Turn of the year is always a good time to look back in history. In this first blog post of the new year, I want to tell you the story of my very first “data warehouse” project. A not very serious blog post with some serious recommendations in the end.
A good idea when working with Data Vault is to generate the tables and load processes to avoid a lot of manual development. biGENiUS, the Data Warehouse automation tool of Trivadis, is now able to generate Data Vault objects.
Our new book “Data Warehouse Blueprints” is now available at Hanser Verlag as printed edition and e-book. Here a short overview of the book and some background information about the long history of this publication.
Ensemble modeling is a family of data modeling approaches optimized for data warehouse. Its basic idea is to break things into parts to increase flexibility and to change them independently. A group of people met in Stockholm to find the least common denominator of several ensemble modeling approaches. I had the luck to be invited to this “ensemble dinner”.
The configuration of a DWH database is different than the setting for an OLTP database. This has an impact on several initialization parameters of the Oracle database. The following list gives an overview of some important parameters that should be set correctly in a data warehouse environment.
In the physical design of a star schema, it is recommended to use surrogate keys for the primary keys of dimension tables. Except for the time dimension. In Oracle data warehouses it is common to use a DATE column as the primary key. The reason for this decision and several alternative solutions are described in this post.
The Oracle OpenWorld 2014 just finished yesterday, but unfortunately I was not able to attend this great conference this year. Perhaps next year – who knows…
But I had the luck to give several presentations in the last few years on Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, on the DOAG Conference in Nuremberg and on some other German conferences. Now you can find all these presentations on SlideShare. Because most of the slides are not brand new, my Trivadis colleague Silvana Bernasconi reformatted the older presentations to the current Trivadis PowerPoint template (thank you, Silvana). Nevertheless I promise: The contents of all these presentations is still up to date. Enjoy to have a look at and probably download some of the presentations.
An overview of all my presentations you can find on the Presentation page.