How Do You Want Your Data Served? The Roles of Open Source BI and Data Virtualization
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  Christopher Bradley   Christopher M Bradley
Chief Development Officer


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Level:  Intermediate

Most organizations today have a Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehouse (DW) solution of some sort. The maturity of BI & DW has moved on from departmental through operational BI to the position we now see in many corporates to that of Enterprise BI.

Additionally, the vast number of information sources frequently means the time to solution through traditional ETL solutions presents a problem. This is where powerful new Data Visualization approaches can help – but choose with care!

The availability of a new generation of DV tools and BI solutions which easily integrate with ERP systems has undoubtedly provided real benefit in reducing overall time to solution.

However, the information explosion, plethora of tool options and information regulation and compliance presents us with more challenges, including:

  • Can EII / Data Virtualisation add value to Data Warehousing? We’ll show 5 ways in they can.
  • Data migration and take on ETL vs EII (or both?): We outline 6 key considerations when deciding
  • Does Open Source BI have a place for me? We’ll share a capability model to help you assess the fit
  • Historical reporting or Predictive analytics? We discuss the differences & options
  • Information Management issues in the BI world. It’s not just about spreadsheets!

Chris has spent over 30 years in the Information management field, working for leading organisations in Data Governance, Information Management Strategy, Master Data Management, Metadata Management, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence. Studying Chemical Engineering at University & later he obtained his MBA. Mr. Bradley’s post academic career started for the UK Ministry of Defence where he worked on several major Naval Database systems and on the development of the ICL Data Dictionary System (DDS). His career included Volvo as lead data base architect, Thorn EMI as Head of Data Management, Readers Digest Inc as European CIO, and Coopers and Lybrand where in the Management Consultancy he established and ran the International Data Management specialist practice. During this time he worked upon and led many major international assignments including data management strategies, data warehouse implementations and establishment of data governance structures and the largest Data Management strategy undertaken in Europe. Mr. Bradley set up the Business Consultancy practice at IPL specialising in IM, BPM and EA. Chris has been working for several years with many clients including a Global energy company, a Norwegian Exploration Company, a Global Pharmaceuticals company & major Financial services organisations. He has introduced Information Architecture Frameworks, developed Data Governance, established Data Modelling as a Service, and developed group-wide Information Management strategies to ensure that common business practices and use of master data and models are promoted throughout. Frequently he is engaged to evangelise the Information Management message to Executive management worldwide, develop governance and new business processes for Information Management and deliver training.

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