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Q&A with Bill Inmon on Some Straight Talk About The Costs Of Data Warehousing


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This is Tamara Graves of Dataupia and it is my pleasure to spend a few minutes talking with Bill Inmon about his research on Data Warehousing 2.0.

Can you tell us:

Q. Web 2.0 is quite a hot topic these days; did this impact your decision to develop Data Warehousing 2.0?
A. Actually, Data Warehousing 2.0 was developed before I even heard about Web 2.0. I was in an airplane going from LA to Singapore when the inspiration for Data Warehousing 2.0 came and it was actually quite a surprise to me when probably 6 months later I saw that Web 2.0 was in the marketplace. So, it was a happy coincidence.
Q. If your company has a Data Warehouse1.0, what is the first step you should take to move to a Data Warehouse2.0?
A. The answer of the question is going to be pretty much different from everybody out there. The answer to that question comes from feeling the pain. Some organizations feel pain of one variety and others feel pain of another variety. Some organizations have so much data that they volume of data becomes painful, other companies have pain from the cost of the infrastructure, other companies have the pain of not knowing what to do with archival data. So, the reality is that the pain that your organization feels is what guides you to moving to Data Warehousing 2.0.
Q. What role does Data Warehouse Appliances, like Dataupia, play in realizing the benefits of Data Warehousing 2.0?
A. I think this is a very good question and I would like to give you a somewhat involved answer. When you take a look at Data Warehousing 1.0 you find that this is a world in which everyone envisioned everything to be on high performance disk storage. And in deed, for the first 5 or 10 years of the initial data warehouse applications that is exactly what happened. But when you look today at the volume of data and the usage of the volume of data that we have out there, data warehouse appliances like Dataupia make it possible to even have Data Warehousing 2.0. Let me state that a little bit differently, if we as an industry continued down the path of storage vendors as we had been doing for years and years, we couldn’t afford Data Warehousing. So, I look at the data warehouse appliances and to Dataupia in particular as enablers of the new brand of information infrastructure that we have today.

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