Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse Special Interest Group

Data Warehouse Architecture: An Interactive Survey of Best Practices

This workshop will explore a variety of specific warehouse architecture options: such as ODS vs. Data Warehouse vs. Data Marts. Furthermore, input will be gathered from attendees as to which choices they have made and what seemed to work well.


R. Michael Pickering began his career in the Information Systems industry in 1991. For the past eight years, he has worked as a data warehouse consultant, specializing in data warehouse architecture, strategic planning, design, and development. In this capacity, he has assisted clients such as Loyalty Group, Syncrude, and CIBC with preparing and obtaining approval for a business case to initiate a strategic data warehouse project. Over the years, Mr. Pickering has also served as Project Manager for several successful data warehouse projects with budgets ranging from under $250,000 to over $2 million. He can effectively communicate complex concepts to both technical and non-technical individuals, and comfortably interacts with executives, business and accounting professionals, marketing specialists, and data warehouse end users and sponsors.

In 2000, Mr. Pickering founded Cohesion Systems Consulting Inc. as a specialized Data Warehouse Architecture consultancy. He currently serves as President and Chief Architect.


Time and Location of Meeting

Meeting Details: Monday, December 5, 2005

Location: Beeton Room West, Toronto Reference Library, Yonge Street at Asquith Ave. (one block north of Bloor), Toronto

5:45 pm: Registration for prompt 6:00 pm start
7:30 pm. Expected Finish

No need to pre-register – just show up!

No charge for IRMAC members.  Non-members: $20.

Questions please contact


Dec 05 2005


5:45 pm - 7:30 pm


Beeton Room East (not our usual West)) Toronto Reference Library, Yonge Street at Asquith Ave. (one block north of Bloor), Toronto

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