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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - The Logical Data Warehouse – Design, Architecture, and Technology

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Dear TDWI Carolinas BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Carolinas Chapter meeting on Thursday March 24, 2016. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our speakers will be DW/BI end-users reporting on their success and lessons learned implementing various BI tools or projects. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Thursday March 24, 2016
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM



Grace Hopper Auditorium (Room 01.600)
101 Metlife Way
Cary, NC 27513


The Logical Data Warehouse – Design, Architecture, and Technology



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Networking and Registration

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Introductions and Chapter Business

9:10 AM – Noon

The Logical Data Warehouse – Design, Architecture, and Technology by Rick van der Lans


Classic data warehouse architectures are made up of a chain of databases. This chain consists of numerous databases, such as the staging area, the central data warehouse and several data marts, and countless ETL programs needed to pump data through the chain. This architecture has served many organizations well. But is it still adequate for all the new user requirements and can new technology be used optimally for data analysis and storage?

Integrating self-service BI products with this architecture is not easy and certainly not if users want to access the source systems. Delivering 100% up-to-date data to support operational BI is difficult to implement. And how do we embed new storage technologies, such as Hadoop and NoSQL, into the architecture?

It is time to migrate gradually to a more flexible architecture in which new data sources can be hooked up to the data warehouse more quickly, in which self-service BI can be supported correctly, in which operational BI is easy to implement, in which the adoption of new technology, such as Hadoop and NoSQL, is easy, and in which the processing of big data is not a technological revolution, but an evolution. 

The architecture that fulfills all these needs is called the logical data warehouse architecture. This architecture is based on a decoupling of reporting and analyses on the one hand, and data sources on the other hand.

Data virtualization technology is available to create a logical data warehouse, and many organizations have already successfully completed the migration; a migration that is based on a step-by-step process and not on full rip-and-replace approach.

In this practical seminar, the architecture is explained and products will be discussed. It discusses how organizations can migrate their existing architecture to this new one. Tips and design guidelines are given to help make this migration as efficient as possible.

Note there will be a break during the presentation. Drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Noon – 12:30 PM

Q&A and Wrap-up


Space is limited so sign up early!

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Bios of Presenters

Rick van der Lans
Rick is an independent analyst, consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Big Data, and database technology.  He is Managing Director of R20/Consultancy. He has helped many large companies worldwide on defining their Business Intelligence and Big Data architectures.  Mr. van der Lans is an internationally acclaimed lecturer. He is chairman of the European Business Intelligence Conference. His popular IT books have been translated into many languages and have sold over 100,000 copies. His latest book is entitled Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems. He writes blogs for well-known websites, such as and, and he has written numerous successful whitepapers.

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