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Dinner with Bill Inmon

Date:
31 October 2008
Author:
Michael Whitehead

Last week I got a phone call from the Australian chapter of TDWI & I was asked if I would like to have dinner with Bill Inmon. It took me 4 hours get flights books, grab my passport and a suit & of course, get permission from the Secretary of the Home Office. Bill Inmon was the keynote speaker for TDWI Sydney, where he launched DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing.

Bill and the folks @ CIF introduced the next data revolution: unstructured data management. Bill covered all you need to know to make unstructured data work for your organization. How to bring textural information into your existing DW, leverage existing front end visualisation toolsets, and implement textual analytic processing technologies. Inmon talks about the place for textual integration & how to integrate it into the DW, and new techniques for reading and analyzing textural data. For more information - http://www.inmoncif.com/home/

The feedback from the attendees re his content was superb – but I also think they were excited to have met ‘the man’ & see him in action. Below is a photo of (from left to right) Steve Hitchman - Master Distributor of WhereScape RED in Australia, William H. Inmon & me.

Perry, Steve and Bill Inmon

That night we had a fantastic meal with Bill & his lovely wife Lynn at Glass in the Hilton Hotel, which would have to be one of the best restaurants in Sydney & they really turned it on. Bill & Lynn live in Colorado in a small town where Lynn is very involved in the business as one of the founders of Inmon Data Systems (among other things).

Thanks TDWI & of course Bill & Lynn Inmon ... it was a real pleasure ... cheers Perry

 Perry Sansom, VP Asia Pacific, www.wherescape.com

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