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Meeting #2 - Back for More

  • Mar 29, 2012 · 4:00 PM
  • The Magnolia Hotel - Denver

March 29th,[masked]pm-6pm

The Magnolia Hotel is only a block or two from light rail and centrally located downtown one block off of 16th street mall. Harry's bar is conveniently located upstairs from the meeting room.


  1. WELCOME - Overview of meetup (5 min)
  2. INTRODUCTIONS - Meet new members (10 min)
  3. EVENTS - Mention interesting events to the group (5 min)
  4. HIRING/LOOKING - Any job openings/availability (5 min)
  5. Curtis Kowalski (30 min) - Requirements! We don't need no stinking requirements!
  6. Tom Nats (30 min) - Implementing High Availability Informatica
  7. Mystery Pitch (30 min) - ?

     Take meeting upstairs to Harry's bar for further discussion, drinks, and snacks.

     Drinks and snacks for this meeting sponsored by: ArchipelagoIS

Requirements! We don't need no stinking requirements!

Curtis Kowalski will discuss his experiences in difficult data integration projects where requirements are only high level, vague, and incomplete vs. those where everything is documented up front.  He will discuss the iterative approach vs. the "big bang" and touch on the politics that come into play when choosing a project approach, and then the politics that come into play afterwards.  Finally, he will share a recent project that had almost no requirements, and how showing quick progress has helped keep the project from being derailed by minor, solvable issues.

Implementing High Availability Informatica

With ETL/data integration becoming a 24/7/365 critical process in most companies, the need for a redundant and robust Informatica architecture is becoming more of a necessity. Besides just purchasing a Grid license and adding another Informatica server, there are other pieces to the puzzle, such as a clustered file system and database redundancy. With two implementations under his belt, Tom will give a quick overview of the Grid/HA architecture, costs, lessons learned, and steps for successful implementation.

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