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W.H. Inmon
Owner, Forest Rim Technology

W. H. Inmon, the father of data warehousing, has written 52 books published in nine languages. He speaks at conferences regularly, and his latest adventure is building textual extract-transform-load (ETL) and textual disambiguation technology that reads raw text and allows raw text to be analyzed. Textual disambiguation is used to create business value from big data. Computerworld named William as one of the 10 most influential people in the history of the computer profession. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

This blog by W. H. Inmon, president and chief technology officer (CTO), Forest Rim Technology, and known as the “father of data warehousing,” is offered in association with the Big Data Warehousing Seminar 2015, May 20–21 in New York, New York. William is a worldwide leading expert and featured seminar speaker. His latest book is Data Architecture: A Primer for the Data Scientist (Morgan Kaufman, 2014).

Unstructured and structured data versus repetitive and non-repetitive data

Unstructured and structured data versus repetitive and non-repetitive data

July 25, 2016 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Maybe classifying data as structured or unstructured isn’t so simple. What is structured to some may not be structured to others and vice versa. When it comes to the business value of data, consider another way to look at data—whether it is repetitive data or non-repetitive data.
Understanding the context of unstructured data

Understanding the context of unstructured data

May 8, 2015 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Database management systems may excel at managing highly repetitive data, but they’re less than well suited for storing and understanding the context of textual data. Storing textual information has long been a big challenge. Among several approaches to this challenge, textual disambiguation works...

Storage Considerations for Healthcare Text Data

Get a consultant’s take on a typical big data storage use case conundrum

February 6, 2015 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Get a consultant’s take on a typical big data storage use case conundrum

Look at Big Data in Different Ways to Find Business Value

There are many ways to view big data, but which way reveals the business value possibilities?

September 28, 2014 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
There are many ways to view big data, but which way reveals the business value possibilities?

Grappling with IT Challenges in Healthcare

Several obstacles may be encountered when applying technology to help improve healthcare systems

September 14, 2014 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Several obstacles may be encountered when applying technology to help improve healthcare systems

The Context Conundrum

Big data has no reason to have context, and therein lies the challenge of nonrepetitive data

August 8, 2014 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Big data has no reason to have context, and therein lies the challenge of nonrepetitive data

Untangling the Definition of Unstructured Data

Big data has given rise to many ways of defining unstructured data—consider a new approach

July 25, 2014 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Big data has given rise to many ways of defining unstructured data—consider a new approach

Textual Disambiguation

Transform text to its native format to help simplify its analysis for making decisions

July 4, 2014 | by W.H. Inmon, Owner, Forest Rim Technology
Transform text to its native format to help simplify its analysis for making decisions