The pace of business is faster than any time in history. Demands for information on customers, products and financial information are higher than any previous time. Acquisitions and mergers are commonplace, causing great change in the business environment. At the same time, staff has been cut to the bone in a time of economic slow down. All these factors combine to put an enormous squeeze on reporting systems and the staff that maintains them.
How can an IT organization cope with these conflicting constraints and demands? One way is to implement a reporting system centered on a data warehouse that is architected on principles that facilitate rapid change. This yields an "agile" data warehouse that enables a staff to make swift changes, thus satisfying reporting demands.
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