The coming year will show what data warehousing looks like now that the world is flat. Data warehousing trends in a flat world will be driven by open source platforms for data management, offshore everything and the commoditization of infrastructure through relatively low cost servers (which, if they were any less expensive, would be disposable).

Saying the world is flat is a metaphor that points to the leveling effect created by the digitalization, globalization and commoditization of information technology. An increasingly level playing field exists between the Midwestern United States and Bangalore, India, or Shanghai, China. An abundance of fiber-optic bandwidth, along with the Internet, open source, outsourcing, offshoring and information infusion into business processes mean that productivity-enhancing innovations will depend on ever-expanding communities of collaboration, communication and cooperation. But if the world is flat, it is still not completely flat.

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