Speaker Spotlight Column: James Michael Lee on Data Warehousing

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edw2013-speaker-spotlightby Charles Roe

DATAVERSITY™ recently interviewed James Michael Lee, a Data Consultant at Data Blueprint. James will be giving a session at the Enterprise Data World 2014 Conference in Austin, Texas from April 27 – May 1, 2014. His session is titled “Choosing the Right Data Warehouse Modeling Strategy Based on your Business Needs: Kimball, Inmon, Data Vault” and will be co-presented with Josh Bartels, a Lead Data Consultant at Data Blueprint.

The Speaker Spotlight Column (and its parallel venture the Sponsor Spotlight Column) is an ongoing project that focuses on highlighting several of the central issues represented at the many Data Management conferences produced by DATAVERSITY.

The primary emphasis of the interview was to question James Michael Lee on his work and history within the industry, with particular importance on his presentation at the upcoming conference:

DATAVERSITY (DV): What are you going to discuss during your session at EDW14, and what will the audience gain from attending your talk? (Please be specific about one or two issues you’ll be addressing and the benefits the audience will obtain).

James Michael Lee (JML): We will be discussing the similarities and differences between the current trends in Data Warehouse methodologies. A comparative overview of Top Down, Bottom Up and hybrid techniques will allow businesses to identify which model will work for them. Two main issues that drive differences in the approaches include application of business rules and scalability.

DV: What is really important about such a topic in terms of the current state of Data Management and / or how the industry going to transform moving into the future?

JML: With growing trends in data Volume and Velocity a need for scalable and flexible structures is ever increasing. Asking the right questions can get you to answers that will enable reduced cost and efforts when engineering and reengineering systems

DV: Please tell us a little about yourself and your history in the industry, past work experience, and how you got started in the data profession?

JML: I’ve worked for the past 7 years in several industries including telecom, defense department, insurance, shipping and banking. I have worked with multiple technology platforms spanning the market leaders of Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. I’ve also studied and assisted in running or implementing all three warehousing methodologies. My work started through academia under the tutelage of Peter Aiken, one of the world’s foremost experts in Data Management and a common speaker here at EDW.

DV: What is the biggest challenge happening in your particular area of Data Management at this time?

JML: Many organizations are struggling to modernize their platforms, processes and organizational structures. We are working to provide companies with the means and methods to unlock business value from their data. This can include implementation of new processes, organizational entities and data platforms.

DV: How have your job, and / or the work you are doing at your organization, altered in the past 12 months? How do you expect it will change in the next 1-2 years?

JML: In the past several months I have gone from working on data quality and data stewardship programs to generation of ETL scripts. I am currently working on legacy data platform migrations and Data Vault Implementation. Over the next several years I expect to see more Data Governance work and Data-centric Architecture implementations.

DV: Are there any other emerging technologies you predict will affect your job function in the future?

JML: Big Data and NoSQL are the current trending buzz words in our market area. These topics will need to be fully understood and case studies examined to see how such technologies could assist in unlocking business value. However, many companies currently struggle with implementations of data architecture and data strategy. I expect that a great deal of work will still focus on those needs.

DV: What’s your favorite “Data” or “Data Management” quote?

JML: If the only tool you know how to use is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

DV: How do you explain what you do for work, at a cocktail party, or to your grandparents?

JML: I help unlock business value through the use of data by helping establish strategies, tools and methods that will guide businesses down the path to success. This can include any number of things such as establishing new data platforms, management structures, processes or just helping companies understand how data impacts their activities.

If you are interested in attending James’ session at EDW2014, please see the conference schedule at: http://edw2014.dataversity.net/agenda.cfm?confid=79&scheduleDay=PRINT

His session is on Monday, April 28th at 5.00pm.

About Enterprise Data World:

Enterprise Data World is the business world’s most comprehensive educational event about data and information management. Over five days, EDW presents a diverse schedule of programming that addresses every level of proficiency, including keynotes, workshops, tutorials, case studies, and discussions.

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