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University of Colorado System

Design and Build a Data Warehouse for Business Intelligence Implementation

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The capstone course, Design and Build a Data Warehouse for Business Intelligence Implementation, features a real-world case study that integrates your learning across all courses in the specialization. In response to business requirements presented in a case study, you’ll design and build a small data warehouse, create data integration workflows to refresh the warehouse, write SQL statements to support analytical and summary query requirements, and use the MicroStrategy business intelligence platform to create dashboards and visualizations.

In the first part of the capstone course, you’ll be introduced to a medium-sized firm, learning about their data warehouse and business intelligence requirements and existing data sources. You’ll first architect a warehouse schema and dimensional model for a small data warehouse. You’ll then create data integration workflows using Pentaho Data Integration to refresh your data warehouse. Next, you’ll write SQL statements for analytical query requirements and create materialized views to support summary data management. For data integration workflows and analytical queries, you can use either Oracle or PostgreSQL. Finally, you will use MicroStrategy OLAP capabilities to gain insights into your data warehouse. In the completed project, you’ll have built a small data warehouse containing a schema design, data integration workflows, analytical queries, materialized views, dashboards and visualizations that you’ll be proud to show to your current and prospective employers.


  • Course Overview
    • Module 1 introduces the objectives and topics in the course and provides background on the case and software requirements. The capstone course is organized around a realistic case study based on the business situation faced by CPI Card Group in 2015.
  • Data Warehouse Design
    • Module 2 presents the requirements of the first part of the case study involving data warehouse design. To provide a context for the case study, you can listen to an executive interview with a CPI Card Group executive.
  • Data Integration
    • Module 3 presents requirements for the second part of the case study involving data integration. To provide a context for the case study, you can listen to executive interviews with executives from CPI Card Group, First Bank, and Pinnacol Assurance.
  • Analytical Queries and Summary Data Management
    • Module 4 presents requirements for the third part of the case study involving analytical queries and summary data management.
  • Data Visualization and Dashboard Design Requirements
    • Module 5 presents the data visualization and dashboard design requirements for the fourth part of the case study.
  • Wrap Up and Project Submission
    • This is an extension of Module 5. The peer assessment from module 5 is moved to module 6 to give you more time completing the assignments in prior modules as well as for you to do your peer assessment in this module.

Taught by

Michael Mannino



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