Data Warehouse Architect of the Year

Architect focuses on developing and evolving applications

 Name:Jim Duffy

 Job title: Senior data warehouse architect

 Company: BNP Paribas

 Location: Paris, France

 Award: Data Warehouse Architect of the Year 2010

It takes a little something extra to manage a data warehouse that has half a trillion rows of data. That’s why Jim Duffy, senior data warehouse architect for BNP Paribas—a European leader in global banking and financial services, with offices in 84 countries—recently migrated his data warehouse from a clustered environment to two Oracle Exadata Database Machines.

“We’re seeing enormous performance gains with Oracle Exadata, easily 17 times on average, with certain requests being hundreds of times faster—from minutes to subseconds—compared to our old cluster,” says Duffy, Oracle Magazine’s Data Warehouse Architect of the Year. “And that’s without changing anything.

The architecture of the Oracle Exadata system just runs our code better, and now we can spend more time putting richer analytics and presentation layers on top of near-real-time datasources.”Duffy continues, “One of the clearest benefits that I see from the Oracle Exadata platform is that it gives us the ability to spend much more of our time developing and evolving our applications rather than tuning database volumes or concerning ourselves with system-level details,” he says. “The Oracle Exadata platform handles the bulk of that for us.”


About Andy Painter

A passionate Information and Data Architect with experience of the financial services industry, Andy’s background spans pharmaceuticals, publishing, e-commerce, retail banking and insurance, but always with a focus on data. One of Andy’s principle philosophies is that data is a key business asset.
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