I am sure that all of you over the age of 25 or so remember the great, the all- knowing, the omniscient seer, Carnac the Magnificent, who appeared from time to time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. You probably thought that Carnac disappeared into thin air when the show was canceled. 'Tain't so. In fact, I hired him to work with us on our recent study of data warehouse/decision support markets, Database Solutions II. In this month's column, Carnac shares some of his astounding insights into the future with us. On the Internet: "You better make sure that your warehouse is Internet-enabled (and/or intranet) if you want anyone to use it. Even if you don't need Internet access now, you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll have to have it in the near future."

On Operational Data Stores: "While less than half the users out there are doing anything with operational data stores, the notion is gaining in popularity. It's a good idea to make an effort to analyze your own situation to determine if you might benefit from the adoption of operational data store concepts in the near future. More than half the users out there will be adopting it within three years."

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