samedi 8 février 2014

Quoi de neuf, Doc ?

Je viens d'obtenir mon diplôme de 
Docteur en Sciences Informatiques ! 

Hello Dario,

Congratulations!  It is my pleasure to inform you that after a thorough review of your book excerpts, Almeda University is proud to confer upon you the esteemed degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Management Information System. This will enable you to take a giant leap forward in your career while giving you a personal sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Your writing was determined to meet Almeda’s standards of academic excellence based on its original concept, cogently examined answers, and scholarly writing. More specifically, your work was reviewed by an assigned Professor from Almeda’s respected faculty, Jan Hemmington, M.S., Ph.D., who provided the following evaluation summary: 





Doctorate Degree:   Management Information Systems

Student:   Dario Mangano

Reviewer:    Jan Hemmington, M.S., Ph.D.



On the basis of excerpts from his book titled, The Integrated Data Hub (The Next Generation Data Warehouse), I pass Dario Mangano.

Dario Mangano obviously spent a great deal of time and effort on his book.  It is quite lengthy and very detailed.  It is presented in a very organized fashion.  He began by including a historic background and then explaining the Integrated Data Hub concept.  He also created an actual plan for others to follow by explaining and detailing his ideas.  It’s amazing!  He is extremely thorough, writing chapter after chapter, dealing with various components that the reader needs to understand. 

In the forward by Hans Hultgren, Hans writes, “This book is a guide to a successful data warehousing business intelligence (DWBI) program.”  I believe that this could be a really useful book to many people, an actual “how to guide” for them to utilize in implementing their own program.

I was so impressed by his attention to visual affects in his book.  Many people are visual learners.  Mangano draws them into reading and using his work by adding pictures, diagrams, highlighting something by boxing it in visually, etc.  For example, when sharing a definition right in chapter one he boxed it in.  He wrote “Data integration involves combining data residing in different sources and providing users with a unified view of these data. This process becomes significant in a variety of situations, which include both commercial (when two similar companies need to merge their databases) and scientific (combining research results from different bioinformatics repositories, for example) domains. Data integration appears with increasing frequency as the volume and the need to share existing data explodes. It has become the focus of extensive theoretical work, and numerous open problems remain unsolved. In management circles, people frequently refer to data integration as "Enterprise Information
Integration" (EII).  (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

This is long but very important and he found a way for it to stand out.  Using these sorts of strategies and implementations in his book really cemented the fact that not only does he know his material, he took the time and effort to present it in a fashion that will be easily read by many. His diagrams and charts are so spot on and create a handbook that will be able to be used by many! 

In Chapter 9 Dario writes, “In a traditional EDW reference architecture, you should find something called Operational Data Store (ODS) exactly at the place where I have put my HiST layer. But be careful, the HiST layer is not an ODS!  The HiST layer is not a good place to do Operational Reporting. The data are not integrated and the real historization is not yet performed.”  The way he writes is very directive and he explains concepts in a way that literally walks people through steps.  By using his book, it is as though he is there as a consultant.  I love this style of writing and it is rare to find it.

He is well read on his subject and offers both critiques and accolades for others who have written in this area.  For example he writes, “Despite the slight criticisms that I have done on Ralph Kimball's work in a previous chapter, I still believe that star schemas are best suited to meet queries destined for Analytical Reporting.”  The Bibliography is very thorough and well done.  By asking Hans Hulgren to do a forward was an excellent plan since Hulgren has much space in the Bibliography and is obviously a large part of Mangano’s learning.

The organizational style is superb and by detailing each diagram used in the Table of Figures this will be a great way for users of the book to look up a figure that they wish to refer back to.  Chapter headings, boxed in information as I alluded to before all create a useful, easy to read document that should become a well-known book in this field.

Dario Mangano would be a great speaker and consultant.  His work indicates not only his ability to persevere and complete such a large task but to also speak and write in a way that compels people to want to finish reading and using his work.

Congratulations on a job well done! 


Jan Hemmington, M.S., Ph.D.



Almeda University shares your excitement with this achievement.  We take great pride in our graduates, and we look forward with much anticipation to adding your name to our list of high-achieving alumni.
Once again, congratulations! Successful completion of your Doctorate is a triumph that will enhance your professional opportunities.  Please feel free to share your future success stories with us anytime.  We look forward to hearing about how obtaining your degree from Almeda has changed your life.


Sincerely,

Richard Smith, Student Services
Almeda University

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