Connecting the dots

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Connecting the dots
From 2011/04/30 12:30:00 to 2011/04/30 17:00:59
Presenters (1):
Cedric De Vroey
Whitespace Blekerijstraat 75, Gent, Belgium
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«A 4hr workshop about Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Most common concepts and techniques like ETL and MDM will be discussed and you'll also learn a bit about what software is available out there to get started.»


- What is Data Warehousing and why do you use it?

- What is ETL?

- What (open-source) software is out there to start with data warehousing?

- What are cool appliances of data warehousing?

- What kind of data models can you use?

- Where can you find loads of free data?

Why would it be interesting to join?

- You'll see how data from different sources is merged and combined together in one informationstream.

- You'll learn about multi dimensional models (time, location, ...)

- You'll learn about Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon, the two gurus in the scene with contradicting opinions (Basically "Would you collect all available data or only the data that you need?")

- You'll learn about indexing strategies and database performance

- You'll learn how to merge local data with remote data from i.e. Google Maps API and Twitter REST API.

- You can also learn all these things in certified trainings, but they cost € 1800,00/day ;-)


There are no real prerequisits, everybody is free to join. However to grasp the full technical details during the workshop it's recommended you know something about the following topics:

  • SQL (any variant is ok)
  • Relational databases
  • Experience in working with structured data (CSV, XML, ...) can also come in handy


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