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Issue Date: June 2007

Africa BI Symposium 2007 delivers new insight into data warehousing

June 2007

Africa BI Symposium 2007 will deliver new insight into the latest data warehousing strategies, approaches and technologies - one of the driving principles behind data integration and business intelligence (BI). Tailored to deliver value to technical attendees, the annual event will launch with a focus on a three-day DW 2.0 certification facilitated by Bill Inmon, a world renowned expert with 35 years experience in the field of data warehousing.

Data warehousing is the foundation of, and a key ingredient in the success of BI, making it the logical focus for this, the first of a series of annual symposiums on BI. institute is the primary sponsor for the DW 2.0 certification.
The DW 2.0 certification provides data warehouse and BI professionals with insight into data warehouse technologies, approaches and decisions, and how they impact the greater organisation.
Says Cassim Parak, CEO at institute, is a provider of information and communication technology (ICT) solutions that are critical for large enterprises and governments globally, "Creating a data warehouse that incorporates proven methodologies and best practices underpins the success of BI, performance management (PM) and data integration. Having the knowledge to apply DW 2.0 approaches and principles will raise the bar not only for local businesses but the local BI industry too."
Globalisation and the requirement to view business issues and processes from an elevated level means smarter data warehousing approaches need to be applied. A platform with a sound architectural framework that can deliver a single view of the enterprise is critical. However, there are many options and approaches, and the available local data warehousing skills need to be developed, honed and refined to leverage these options. Bill Inmon's DW 2.0 certification will equip local professionals with the necessary expertise to take them into the next generation of data warehousing.
Says Bill Inmon, speaker and author of Data Warehousing and co-creator of the Corporate Information of Factory: "DW2.0 is based on my vision for the future of data warehousing, offering attendees a model example of what a data warehouse should be." After successfully completing the exam based on the three-day course, the attendee is listed on the Bill Inmon website as having completed the certification process.
"This will benefit the local market as South Africa features some distinct successes with data warehousing but has also had some spectacular failures. Equipping local data warehousing and BI professionals and architects will ensure more successful and sustainable data warehouse and BI programs within organisations."
The curriculum includes issues such as the life cycle of data within the data warehouse; the inclusion of unstructured data with structured data; meta data as a tightly integrated part of the data warehouse; and the pressing requirement to handle huge amounts of data within the organisation.
Africa BI Symposium 2007 will take place at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, from 25 to 27 June 2007.
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