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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,

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Cofounder of Genesee Academy, RapidACE, and, 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

I've just read Jill Dyche's excellent entry about the value of communities, and I agree - communities are important for us to collaborate and communicate.  It's why I'm happy to be a part of, and LinkedIn where I belong to a number of communities.  I'd like to take a minute to tell you about other communities that we've launched recently.

By the way, I won't do this very often - most of the time I like to blog about business and IT.  I felt it necessary to let everyone know what I've been up to for the past 8 months, in addition to traveling to Europe to teach the Data Vault.

Now before you start commenting on how this is an advertisement, let me say - yes, it is in a way.  But as always, I am trying to provide the business with serious value.  The value here?  Budgets are being slashed on average of 20%, training budgets are nearly gone, yet new innovation must continue.  You can no longer afford to "go to a class", nor to "pay" to have an instructor come to you. It's tougher and tougher to get budget to attend large conferences.  We are putting content on-line, and making it affordable, so you can continue to learn and innovate at your own pace without the high-cost, and without a lot of expense.  We believe in the community messages, and are fostering three new communities that will really help the DW/BI space.

One major effort, centers on e-learning.  You can get to this community at - Bill Inmon, myself, and Hans Hultgren offer on-line training for you on subjects like DW2.0, Unstructured Data, VLDW, Data Vault, CIF, and business accumen of DW/BI landscape.  We are posting new material every week.  Register for free, watch a few courses now.

In this day and age where IT budgets are slashed, it becomes near impossible to "go to a class" or to bring an instructor in.  You can take these courses at your liesure from your desk, and it's a very reasonable fee.  Anyhow, the e-learning community is the place to go for new knowledge, you can register for free, and see the quality of the video and sound that we produce, and watch a few free segments.

I also launched a more intense community around the Data Vault modeling called the Data Vault Institute.  The new URL will come soon, but for now, you can reach it at:  This community is free to register.  In this community, you will find white papers, articles, downloads, and a host of customers and IT folks using the data vault and discussing the business practices all over the world.  This community is more than just a technical community, it's for business users too.  Here they can find out the business value of the Data Vault, and why it helps put agility back in to their IT teams.  We will also offer a FREE 3-D data model visualizer for anyone who pays to upgrade as a subscribed memberSign up now for free!

Finally, next week, I'm launching another e-learning community - with a focus on Software Tool training.  You can see the "old-site" now, at - the new site is completely revamped and will be launched next week.  It will start with Informatica based e-learning, my own custom courses finally available on-line for a reasonable cost.  So take a look at this site in about another week or so to get access immediately to new content.  I'm also interested in talking to vendors who want to post their own training courses on-line with us, we have a full production video studio.

If you like this kind of entry please comment and let me know.  If you don't like this kind of entry, like-wise, please let me know.  I am curious to the feedback - and I promise, if you like it, I'll keep you up to date only once every 6 months.

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Dan Linstedt

Posted January 24, 2009 8:22 AM
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Hey Dan-

Thanks for the props on my blog entry. Just a clarification that that particular post was written by my Baseline colleague Rob Paller. It's always nice to have a "guest post" from time to time and Rob has some trenchant observations on BI, as do you, Mr. Data Vault.



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