Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

The Information Staircase

July 1, 2012 1 comment

With the Big Data wave rolling over us these days, it seems everyone is trying to wrap their heads around how these new components fit into the overall information architecture of the enterprise.

Not only that, there are also organisational challenges on how to staff the systems drinking the big data stream. We are hearing about new job roles such as "Data Scientist” being coined (the banks have had them for a long time, they call them Quants) and old names being brought back like “Data Steward”.

While thinking of these issues, I have tried to put together a visual representation of the different architecture layers and the roles interacting with them:


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A DW Venn Diagram

January 28, 2012 3 comments


Don’t Become a One-trick Architect

December 8, 2011 12 comments

imageWe are near the dawn of a new workload: BigData. While some people say that “it is always darkest just before the dawn”. I beg to differ: I think it is darkest just before it goes pitch black.  Have a cup of wakeup coffee, get your eyes adjusted to the new light, and to flying blind a bit, because the next couple of years are going to be really interesting.

In this post, I will be sharing my views on where we have been and a bit about where we are heading in the enterprise architecture space. I will say in advance that my opinions on BigData are just crystalizing, and it is most likely that I will be adjusting them and changing my mind.

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The Big Picture – EDW/DW architecture

August 30, 2011 36 comments

Now that the cat is out of the bag on the Kimball forum, I figured it would be a good idea to present the full architecture that I will be arguing for. I was hoping to build up to it slowly, by establishing each premise on its own before moving on to the conclusion.

But perhaps it is better to start from the conclusion and then work my way down to the premises and show each one in turn.

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Physically Placing the Maps in the architecture

August 19, 2011 2 comments

Before we leave the maps behind, I need to live up to my promise of describing the storage characteristics of tables visited during the journey through the warehouse architecture. This must include the physical location of maps. Since believe form must follow function in a DW, let us just recall their function:

From a functional perspective, I have shown you how map tables can be used to both track and correct source system keys. Maps are not visible to the end user, but they are a necessary part of the data’s journey from the source to the final data model. Maps also provide the abstraction of, or interface to, master data sources. In the absence of those sources – the maps can even serve as a makeshift master data repository.

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Microsoft Announces Plans to Introduce Hadoop Interoperability

August 12, 2011 2 comments

For those of you who have not yet seen it, Microsoft recently announced that they will be looking at Hadoop connectivity to the database stack:

Some of you may have wondered why I have not yet mentioned the BigData movement as part of my DW articles. In my defense I will say that this a big trend, something I had to give a lot of thought to position correctly. Before I can talk more about how it fits into the full DW/BI architecture – I have to argue a bit more for my warehousing approach.

I can reveal that I see traditional data warehousing (especially dimensional modeling) and BigData compliment each other in a way that solves some of the common complaints of warehouse builders across the world. I hope you will find my thoughts on BigData fit nicely into the picture I will be painting of the warehousing world going forward in this blog.

Reading Material

May 9, 2011 1 comment

Today, I was asked a good question: “What material do you read to stay up to date on SQL Server, computers and data modeling” (thanks Chris). Let me try to answer this:

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