank Sparacino, Henry Morris, Jill Dyche, Jeff Jonas, and all my friends at different vendors.

Last but not least, I must thank my current employer Myers Holum, Inc for supporting me - allowing me to continue my writing career, while earning a living.

Thank-you for allowing me to provide you with this tribute to my life journey.

Posted April 6, 2006 3:25 PM
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