Training Course : Dimensional Modeling for Beginners

Because of a lack of offerings in the Belgian market, element61 has decided to develop a training on Dimensional Modeling, together with Bi-Community. Details on the training objectives and target audience can be found below. For more information and a subscription discount, contact Stijn Vermeulen at

Course description

Dimensional models
constitute the beating heart of any sound Business Intelligence & Data
Warehousing system. In other words the quality and the final acceptance of our
Business Intelligence solution is uttermost dependent on the quality of the
dimensional models.

In essence dimensional
modeling boils down to logically modeling the business requirements. It is
however quite different from normalized modeling as we are used to in an ERP/OLTP-like

This 2-day course on
dimensional modeling is based on Ralph Kimball’s book, the Data Warehouse
Toolkit. The course will take off by explaining the fundamentals in terms of
dimensions & facts and the corresponding dimensional process. It will offer
a view on tools & templates which can be used to accelerate & document.
But it will also delve deeper into amongst others history tracking, the various
existing fact-types, multi-valued dimensions, heterogeneous dimensions and
facts. Throughout the course special situations are discussed and a number of
exercises, based on real-world cases, are given. In short, a full understanding
of dimensional modeling techniques, which are required to design a successful
relational dimensional model based on the Kimball star schema techniques, is

To avoid confusion, this
course will not deal with matters such as architecture or Data Vault


1 or 2 days (in combination with Day 2 : Advanced Dimensional Modeling)


The dimensional training
will handle all of the underneath topics.

  • Data warehouse introduction
  • OLTP versus dimensional modeling
  • Dimensional process + methodology
  • Facts & dimensions characteristicsUse of surrogate keys
  • Visual aids: information matrix, standardization, naming conventions, data modeling tools
  • Dimension examples
  • Fact examples

Target audience

This course is intended towards
professionals with very little to no knowledge
of modeling in the context of Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence.
This includes data architects, data modelers, business analysts, business
intelligence designers, project managers, DW/BI developers.

This course is ideally the a first day of a 2 day course on
Dimensional modeling, in combination with "Advanced Data Modeling”,


Suggested prerequisites: General Data
Warehousing & Business Intelligence knowledge.

dimensional modeling prerequisites.


The training consists
mainly of plenary lecturing with a limited set of additional exercises.


Werner Engelen has been active in Data Warehousing & Business
Intelligence since 1998. He has worked as DW & BI consultant for respected
firms like amongst others Oracle, PwC Consulting & IBM Global Business
Services. Since 2008, he is working as a Senior Performance Management Architect
for element61 in the areas of project management & methodologies, business
analysis, dimensional modeling, ETL design and data quality. In his spare time,
Werner is an acclaimed photographer.


10 mai, 2012 - 9 mai, 2012


Hasselt, Belgium