Developing Analytical Database Applications

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This book presents a complete, "best-practices" methodology that enables database developers to focus on their application's goals, and includes a formal mechanism for reviewing and modifying those goals when necessary. It gives formal dimensional modeling techniques for building analytical applications in a data warehouse environment.

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A strategic approach to enterprise database development.

Developing Analytical Database Applications delivers a complete "best-practices" methodology for building goal-directed enterprise database applications. Based on the advanced "spiral" approach, it focuses on the key stages of development that can make or break your project.

Learn how to identify your application's strategic vision and scope-and transform this information into a detailed, practical design. Next, walk through constructing the application, and deploying it with maximum effectiveness. Coverage includes:


* A complete, practical discussion of dimensional concepts.
* Formal modeling techniques for producing analytical applications-with specific data warehousing examples.
* Techniques for matching technologies to tasks and employee expertise.
* RAD approaches for delivering the enterprise's most strategic processes first.
* Mechanisms for reviewing and modifying applications as business goals change.

Developing Analytical Database Applications is a complete roadmap for ensuring that your enterprise database applications achieve your strategic goals-now, and for years to come.

About the Author:

FRANCIS McGUFF is Director of Product Planning and Development for the MetaCube ROLAP Option for Informix Software, Inc., in Menlo Park, CA. Before joining Informix, he founded Telos Solutions, which employed leading relational and multi-dimensional database management systems and OLAP products to develop decision support systems and knowledge discovery products for developing decision support applications for banking, pharmaceutical, insurance, and leasing clients.

JOHN KADOR is a computer industry journalist who regularly tackles application development issues from both the technical and project management perspectives. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Computerworld and Datamation to Home Office Computing and Internet Business. He earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University and has a Masters degree in Public Relations from The American University. John Kador can be contacted at: jkador@compuserve.

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