Informatica interview

While spring cleaning at home at the weekend, I came across a DVD of an interview I did for Informatica back in March 2005. This is still accessible on the Informatica web-site and appears in my video library, but I thought that I had lost my copy of the original.

Having made this discovery, I added it to my selection of videos on

In the interview I stress the need for consistency in management information; the dynamics of the Insurance industry and the business value added by Business Intelligence in a pan-European insurance organisation.

Disclosure – Part I: In the work I refer to above, I leveraged Infomatica’s toolset (PowerCentre) alongside software from Oracle (RDBMS and PL/SQL), IBM Cognos (PowerPlay and ReportStudio) and Microsoft (.NET). I have used tools from other vendors in other projects. While there is clearly a promotional sub-text to the video, it is not a product endorsement and I believe that my comments are generally applicable to any business intelligence / data warehousing project.
Disclosure – Part II: I have already had it pointed out to me – by @ocdqblog and others – that the braces (suspenders if you are from the US; suspenders having quite a different connotation in the UK) were perhaps something of a fashion faux pas. My American partner has long since despaired of my British approach to “co-ordination” of patterns. You may be glad to know that I no longer own the offending item.