One of the most promising and exciting components of the data warehouse/corporate information factory environment is that of the exploration warehouse. The exploration warehouse takes in massive amounts of detailed data from the data warehouse and combines it with data from other sources (e.g., external sources). Once collected, the data in the exploration warehouse is integrated into a body of information that provides a foundation for deep statistical analysis. The data in the exploration warehouse is very granular and historical.

The analyst perusing the exploration warehouse looks for previously undiscovered business patterns. Typical patterns that could be identified through exploration include:

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