Now, more than ever, competitive advantage in business is dependent on gathering financial data, analyzing it and providing current revenue and expense information on products, customers, channels and staff. The ability to ask financial questions and get fast, accurate answers is critical for informed decision making.

Many companies are evaluating various options to achieve this and are investing in data warehouses and data marts to access corporate-wide data. One popular option is to implement a financial data mart. The core value of this decision support tool is the assurance of a single answer to a given question, a single-version-of-the-truth, no matter which user is making the inquiry.

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