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Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse: Architecture, Analysis, and Design by Krish Krishnan, W. H. Inmon

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The Eastern Hills Oil Company

The Eastern Hill Oil Company (EHOC) is an oil company that has been in business many years. As such, they have many contracts. When management is asked if they have information from their contracts, management always says “yes”. But when questioned about what having contracts means, management states: “We go and find the contract. We then get one of our lawyers to read it. Then we can ask anything that we want.”

And of course, if managing a contract means looking after one contract, then indeed EHOC does have control of their corporate contracts.

But EHOC has hundreds of thousands of contracts. And from the perspective of managing their corporate contracts as a whole, EHOC has no idea what is in their contracts. ...

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