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How to Manufacture Data Assets

A data warehouse is a home for your high-value data, or data assets. Most organizations build a data warehouse for manufactured data assets in a relatively straightforward manner, following these steps [more…]

Ten Questions to Consider When You’re Selecting User Tools

Few things are more frustrating than successfully building a data warehouse and then having it rendered unusable by less-than-satisfactory user tools. This list presents some questions to consider when [more…]

Ten Secrets to Managing Your Project Successfully

Being a successful data warehouse project manager means that you have to do more — much more — than simply create project plans and ask team members to turn in weekly status reports. Here are a few secrets [more…]

Prepare for Semantics in Data Warehousing

If you evaluate how the technologies associated with data warehousing work, a lot of metadata is managed in a proprietary manner within the tool. Some have attempted in the past to solve the integration [more…]

How Semantics Applies to Business Intelligence

Ask yourself and your data warehousing project teams this question: How will you prepare for these technologies? Focus on three areas that you’re probably already working in — your business intelligence [more…]

Traditional Data Warehousing Means Analyzing Traditional Data Types

When planning for data warehousing, remember that today’s data landscape now encompasses a dizzying array of new information channels, new sources of data, and new analysis and reporting imperatives. [more…]

Data Warehousing and Multimedia Information

Every area of technology is constantly changing, and data warehousing is no exception. Because data warehousing is on the brink of a new generation of technologies, you must become familiar with some of [more…]

How Does Business Intelligence Work with Unstructured Data?

Suppose that you’re using an unstructured, multimedia-enabled data warehousing environment to do comparative analysis between services offered by your company [more…]

Data Warehousing: From Unstructured Information to Structured Data

Some data warehousing architecture plans demonstrate an approach of putting structured data first, in which a business analyst uses data warehousing as a gateway into appropriate unstructured supporting [more…]

Do You Need Data Warehousing Consultants?

You probably need data warehousing consultants, not because people from within your organization aren’t capable of working with data warehousing technology or completing a project without outside help. [more…]

Data Warehousing Consultants: Things to Watch Out For

If you’ve ever worked with IT consultants (data warehousing specialists), you realize that not all consultants are equally skilled, equally dedicated, or equipped with the same, shall we say, degree of [more…]

Tips for Data Warehousing Consultants

Most information on this website regarding data warehousing is oriented primarily toward the user community and how the people in it might find and retain consultants for their data warehousing projects [more…]

Meet with Data Warehousing Representatives

Shopping around for data warehousing products can include meetings with company reps. Before a vendor sales representative sets foot inside your office or initiates a Web conference with you, make absolutely [more…]

How to Be a Smart Shopper at Data Warehousing Conferences

Make no mistake about it: You can gain tremendous value from attending any type of conference or trade show, including those oriented toward data warehousing. Vendors tout and demonstrate their latest [more…]

Be Skeptical with Data Warehousing Purchases

You need to have down-to-earth, open discussions with your data warehousing product vendors (not chats held in a crowded booth at a trade show). If you’ve heard certain things about a product that concern [more…]

Approach Data Warehousing Product Vendors

The same basic smart-shopper guidelines that you use at trade shows apply when you deal with data warehousing product vendors: [more…]

Check Out Data Warehousing Products and Companies

Any category of data warehousing product (such as OLAP tools, data mining tools, basic reporting and querying tools, database engines, extraction products, data quality tools, and data warehouse administration [more…]

Data Warehousing, Mainstream Technologies, and Vendors

While data warehousing and traditional computing technologies converge, you’re looking at a whole new ball game when you try to sift through vendors’ claims and promises. Traditional data warehousing vendors [more…]

Does Your Company Have Existing Data Structures?

Your organization has overwhelmingly favorable odds of having at least one sort-of data warehouse — a reporting system that provides informational capabilities and, sometimes, analytical capabilities to [more…]

How to Catalogue Existing Extract Files

When you begin to consider what to do about the extract files and other types of sort-of data warehouse environments that exist in your organization, you must find them — which you might find difficult [more…]

Decisions about Your Company's Existing Data

When you begin to plan for a data warehouse solution for your company, you will want to ferret out a complete inventory of extract files that fill the role of prehistoric data warehouse, each one most [more…]

Enterprise Information Integration Services

Around 1995, vendors began positioning their software as virtual data warehousing tools. The fundamental premise was that sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to copy and manipulate a bunch of data, just [more…]

Additional EII Services for Data Warehousing

Your virtual data warehousing environment includes services that a single database would handle in a centralized environment. These true middleware services complement the traditional data warehousing [more…]

Facing the EII Infrastructure Challenge

Wow! Virtual data warehousing sounds like a fairly neat, state-of-the-art idea. Why isn’t it more widespread? The answer, in a word, is infrastructure. Although you can talk all you want about emerging [more…]

Six Vendors with Middleware Products for Data Warehousing

There are several vendors that offer data warehousing middleware products you might want to take a look at. Here are seven that are worth considering. [more…]

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