Q:

Before I begin, I must stress that I am an absolute beginner to data warehousing. I am trying to find good references to how data warehousing might increase the efficiency of the organization and how such a capability might be implemented. Some starting hints or good book references would be a quantum leap over my existing knowledge.

A:

Sid Adelman’s Answer: Your focus of process improvements and efficiency is different than most. However, it does make sense because you need better information (which the data warehouse should provide) to be able to improve your processes and gain efficiency, but these gains are very industry dependent. For example, a direct marketer will be able to gain efficiency by understanding their customer base and not market mountain climbing gear to people in rest homes.

Scott Howard’s Answer: Two of my favorites for the DW beginner: Building the Data Warehouse for Decision Support, by Vidette Poe, which introduces how you may benefit from a DW, and Barry Devlin's Data Warehouse, from Architecture to Implementation which is currently used in many universities' introduction to DW syllabi.

Larissa Moss’ Answer: Two suggestions: Any book by Bill Inmon, in particular the book
Building the Data Warehouse, 2nd Edition – by William H. Inmon It has justification material in it and Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits by Larry P. English.

Clay Rehm’s Answer: The process improvements you are looking for may not be found in books but most likely through case studies, comments or articles produced from companies who have achieved these improvements. I would encourage you to join user groups and network. A good start would be:

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