How valid is data warehousing for the manufacturing sector?
Douglas Hackney's Answer: Data warehousing is a general prerequisite for being competitive regardless of market segment. It is a fundamental infrastructure item required to support initiatives such as e- commerce, CRM and customer/product profitability analysis. In this regard, it is inherently valid. Organizations that have not implemented data warehouses are at least 1.5 years behind their competitors who have.
Sid Adelman's Answer: Data warehousing is valid for manufacturing and is used quite extensively for a large number of applications including the ability to better understand suppliers and the quality of their products, better visibility into product and customer profit margins, access to market demand data (orders and shipment data) by both finance and materials groups, use by the legal department to substantiate trademark claims in foreign markets, inventory turnover and many more.
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