Introduction

Dimensional design is a pillar of every modern-day data warehouse architecture. Based on a disarmingly simple approach to process measurement, dimensional design enables extraordinarily powerful analytics. The products of dimensional design—the star schema, the snowflake, and the cube—can be found in virtually every data warehouse implementation.

Despite this popularity, relatively little is written about dimensional design. Although some outstanding works are available, most assume a particular architecture or philosophy—my own prior work included. Additionally, these treatments are organized around vertical industries or major business functions, making them difficult to refer to when faced with a specific design challenge.

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