Chapter 4

Essential DW/BI Background and Definitions

The scope of agile enterprise data warehousing (EDW) presents a challenge in terminology because the separate software disciplines involved—requirements management, data modeling, quality assurance, and application coding—each utilize a different vocabulary. EDW team leaders will find their projects far easier to direct if they first establish a single set of terms that will support all four of those disciplines so that they can avoid switching lexicons each time their work touches upon a different aspect of software development. A single vocabulary for EDW projects should draw from the definitions provided by professional organizations including DAMA, TDWI, and IEEE, and it will have to cover ...

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