There's finally an answer - the egg came first. If you accept evolutionary theory - but remember, it's just a theory, along with the theory of gravity - and if you accept the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs, and because dinosaurs had eggs, and the chicken is still classified as a bird, it's clear that the egg came first. So how does this relate to selecting data warehouse tools?
It mostly has to do with where you start your evaluation. You start with the egg, which is your environment. Long before you let a vendor in the front door, you will want a full understanding of your environment and your infrastructure. This will be your starting point. Answer the following questions:
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