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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust, and Stephen Forte

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What Preceded Data Warehousing

Depending on your experience, you might remember the term electronic data processing, also known as EDP or DP, which was used to describe the use of computers in enterprise applications for much of the 55+ years of computing history. Over the last 15 to 20 years, the term has morphed into today’s information technology, commonly referred to simply as IT. Although unintentional, the timing of the change and the implication of the two terms could also stand for "pre–data warehousing" and "post–data warehousing."

Until the early to mid-1990s (when the client/server architectural paradigm reached its peak), the application of computers to enterprise needs had a strong emphasis on streamlining or automating manual clerical ...

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