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Data Warehousing Software Update: Bill Inmon Makes the Case for DW 2.0

The data warehousing software market is getting some parental guidance. Bill Inmon, widely recognized as the father of data warehousing, unveiled "DW 2.0™" in December of 2005. DW 2.0 is Inmon's definition of a specific, next-generation data warehouse architecture. He created the designation because many data warehouses are missing some key architectural elements. Inmon has trademarked "DW 2.0" and only authorizes commercial data warehousing software vendors to use the designation after he reviews products against his specifications.

Data warehouses with the DW 2.0 certification differ greatly from first-generation products. Among its benefits, the DW 2.0 architecture lowers data warehousing costs. It also helps companies make better use of structured and unstructured data, a concept getting more attention from analyst firms such as TDWI and Bloor Research. A DW 2.0 data warehouse enables organizations to develop an agile data warehousing foundation that can evolve and change over time.

This approximately 15-minute long podcast includes some technical details, but is designed to be accessible to both business and IT staff. Listeners will:

  • Learn the main differences between a DW 2.0 data warehouse and a first generation data warehouse.
  • Hear more about the business and technical benefits of a DW 2.0 data warehouse.
  • Find out how Inmon suggests getting executive support for a DW 2.0 project.
  • Learn the four main components, or sectors, of the DW 2.0 architecture -- and how these support enhanced performance and organizational agility.


Bill Inmon Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer Bill Inmon is founder of Inmon Data Systems. Inmon has been universally recognized as the "father of data warehousing," and is the creator of the Corporate Information Factory and more recently, created the Government Information Factory. He has over 35 years of experience in database technology management and data warehouse design and has been a keynote speaker for many industry conferences, seminars, and tradeshows. He has also published more than 1,000 articles and 46 books about data management and data warehousing, and his books have been translated into nine languages. Learn more on his Website,
17 Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
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