Chapter 9

New Technologies Applied to Data Warehousing

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.

—Stewart Brand


The goal of building a data warehouse is to create an enterprise repository for truth, which can be consumed by the entire organization and not one user or user group. The underlying goal, however, does not mandate the physical architecture construct being on one unified layer. Why this statement needs to be re-read a number of times stems from the fact that we often get into a frenzy of building an integrated (read single stack) infrastructure platform for handling all the requirements of an enterprise data warehouse, resulting in underutilized and underperforming ...

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