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Informatica « from the gut
Shane on November 2nd, 2006

The holy grail of a former .NET web developer is how to combine the techniques of agile and test-driven development with ETL tools and data volumes. Mark Rittman shows that he is a brother-in-arms with my quest.

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Shane on November 2nd, 2006

This excellent piece in DMReview deliberates on some criteria for selecting (or justifying) an ETL tool. We are struggling with this right now. Our shop uses a combination of Informatica and SQL Server DTS for our ETL jobs. With Oracle Warehouse Builder 10gR2 and SQL Server Integration Services both released as viable alternatives, we need [...]

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Shane on June 27th, 2006

I got a question about PowerExchange throughput the other day. When we were first evaluating PowerExchange as a solution, this was a primary concern of ours. We devoted hundreds of hours designing, implementing, and refining a good test of our throughput. In the end, we over-tested. The throughputs that we dealt with in the test [...]

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Shane on October 31st, 2005

Actually, I’m not at the office, but I am doing what I would consider “work” today. I’m at the TDWI World Conference in Orlando. Today I attended Stephen Brobst’s class on “Designing a High Performance Data Warehouse”. While the course came highly recommended, I was somewhat skeptical going in that, being software agnostic, it would [...]

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