Posts Tagged ‘Inmon’

Microsoft Data Warehouse Offerings

October 6, 2011

James Serra has recently posted a lot of good information about Microsoft’s Data Warehouse offerings. He has also provided a lot of good links to more information.

MicrosoftSQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances

MicrosoftSQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) Explained

The article Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Using the Kimball Approach  is a great article to get a little deeper into Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse as well.

This white paper explores how the Kimball approach to architecting and building data warehouse/business intelligence (DW/BI) system works with Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse, and how you would incorporate this new product as the cornerstone of your DW/BI system. For readers who are not familiar with the Kimball approach, we begin with a brief overview of the approach and its key principles. We then explore the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) system architecture and discuss its alignment with the Kimball approach. In the last section, we identify key best practices and pitfalls to avoid when building or migrating a large data warehouse to a Microsoft SQL Server PDW system. This includes a look at how Parallel Data Warehouse can work with other Microsoft offerings such as SQL Server 2008 R2, the Microsoft Fast Track Reference Architecture for Data Warehouse, and the new Business Data Warehouse to provide a complete solution for enterprise-class data warehousing.

I have even proposed my own ideas to help with SSISETL Scalability

As a side note, I was recently was drawn into a discussion of Kimball vs. Inmon.  In my experience, most people who say they understand both really don’t. Here is a good article from Kimball which explains some of the differences.

The Kimball bus architecture and the Corporate
Information Factory: What are the fundamental differences?

Facts and Fables About Dimensional Modeling

Honestly, I believe that reading all of Kimball’s books should be a requirement before anyone who is called a Microsoft BI Professional.