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Designing a Data Warehouse: Supporting Customer Relationship Management by Chris Todman

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QUERY TOOLS

When data warehousing started to become popular, it was like a dream come true for the vendors of query tools. Until then there had been quite a few good-quality products, but they always had the feel of a solution that was desperately in search of a problem to solve. Data warehousing changed all that, probably forever. As soon as data warehouses appeared, there was an immediate requirement for good user interfaces to the database.

Of all the various components of the data warehouse architecture, this is the most well served in terms of quality products. Nice-looking reports and fancy graphics are now taken for granted. There are several outstanding systems that provide the following kinds of features:

Standard reporting. We need ...

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