Agile Data Warehousing Today – DMZ Australia
Agile Data Warehousing Today

Agile Data Warehousing Today

Agile Data Warehousing Today


Data Governance as a Communications Program, takes place March 6 in Canberra.

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Agile data warehousing today

This all-day workshop will provide you with the background and principles to use agile in your data warehouse and business intelligence projects. It will introduce you to a modern method for agile data modeling, Data Vault 2.0, and provide you with a detailed, real-world case study. At the end, we will talk about how the cloud has changed everything and how you can enable your agile data warehouse by using a modern data warehouse as a service (DWaaS) built in the cloud, for the cloud.

We will cover these four topics:

  1. Agile Methods and Data Warehousing:
    • How to Deliver Faster. Most people will agree that data warehousing and business intelligence projects take too long to deliver tangible results. Often by the time a solution is in place, the business needs have changed. With all the talk about Agile development methods like SCRUM and Extreme Programming, the question arises as to how these approaches can be used to deliver data warehouse and business intelligence projects faster.
    • This presentation will look at the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto and see how they might be applied in the context of a data warehouse project. The goal is to determine a method or methods to get a more rapid (2-4 weeks) delivery of portions of an enterprise data warehouse architecture. Real world examples with metrics will be discussed.
  2. Agile Data Engineering:
    • Introduction to Data Vault 2.0. As we move more and more towards the need for everyone to do Agile Data Warehousing, we need a data modeling method that can be agile with us. Data Vault Data Modeling is an agile data modeling technique for designing highly flexible, scalable, and adaptable data structures for enterprise data warehouse repositories. It is a hybrid approach using the best of 3NF and dimensional modeling.
    • It is not a replacement for star schema data marts (and should not be used as such). This approach has been used in projects around the world (Europe, Australia, USA) for over 15 years but is still not widely known or understood. The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an introduction to the components of the Data Vault Data Model, what they are for and how to build them.
  3. Case Study:
    • Hybrid Data Vault – Data Warehousing in the Real World. At a former health-care client, we were not able to implement a pure Data Vault 2.0 architecture. Instead, we had to evolve a hybrid solution that uses Type 2 persistent stage tables that we tie together using standard Hub and Link structures along with a Key Map table.
    • While we were able to utilize DV 2.0 concepts such as MD5 hash keys, in order to avoid joins in loading the stage tables we had to come up with a way to resolve the Business Keys further into the process. In addition, we were able to build a BI reporting layer using virtual dimensions that were hybrid type 1 and 2 combined. I will show you our solution with examples of real working code.
  4. Demystifying Data Warehousing as a Service (DWaaS):
    • We all know that data warehouses and best practices for them are changing dramatically today. As organizations build new data warehouses and modernize established ones, they are turning to Data Warehousing as a Service (DWaaS) in the cloud, in hopes of taking advantage of the performance, concurrency, simplicity, and lower cost of a SaaS solution or simply to reduce their data center footprint (and the maintenance that goes with that).
    • But what is a DWaaS really? How is it different from traditional on-premises data warehousing? How can a cloud-native data warehouse help enable your agile data warehouse practice?


Kent Graziano is the Chief Technical Evangelist and Sr Director Customer Advisory Solutions for Snowflake Computing.

His is an award winning author, speaker, and trainer, in the areas of data modeling, data architecture, and data warehousing. He is an Oracle ACE Director – Alumni, member of the OakTable Network, a certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2), expert data modeler and solution architect with more than 30 years of experience, including two decades doing data warehousing and business intelligence (in multiple industries).

He is an internationally recognized expert in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler and Agile Data Warehousing. Mr. Graziano has developed and led many successful software and data warehouse implementation teams, including multiple agile DW/BI teams. He has written numerous articles, authored three Kindle book (available on, co-authored four books (including the 1st Edition of The Data Model Resource Book), and has given hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally.

He was a co-author on the first book on Data Vault, and the technical editor for Super Charge Your Data Warehouse. In 2014, he was voted one of the best presenters at OUGF14 in Helsinki, Finland. You can follow Kent on twitter @KentGraziano or on his blog The Data Warrior (