Basic Fundamentals

The basic fundamentals of Data Warehousing are the subject of a huge array of books, and so I am not going to go through them again. Instead, I want to just summarise with a set of points pertinent to Data Warehousing

  •  A company should have just one Data Warehouse (I define ‘company’ here as an entity with a defined and unified vision and set of objectives, strategies etc.).
  •  Data Marts, if present, should get all of their data from the Warehouse.
  •  If the Warehouse is deemed ‘enterprise wide’ then the data model in place should be ‘near TNF’.
  •  The Data Warehouse should be maintained automatically with ETL or ELT tools.
  •  Reporting tools should be used to optimise reports, queries and result distribution.
  •  There should be a development road map and steering committee with all Data Warehouse projects, aligned to agreed business initiatives.
  •  The support organisation should be ‘appropriate’
  •  ROI should be understood and monitored.
  •  The Warehouse should be used for reporting but also, and very importantly, for innovative and high-payback queries as well.
  •  Security/privacy should be considered and balanced with ease of access.
  •  Independent Data Marts should be subsumed into the Data Warehouse and decommissioned.
  •  The Data Warehouse should be treated as a core corporate resource.
  •  The Data Warehouse platform should be scalable in all aspects of the word.

About bibongo

I'm a consultant in the field of Business Intelligence and have been since the mid 80's which gives you some idea of my age! I'm priviledged to have held senior positions with Teradata, Oracle, Hp and EMC. I have an English son and a Swedish daughter seperated by some 18 years which is another type of welcome challenge!
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One Response to Basic Fundamentals

  1. marcothesane says:

    Some type of fourteen commandments
    – very nicely put
    – how about sculpting them into a marble slab?


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