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Julian Thomas

Principal consultant at PBT Group

Julian Thomas is principal consultant at PBT Group, specialising in delivering solutions in data warehousing, business intelligence, master data management and data quality control. In addition, he assists clients in defining strategies for the implementation of business intelligence competency centres, and implementation roadmaps for a wide range of information management solutions. Thomas has spent most of his career as a consultant in South Africa, and has implemented information management solutions across the continent, using a wide range of technologies. His experience in the industry has convinced him of the importance of hybrid disciplines, in both solution delivery and development. In addition, he has learned the value of robust and flexible ETL frameworks, and has successfully built and implemented complementary frameworks across multiple technologies.



The impact of AI on data engineering

Artificial intelligence has the potential to impact the data architecture and engineering professions like no tech trend ever before.


Don’t throw good money after bad

Decision-makers, business analysts and architects must help transform the data culture and thinking within organisations.


Making the data industry great

There is a need to change how the data industry operates, which should be incapsulated in a professional body and associated methodology.


The data industry needs a data revolution

Some potentially radical concepts are needed to prompt a different way of thinking to address some of the key challenges in the data industry.

StorageDec 8, 2022

Keep open mind on cloud data partner alternatives

Companies need to know there is more on offer than what they are used to from the standard cloud platform vendors.

StorageAug 11, 2022

Exploring data warehouse alternatives: Part three

The data lakehouse is a hybrid architecture that implements the best concepts of both a data warehouse and data lake methodology.

StorageApr 25, 2022

Exploring data warehouse alternatives: Part two

While a company can change its data warehouse approach, it must avoid falling into the trap of replacing this capability and methodology with just technology.


Exploring data warehousing alternatives

Companies should periodically re-evaluate their data warehouse approach and methodology, while avoiding the rabbit-hole of technology evaluation and selection.

StorageAug 26, 2021

Servant leadership: The future of data architecture

Serve, enable, question, listen, engage and empower should be the new management mantra of data architecture that leads to a continual, virtuous cycle.

StorageJul 22, 2021

The rise and fall of data architecture

There is a long way to go to regain trust in architecture. For this to be possible, we need business to change how it perceives data architecture.


Data warehouse automation – a practical walk through

There are several principles to live by when it comes to data warehouse automation and its implementation in real life.

StorageFeb 17, 2021

The value of data warehouse automation to the modern business

With data warehouse automation, enterprises will find that optimisation, efficiency and reuse become the new status quo within the data warehouse.