Some experts counsel that when companies build their first data warehouse they should primarily hire new people who are already "data warehouse ready" with data warehouse experience. This often means that good in-house employees are often overlooked. While it is important to have a well-trained staff, I recommend using your quality in-house personnel and making them "data warehouse ready."

Your organization's data warehouse has a good chance of being successful if you purchase the right database, utilize good people, give them a good education and use experienced consultants. Data warehousing is big business, big money and well worth doing right.

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