Bill Inmon

Bill Inmon is universally recognized as the father of the data warehouse. He has more than 35 years of database technology management experience and data warehouse design expertise. His books have been translated into nine languages. He is known globally for his seminars on developing data warehouses and has been a keynote speaker for many major computing associations. For more information, visit and Inmon may be reached at (303) 681-6772.

Recent Stories From this Author

Real-Time Decision Support Systems?
August 1, 2006

DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing
April 1, 2006

Information Management
March 1, 2006

How Do You Tune a Data Warehouse?
January 1, 2006

Looking Ahead: Unstructured Data
December 1, 2005

Selling Meta Data
November 1, 2005

Information Management
September 1, 2005

Encryption at Rest
August 1, 2005

Up-to-the-Second Data
June 1, 2005

Data Warehouse - An Asset, Not a Cost
May 1, 2005

A Brief History of Architecture
April 1, 2005

Information Management
March 1, 2005

World-Class Business Intelligence
February 1, 2005

Closed-Loop Systems –­ Approaching Nirvana
January 1, 2005

The Noise is Terrific
December 1, 2004

Straight Talk: Data Warehousing and Offshore Development
November 1, 2004

Measuring Time in the Data Warehouse
October 1, 2004

Measuring Success
September 1, 2004

Looking Ahead: Unstructured Data
August 1, 2004

An Open Letter to Quentin Hardy
July 1, 2004

The Logical Data Warehouse
June 1, 2004

The Elusive System of Record
May 1, 2004

The Cost of Storage
April 1, 2004

The Virtual Data Warehouse ­– Transparent and Superficial
March 1, 2004

The Dot-Com Experience: Lessons Learned
February 1, 2004

Pity the CIO
January 1, 2004

Accuracy: Is It Necessary?
December 1, 2003

Venture Capitalists and Innovation: 2003
November 1, 2003

What Happened to the Computer Education Department?
October 1, 2003

What About Forecast Data?
September 1, 2003

BI in the Government
August 1, 2003 BI represents the first major step away from the stovepipe environment that has for so long plagued the government information...

The Information Battlefield
July 1, 2003

Slowly Changing Dimensions in the Corporate Information Factory
June 1, 2003

The System of Record in the Global Data Warehouse
May 1, 2003

Architecture and Technology
April 1, 2003

Business Meta Data: What Good Is It?
March 1, 2003

Why Do I Need an Architecture?
February 1, 2003

Beyond Market Segmentation
January 1, 2003

December 1, 2002

Let's Be Smarter This Time Around
November 1, 2002

October 1, 2002

10 Reasons VCs Don't Support Data Warehousing
September 1, 2002

August 1, 2002

Where Have All the Application Developers Gone?
July 1, 2002

Still Growing
June 1, 2002

Meaning and Shades of Meaning
May 1, 2002

Exploration Processing and the Data Mart Environment
April 1, 2002

Deep History: What Good Is It?
March 1, 2002

The Data Warehouse and Testing
February 1, 2002

CIF Mandates Specialized Skill Sets
January 1, 2002

Data Warehousing and National Security
December 1, 2001

What Happened to the Single Database Concept?
November 1, 2001

The Cult of the New
October 1, 2001

Publisher's Insight
September 1, 2001

The Data Warehouse Marketplace
September 1, 2001

Little White Lies
August 1, 2001

What a Data Warehouse Is Not
July 1, 2001

Closed-Loop Versus Open-Loop Architectures
June 1, 2001

Data Velocity Through the Corporate Information Factory
May 1, 2001

A Brief History of Database Design
April 1, 2001

Information Management: Charting the Course
March 1, 2001

A Retrospective look at Data Warehousing
February 1, 2001 For this special anniversary issue, several of our columnists reflect on the past 10 years. Their insightful commentaries...

Managing the Data Warehouse Development Contract
December 1, 2000 In this article, Bill Inmon offers some guidelines about choosing a data warehouse consultant. This article is found in the...

Passing the Test of Time
October 1, 2000

Where's the Spam?
September 1, 2000

Information Management: Charting the Course
August 1, 2000

Enterprise Meta Data
July 7, 2000 Revisit this classic article from the DM Review archives. A distributed meta data architecture for the data warehouse/DSS...

Operational and Informational Reporting
July 1, 2000

Different Data Warehouse Types
June 1, 2000

The Problem with Dimensional Modeling
May 1, 2000

They're at it Again
April 1, 2000

The Future of Data Warehousing: Alternative Storage
March 1, 2000

ODS: On the Road to Maturity
February 1, 2000

ODS Types
January 1, 2000

The Informal Warehouse
December 1, 1999

Data Mart Does Not Equal Data Warehouse
November 20, 1999 Revisit this classic DM Review article and discover the significant differences in the structure and content of a data...

Fact Tables in the Warehouse
November 1, 1999

The Role of Nearline Storage in the Data Warehouse, Part 2
October 15, 1999 This is the second of a two-part series. This article will focus on the tools that can help leverage the natural “data...

The Role of Nearline Storage in the Data Warehouse, part 1
October 1, 1999 With a combination of disk storage for actively used data and nearline storage for infrequently used data, it is economically...

Industrial-Strength ETL
October 1, 1999

Capacity Planning for the DW Environment
September 1, 1999

Explorers in the DSS/Data Warehouse Environment
July 1, 1999 This is one in a series of five articles in this issue focusing on the different categories of the corporate information...

Information Architecture Structures
June 1, 1999

Charting the Course: Iterative Development
May 1, 1999

Charting the Course: Meta Data for the Data Mart Environment
April 1, 1999

Data Types in the Data Warehouse
March 1, 1999

The Have Nots Have at the Haves
February 1, 1999

The Exploration Warehouse and the Chain of Beneficence
January 1, 1999 Inmon explains how the different types of databases frm a structure called the chain of beneficence. By passing through one...

The End-User Community
December 1, 1998

Enterprise Meta Data
November 1, 1998 A distributed meta data architecture for the data warehouse/DSS environment incorporates both business and technical meta data...

Controlling Warehouse Costs
October 1, 1998

Really Large Data Warehouses
September 1, 1998

The Operational Data Store
July 1, 1998 Recently there has been controversy over the validity and makeup of the architectural structure known as the operational data...

The Exploration Warehouse
June 1, 1998 The exploration warehouse provides a safe haven for exploratory and data-intensive ad hoc processing. It may be the next major...

Data Mart Does Not Equal Data Warehouse
May 1, 1998 There are significant differences in the structure and content of a data warehouse and a data mart.

The Fate of the Legacy Environment
April 1, 1998

Rating Your Data Warehouse Consultant
March 1, 1998

Bottom-Up Warehouse Development
February 1, 1998

The DW/DM Marketplace
January 1, 1998

Managing the Data Warehouse with a Resource Governor
December 1, 1997

Iterative Development in the Data Warehouse
November 1, 1997

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