My purpose in this column is to present a tiny subset of the infinite variations of a business intelligence (BI) federated architecture. As many of you know, the federated architecture has evolved as a response to the reality that many organizations have multiple data warehouse and data mart systems; packaged and turnkey data warehouses, data marts and analytical applications; non-architected data marts; and data islands.
The goal of the federated architecture is to provide the maximum amount of architecture available in the political and implementation reality of your unique site. It does so by providing the means to share and distribute core business dimensions (such as product, customer, etc.) and key metrics and measures (such as unit sales, net revenue, etc.) across the heterogeneous BI infrastructure elements of the organization.
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