Many diverse skill sets and disciplines are required throughout the corporate information factory. It is noteworthy that these skill sets are very different and that it is impossible for any one person to be a true expert at all of the skill sets that must be included. There is a need for deep technical understanding of:

Indeed the different technologies found within the corporate information factory are remarkable and very diverse. Some organizations have developed a marketplace niche in understanding and furthering a type of technology. IBM understands centralized transaction processing. Teradata understands parallel processing. SAS understands analytical processing, and so forth. These large and successful organizations have a wealth of background and history in understanding what their core competency is. Anyone who casually says, "We are going to rewrite the book on (insert existing technology here)" faces daunting obstacles. Yet all these technologies and more constitute the corporate information factory.

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