Thursday, January 27, 10.00 - 17.00
and Data Warehousing
Will Microsoft's move into the data warehousing market help move things forward, or will it cause chaos in a market that is already easily put into whirlpools? The data warehousing market has successfully survived, adopted, and exploited the Web to gain a broader acceptance and use of data warehousing. Will Microsoft's initiatives help move this market further into mass adoption? Is this the force that can move data warehousing across the chasm?
In order for Microsoft to be a positive force, it will require success in some very difficult areas. SQL Server V7.0 has to be taken seriously and provide the basic performance and scalability requirements required by most data mart and lower end data warehousing solutions. Will the data transformation services be robust enough to gain credibility from the IT world and skeptics? Will the new OLAP server and associated OLE database interfaces be accepted and gain acceptance in the access tool market? Will Microsoft continue to enhance and drive performance and scalability? One of the biggest challenges that remains for data warehousing is also a major challenge for Microsoft — meta data. Will Microsoft's efforts with the Microsoft Repository and the underlying OIM be fleshed out and accepted? TDWI felt that these questions, and the potential impact of the answers, were important enough to spend some time and focus on them.
This session will explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of Microsoft's data warehousing initiatives. It will examine how these initiatives will impact the data warehousing market, data warehouse implementations, and other data warehousing tool providers.
If you are considering these new initiatives by Microsoft for your data warehousing environment, then this session is a must in order to make the correct decisions in a very complex environment. Attendees will hear from practitioners in the field, as well as from their peers in other companies that have developed and deployed Microsoft data warehousing solutions including for example Arla, CTP, Intentia, Sparbanken and WM-Data. The session will provide an in-depth analysis of critical issues using lectures from leading practitioners in the field, case study presentations by pioneering users, product demos given to demonstrate the new Microsoft offerings, and an assortment of panel discussions and debates.
The Microsoft Strategy
— Presented by Microsoft
The Microsoft Strategy
— Lessons From the Pioneers
Microsoft's Move Into
the Warehouse — Trends and Issues