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DATA WAREHOUSING FUNDAMENTALS: A Comprehensive Guide for IT Professionals by Paulraj Ponniah

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14.6. CHAPTER SUMMARY

  • Information content and usage in a data warehouse differ greatly from those in operational systems.

  • The data warehouse possesses enormous information potential for the overall enterprise management as well as for individual business areas.

  • You realize the information potential of the data warehouse through an effective user-information interface.

  • Who will use the information? Understand the various users and their needs. The users may be classified into interesting groups of tourists, operators, farmers, explorers, and miners.

  • Provide information to each class according to its needs, skills, and business background.

  • Queries, reports, analysis, and applications form the basis for information delivery. Each class of users needs variations of these information delivery methods.

  • The success of your data warehouse rides on the effectiveness of the end-user information delivery tools. Carefully choose the tools by applying proven selection criteria.

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