Data Vault Ensemble Modeling

Managing Time in a Data Warehouse

Dirk Lerner, TEDAMOH

“Over time, things change – things like customers, products, accounts, and so forth. But most of the data we keep about things describes what they are like currently, not what they used to be like. When things change, we update the data that describes them so that the description remains current. But all these things have a history, and many of them have a future as well, and often data about their past or about their future is also important.” – Tom Johnston

Today, most data warehouses already store the history of the data. But what about events that took place at a different time than what the data warehouse represents to us? Or data that will be valid in the future? For example, generally planned prices for products and goods in the future or special prices for discount battles around “Black Friday”.

The speaker will focus in this session on the method and techniques for storing bitemporal data in a Data Warehouse. He will show bitemporal basics for a better understanding of loading data as well as the concepts to develop SQL Queries to insert and update temporal data within a Data Warehouse.

What attendees will learn in this session:

  • Basic bitemporal concepts
  • Examples of data modeling a bitemporal Database Object
  • Load bitemporal data into a Data Warehouse
  • Examples of SQL Queries to insert and update temporal data

Dirk Lerner is an experienced independent consultant and owner of TEDAMOH. He has been leading BI projects for 18 years and is considered a global expert on BI architectures and data modeling. Dirk advocates flexible, Lean and easily extendable data warehouse architectures.

Through the TEDAMOH Academy, Dirk trains BI specialists on (bi-) temporal data in general, and Data Vault in particular.

As a pioneer for Data Vault and FCO-IM in Germany he wrote various publications, is a highly acclaimed international speaker at conferences and author of the blog