"Some companies can afford to spend big money to build a data warehouse, while others cannot. There is hope for the latter group," began Claudia Imhoff, DM Review columnist and recognized expert on the Corporate Information Factory, in her presentation at the DAMA Symposium/Wilshire Meta-Data Conference on Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
Her session began with a review of a full scale, sustainable data warehouse architecture and the methodology required to implement it. She then emphasized the importance of a project sponsor to provide leadership and a scope document to establish expectations. She spent time describing the planning phase of the project and elaborated on the critical program-oriented activities that ensure that the warehouse built with limited resources can fit within the sustainable architecture. The day ended with a lively discussion of the methodology of each of the architecture components the data warehouse and data marts with the compromises that can be made without destroying the architecture.
"For companies with limited funding, the importance of an early hit is magnified," Imhoff concluded. She succeeded in presenting alternative approaches for providing a quick and relatively inexpensive business deliverable.
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