Commerce Rob Mattison Data Warehousing

ISBN 13: 9780070410343

Data Warehousing

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9780070410343: Data Warehousing

This work, aimed at enterprise computing professionals, provides a guide to data warehouse systems. It first explains what data warehouses are and how they can be used, and then lays out a step-by-step plan for designing and building them.

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Q1: What is data warehousing?
A1: Storing and organizing large quantities of data, formerly dispersed, for efficient and strategic usage.

Q2: Is data warehousing just a buzzword or a 90's fad?
A2: Only if you'd call Henry Ford's assembly lines a 20's buzzword or fad!

In fact, warehousing is likely to be the keystone (or, architecturally speaking, "foundation") of business information architecture in the 21st century.

Despite the flurry of books on data warehousing that I have seen this year (reminiscent of the onslaught of Internet books in 1995), this, as of August, is the most impressive data warehousing book yet. It provides an historical context of dispersed data systems, describes how to work with legacy architectures (and legacy turf wars within an organization), and demonstrates how to realistically plan the consolidation of data and streamline the "construction of the warehouse." It also has several lucid overview chapters on data mining, multidimensional analyses and neural nets, so that you can perform useful analyses of all the data your organization has been collecting for years!

Oh my Ford, Winston, this is good book indeed.

From the Back Cover:

Maintain your company's competitive edge with a key information management strategy for the next millennium This pragmatic reference from a respected data and database management practioner gives you essential information and guidance on designing and building an effective data warehousing system. Even if you know next to nothing about data warehousing, this practical sourcebook gives you the tools, concepts, and approaches to tame your organization's vast stores of information. Author Rob Mattison explains what data warehouses are, how they work, and why the survival of many businesses in the twenty-first century will depend on leading-edge information architecture. At the heart of Data Warehousing, you'll find a logically organized, step-by-step plan for creating these next-generation decision support systems. Mattison explains the key concepts of business process reengineering, client/server technology, systems architecture, online analytical processing (OLAP), decision support systems (DDS), and other subjects crucial to effective data warehousing. Other topics include: Multidimensional analysis of stored data; Formatting, modeling, and synchronization of data; Statistical analysis; Neural networks; Data mining concepts and techniques; Legacy systems vs. data warehousing... .budgeting for and staffing the data warehouse, and more. You'll also read case studies of businesses that have implemented successful systems.

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