For those of you not present at the Data Vault automation seminar (oct.6 2011); hereby the foreword of the conference proceedings. We are still debating how we will publish these proceedings - will let you know.
We would like to welcome you to - what we expect to be - a wonderful conference dedicated to the innovation of passionate people in the industry of data warehousing and business intelligence. These people and their companies discovered methods to further enhance the maturity and professionalism in which we - as an industry - developed data warehouses. Of course, to the great benefit of clients; either to adhere to compliancy regulations, being able to deal with constant changes in the business, boost innovation in product development or to improve and control operational costs.
Tom and myself came up with the idea of this conference simply because we both feel that there is a lot to gain from automating data warehouses. Of course ‘automating’ as such, did not came out of the blue. Examples of companies that laid the groundwork are Kalido and BIReady (where the latter is of Dutch origin). Then in 2007, Data Vault was introduced in the Netherlands1 by Dan Linstedt, Ronald Damhof, and DNV/CIBIT. Back then we did several courses with mainly senior data warehouse consultants - and we had a blast! The rest is history. Data Vault skyrocketed and the number of Certified Data Vault modelers has since increased rapidly. Without any scientific research to back backing up this claim, it is estimated that the majority of new data warehouse projects in the Netherlands are now based on Data Vault.
In this turmoil of new ways to deliver data warehouses, innovative people and organisations saw opportunities to support and increase the velocity and quality of the delivery process. One of those areas of opportunity is the automation of data warehouse production. And although we originally intended the seminar to be generic, we ended up with automation innovations particularly oriented towards Data Vault.
This conference is a platform for the various innovations to show us their stuff and teach us how we can benefit from their hard work. It is also an opportunity for the attendees to ‘gauge the temperature’ the market of Data Vault innovations by listening and talking to the people behind these innovations. And finally we hope that you take the opportunity to catch up with the community. It is safe to say that just about everybody who has an opinion on Data Vault, will be present.
We would like to thank DIKW- academy and the sponsors for sharing our passion and making it possible to keep the fee for this conference low, thereby contributing to sharing of knowledge and improving ourselves as a community.
Ronald Damhof & Tom Breur
1 Data Vault was published way before 2007 by of course Dan Linstedt himself and others as well (M.Ketelaars for example)