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The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights Paperback – Jun 2 2011
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About the Author
Robert Laberge is a lead principle consultant for the IBM Industry Models and Assets Lab in Dublin which focuses on data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. He has helped more than 50 large organizations in 20 countries by mentoring, training, and demonstrating data warehouse and business intelligence solutions, including Target, Qwest, ING, Mayo Clinic, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, BMW, Korea Telecom, Scotiabank, Capital One, Reliance Infocomm, and Tata Group. Robert has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Durham (UK) and has nearly 30 years of experience in IT.
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I like the way the book is organized, taking you through a virtual tour of where a Data Warehouse conception actually begins (or should begin) and how it should all end (if we follow the right way it should all end happily!).
I found Chapter 2 of this book particularly interesting, it analyzes the concept of `data' and its components in greater depth and detail and impresses the reader how important it is to understand your data better before you start the whole exercise of building a DWE/BI model. To quote Mr. Laberge "organizing the data is the key to creating and maintaining a data warehouse system" and "the better design up front, the less rework required in future". A DBA cannot agree more!!
It only gets more interesting from there, leading to a discussion of the different approaches to implementing a data warehouse architecture, with quite a fair amount of information on ETL processing. There is a whole chapter on data governance, providing valuable insight on what actually comprises `data governance'. There is also the Project Methodology and Planning part, which offers excellent guidance and clarity on organizing/managing the whole effort.
The book ends with `Post Project Review' as the final chapter, I have not seen that in many books and I think its a unique and fitting ending to this book. I am glad to have found a book that provides me with a total overview of a DWE and BI environment from beginning to end and not just the technical aspects of it.