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I was told to build a data warehouse.

  • July 01 1999, 1:00am EDT


I was told to build a data warehouse. I'm not sure what that means. How should I get started?


Sid Adelman's answer:

  1. Read a book on the subject. I suggest Data Warehouse: Practical Advice from the Experts by Joyce Bischoff, Understanding and Implementing Successful Data Marts by Doug Hackney or Building the Data Warehouse by Bill Inmon.
  2. Go back to those who asked you to build the data warehouse and ask them what they expect to get from the data warehouse. What are their goals and objectives? If they don't have any, develop a set yourself and validate it with them.
  3. Ask what commitments (budget, resources, people) the sponsors are willing to give you.

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