William H. Inmon (born 1945) is an American computer scientist, recognized by many as the father of the data warehouse. Bill 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. Bill 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. Compared with the approach of the other pioneering architect of data warehousing, Ralph Kimball, Inmon’s approach is often characterized as a top-down approach.

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00:00 Intro

01:17 From failed Golf Career to a Computing one

03:06 Originality, Patterns & Database Design

04:37 Punch Cards, Magnetic Tapes, Fortran, Cobalt & Bits in IBM 1401s

11:16 First Book with Arnie Barnett, First Conference & Peer Pressure from Vendors

14:26 Winning over Marketing & Sales People vs IT Departments

18:15 Rise & Fall of IBM, Arrogance, Rudeness & Apathetic Company

20:04 Prism Solutions & Early Days of Data Warehousing, Dormant Data & Textual ETL

30:20 Corporate Information Factory, DataMarts & ETL

32:00 Inmon vs Kimball Approach of Data Architecture, Good, Bad & the Worse

36:15 Data Reliability with Data Marts vs Centralised Data Warehouse

39:00 Staging Area in Kimball System vs Vetting the Data

41:00 Metadata, Beethoven & Importance of Metadata,

45:00 Prolific Writing, Family of Writers & Edgar Allan Poe. Hated Writing in College

48:51 Writing Course at Stanford, Fiction & Technical Communication

51:16 Fiction Published Work & Posthumous Publishing

57:03 ELT vs ETL, Data Needs Work. Computing Power and Data Transformation

01:01:31 Big Data, Data Creation Speed & Future of Data Warehousing

01:04:06 Textual ETL, MIT Symposium & Text Data Utilisation Algorithms, Medical Research & COVID 19

01:13:45 Transformers, NLP, Graph Learning & Unfair Criticism & Animosity

01:23:56 Dotcom Bubble, Gartner’s Hype Curve, Theranos and Deception

01:29:45 Venture Capitalists are not Smart People, they are Rich People.

01:35:31 Cloud Computing vs Local DWHs

01:38:06 Databricks vs Snowflake

01:42:03 Not a Book Reader, Carving your Own Path

01:45:56 Travelling to 59 Countries, Experiencing Culture & Interesting Interactions

01:50:00 From California to Colorado, Nature in the Rockies & Life



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