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The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit by Bob Becker, Joy Mundy, Warren Thornthwaite, Margy Ross, Ralph Kimball

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CHAPTER 1
Introducing the
Kimball Lifecycle
B
efore delving into the specifics of data warehouse/business intelligence
(DW/BI) design, development,and deployment, wewantto first introduce
the Kimball Lifecycle methodology. The Kimball Lifecycle provides the overall
framework that ties together the various activitiesof a DW/BI implementation.
The Lifecycle also ties together the content of this book, setting the stage and
providing context for the detailed information that unfolds in the subsequent
chapters.
This chapter begins with a historical perspective on the origination and
evolution of the Kimball Lifecycle. We introduce the Lifecycle roadmap,
describing the major tasks and general guidelines for effectively using the
Lifecycle throughout your project. Finally, we review the core vocabulary used

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