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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Half-day Tutorials

Testing the Data Warehouse—Big Data, Big Problems NEW

Data warehouses are critical systems for collecting, organizing, and making information readily available for strategic decision making. The ability to review historical trends and monitor near real-time operational data is a key competitive advantage for many organizations. Yet the methods for assuring the quality of these valuable assets are quite different from those of transactional systems. Ensuring that appropriate testing is performed is a major challenge for many enterprises. Geoff Horne has led numerous data warehouse testing projects in both the telecommunications and ERP sectors. Join Geoff as he shares his approaches and experiences, focusing on the key “uniques” of data warehouse testing: methods for assuring data completeness, monitoring data transformations, measuring quality, and more. Geoff explores the opportunities for test automation as part of the data warehouse process, describing how you can harness automation tools to streamline the work and minimize overhead.

Geoff Horne, NZTester Magazine

Geoff Horne has an extensive background in test program/project directorship and management, architecture, and general consulting. In New Zealand Geoff established and ran ISQA as a testing consultancy which enjoys a local and international clientele in Australia, the US, and the United Kingdom. He has held senior test management roles across a number of diverse industry sectors, and is editor and publisher of the recently launched NZTester magazine. Geoff has authored a variety of white papers on software testing and is a regular speaker at the STAR conferences.

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