Dear Readers,

This month our cover story is on the exploration warehouse which we believe will be another major breakthrough in business intelligence. The exploration warehouse is a DSS architectural structure whose purpose is to provide a safe haven for exploratory and ad hoc processing. Bill Inmon discusses the advantages of a memory-resident exploration warehouse that utilizes data compression to provide fast response times with the ability to access the entire database. Bill also discusses the impact of the exploration warehouse for data mining and the initial development of the prototype warehouse.

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