Data Warehousing For Dummies, 2nd Edition
By Thomas C. Hammergren
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: February 2009
Pages: 384

There's more to data warehousing than you think, so start righthere!

You don't need a forklift to work with a data warehouse, but youdo need a hefty load of know-how to make wise decisions whensetting one up. Data is probably your company's most importantasset, so your data warehouse should serve your needs. Here's howto understand, develop, implement, and use data warehouses, plus asneak peek into their future.

  • Know your stuff — understand what a data warehouse is,what should be housed there, and what data assets are

  • Get a handle on technology — learn about column-wisedatabases, hardware assisted databases, middleware, and master datamanagement

  • The intelligent view — see how business intelligence anddata warehousing work together

  • Ask the right questions — explore data mining and learn tofind what you need

  • Do the groundwork — choose your project team and applybest development practices to your data warehousing projects

  • Keep the user in mind — involve your users in definingbusiness needs through testing, and learn how to get valuablefeedback

  • Fix or replace? — learn how to review and upgrade existingdata storage to make it serve your needs

  • Buyer beware — be prepared when dealing with datawarehousing product vendors

Open the book and find:

  • What to expect from your data warehouse

  • The difference between data warehouses and data marts

  • All about specialty database technologies

  • What to look for in a consultant

  • How your data warehouse feeds dashboards and scorecards

  • Secrets for managing a successful data warehouse project

  • How to effectively capture business needs and requirements

  • Ten signs your project is in trouble

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