Bill Inmon

Father of the data warehouse

William H. (Bill) Inmon (born 1945) is an American computer scientist, recognized by many as the father of the data warehouse. Inmon wrote the first book, held the first conference (with Arnie Barnett), wrote the first column in a magazine and was the first to offer classes in data warehousing. Inmon created the accepted definition of what a data warehouse is - a subject oriented, nonvolatile, integrated, time variant collection of data in support of management's decisions.


Day 1 - Tech Talks 28 May

Data Architectures - are looking in the wrong place

When the first settlers came to America they looked for gold. They looked in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. There isn’t much gold there. They should have looked in California, because there is a lot of gold there. Today people are looking for gold in data. And most people are looking in classical transaction based systems. They are looking in the wrong place. They should be looking at text, because there is plenty of gold just waiting to be found in text. And nobody is looking there.

This presentation on data architecture looks at the broad spectrum of all of the data in the corporation, then focusses on where there is a lot of business value.