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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has announced the addition of a new data warehousing class to its technology curriculum, and students will be learning how to mine for data on the System i using software familiar to IBM midrange industry insiders.

"Business IntelligenceùData Warehousing I" is based on a practical and proven methodology that computer professionals or business analysts can use to successfully implement a small-to-medium size data warehouse. The class is being offered in the school's Information Technologies Division.

Covered in the course will be: applying systems development life cycle (SDLC) and project disciplines; building business models; defining business requirements (measurement metrics); sourcing data; purchasing and installing a data warehouse toolset; building the data warehouse, data marts, and initial on-line analytical templates; training users; deploying the toolset; and providing user support.

Instructor for the course will be Bruce Ullrey, chief information officer for Rumpke Consolidated Companies, a 75-year-old, multistate waste hauling company headquartered in Cincinnati. Ullrey's recently published book, "Implementing a Data Warehouse: A Methodology That Worked," is used as the basis for the class lessons.

The course will present hands-on examples of a data warehouse designed on an IBM System i. The college participates in IBM's academic initiative for System i program, which provides colleges and universities with educational resources to assist students in expanding System i (AS/400) development practical skills that are in demand in the marketplace.

NGS-IQ, the business intelligence software that will be used in the course, is provided by New Generation Software, Inc., a longtime software developer and marketer of proven solutions for query, enterprise reporting, online analytical reports, performance dashboards, and analytics for the IBM midrange market.

Although the server and software are System i-based, Clark Stull, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College program chair, stresses that there is tremendous educational value in the course for any data warehouse administrators, regardless of the platform they are using or intend to use.

The class, the first half of a two-course sequence, will meet once a week on Saturday morning for nine weeks, starting September 8th.

About Bruce Ullrey

Ullrey began his career with IBM in 1966, developing integrated cost estimating systems at the IBM San Jose, California manufacturing facility. He has successfully provisioned and managed IBM mainframe and midrange technology for various businesses since 1981. He holds a masters degree in management of technology and has taught at the university level in the Cincinnati area.

About State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers more than 75 associate degree programs and more than 40 certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanity and sciences and information technologies. Some 14,000 students are enrolled annually at Cincinnati State in credit and non-credit classes. Cincinnati State has a 95 percent graduate placement rate, and its students have a 91 percent pass rate on required licensing and registry exams.

Cincinnati State has the fourth largest co-op education program in the nation, placing students in such major companies as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, 5/3 Bank and Health Alliance.

About New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS)

With more than 25,000 System i users throughout the world, the Sacramento, CA-based NGS has more than 25 years of experience in developing field-proven software for business intelligence and financial management. Both NGS-IQ Business Intelligence and the Concert Series Financial Management System are recognized by IBM as "Server Proven Solutions." NGS is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld and a member of the System i Initiative for Innovation.

New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) delivers high performance IBM i (iSeries, System i, AS/400) business software solutions to companies of all sizes and representing virtually all industries. Hundreds of people worldwide rely on NGS’ solutions every day. NGS is an IBM Business Partner and active supporter of the COMMON User Group and numerous regional IBM i user groups. In addition to IBM, NGS has strong business relationships with numerous independent software vendors and IBM solution providers. For more information, visit www.ngsi.com.



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