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In our ongoing Data Vault Friday series, our CEO Michael Olschimke discusses a question from the audience.

“Our EDW should use English entity names for hubs, links, and satellites. However, our sources are in a variety of languages (English, and German mostly). Where is the best option to translate everything into English?”

Michael provides insightful guidance on tackling the challenge of maintaining consistency in entity names across a multilingual landscape. He explores different strategies for translating entity names, weighing the pros and cons of various approaches. Whether to perform the translation at the source level, during the ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) process, or within the EDW itself, Michael offers considerations to help make an informed decision based on the specific needs and characteristics of the project.

The CEO emphasizes the importance of aligning with business objectives and ensuring that the chosen translation strategy aligns with the overall goals of the data warehousing initiative. This episode provides valuable insights and best practices for handling multilingual challenges in Data Vault projects, contributing to the success of your data integration and management endeavors.

Meet the Speaker

Michael Olschimke

Michael has more than 15 years of experience in Information Technology. During the last eight years he has specialized in Business Intelligence topics such as OLAP, Dimensional Modelling, and Data Mining. Challenge him with your questions!

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