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Issue Date: April 2008

Sybase to bring US-based Kimball University and president to SA

April 2008

Following the success of its recent BI event with international data warehousing guru, Ralph Kimball, Sybase SA's B.I. Practice is bringing US-based Kimball University and its president to SA to host the University's foundation business intelligence (BI) event called Data Warehouse Lifecycle In Depth from 29 July-1 August 2008, at Emperor's Palace, in Johannesburg.

This foundation course, which is the first in a series of four, will explore what it takes to successfully implement a data warehouse from inception through to deployment and will be taught by Kimball Group president, Margy Ross and Kimball University consultant, Warren Thornthwaite, co-authors of the popular 'data warehouse lifecycle toolkit' book.
"Kimball University, operated by the Kimball Group, offers public and on-site data warehouse classes based on their best-selling books and extensive hands-on consulting experience," says Estelle de Beer, practice manager for Sybase SA's B.I. Practice, a leading BI provider.
"They are committed to providing the highest quality, most practical data warehousing education."
The data warehouse/business intelligence (DW/BI) system continues to be one of the most organisationally complex and technically interesting IT projects. "This course will prepare attendees to successfully implement their DW/BI environment and is packed with specific techniques, guidance and advice, from initial project planning through to deployment and maintenance."
The world renowned Data Warehouse Lifecycle in Depth Class course has been designed to appeal to all major roles on a data warehouse project, from project managers to DBAs to data modellers to application developers. "It is also for anyone new to data warehousing who wants to learn how to do it, or who has been through a project or two and wants to learn how to do it right," she adds.
Course content includes an introduction to the business dimensional lifecycle, a roadmap for the DW/BI project, project planning and management, business requirements definition, dimensional modelling (including case studies and workshops), technical architecture design, ETL process and workflow, physical configuration options, physical database design, deployment, maintenance and growth.
"Kimball University (KU) is the definitive source for dimensional data warehouse education that provides the highest quality and most practical education consistent with its instructors' books and extensive experience in the dimensional approach," she explains.
De Beer says that attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best. Margy Ross has focused exclusively on decision support and data warehousing for more than 20 years, specialising in program/project strategy, business requirements analysis, and dimensional modeling.
Since helping over 100 large organisations with their data warehouses, she remains convinced that business acceptance is the true measure of data warehouse success.
Kimball University consultant Warren Thornthwaite, has been building decision support and data warehousing systems since 1980. He managed consulting firm Metaphor for eight years, where he implemented major data warehouse systems and then managed the enterprise-wide data warehouse development at Stanford University. He then co-founded data warehouse consulting firm InfoDynamics. Warren joined up with WebTV to help build a world class, multiterabyte customer focused data warehouse before returning to consulting.
The cost for the 4-day course is R20 000 (excluding VAT) per person.
This includes four days of instruction, breakfast, lunch and morning/afternoon snacks, course materials and an internationally recognised Certificate of Completion from Kimball University. Attendees will receive a copy of the Companion Toolkit and early bird discounts are also available for R18 000. (if paid registration is received before 30 June 2008) There is only one class so seating is very limited and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Those interested in registering can contact Tessa Kyd on +27 (0)11 804 6562 or e-mail her at

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