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In the area of Data Warehousing I would like to acknowledge Bill Inmon and Claudia Imhoff. On my first data warehouse engagement as a subcontractor for HP Consulting, “Building the Data Warehouse” by W.H. Inmon was my first introduction to the field. Later as a subcontractor to Intelligent Solutions, Claudia and her associates provided invaluable training, mentoring and experience.
In the area of Oracle database performance my bible has been Guy Harrison’s “Oracle High-Performance Tuning” and later his “Oracle Performance Survival Guide”. The knowledge transferred by Guy’s books has allowed me to routinely provide breakthrough performance improvements for my clients database environments.
In the area of Star Schema design I would like to acknowledge the works of Ralph Kimball and associates, especially their books; “The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit” and “The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit”.
And I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my first data modeling instructor, William G. Smith. His class “Applied Data Modeling” which I took in 1992 changed the course of my career. It was as if a light had been turned on in a dark room. As an Electrical Engineering student I frequently designed and modeled electrical circuits with Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools. Being able to draw a concise picture of the data I was working with as well as the relationships between those pieces of data was transformational, a quantum leap forward in my ability to understand, document, and then design or redesign systems that were intuitive to use, easy to load and ran quickly when queried.