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Oracle® DBA Guide to Data Warehousing and Star Schemas by Bert Scalzo

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Chapter 2. Software Architecture

Note that unlike other data warehousing and general DBA books, I've placed the software architecture chapter prior to the chapter on hardware architecture. That's because I see this as a fundamental problem with the other offerings. If you'll indulge me for a simple analogy: Why buy a gas stove if you're attempting to cook microwave dinners? You need a destination before you set out. You need a goal before you try to achieve. That's just how it's done.

Remember the following old adage: Don't put the cart before the horse? Well, far too often, that's what happens with Oracle database applications, including data warehouses. That is, technical management succumbs to both hardware and software vendor recommendations ...

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