It seems that there is very little academic research done in the data warehouse area in spite of the need for this by the business community. What areas in data warehousing can benefit from academic research? By academic research, I mean research conducted by academic professors on data warehouse issues in their universities. I understand that a lot of industry experts write on the topic but I could not find academic research on it. For example, if I want to conduct academic research on data warehouse design methods or models towards a Ph.D. degree in MIS, I want to find if there is other research in this area or any other areas needed by the business.


Sid Adelman’s Answer: There are a number of areas that could use this research:

  1. Data quality – the research should focus on the abominable state of data quality, the cost of poor quality data and should provide ideas on how organizations can improve their data quality.
  2. Meta data – the research should highlight the organizations that are effectively using meta data and provide best practices and recommendations.
  3. The impact of the data warehouse on the knowledge worker, changes in productivity and changes in the effectiveness of the analysis process.

Clay Rehm’s Answer: I agree that there is little research done in this area. All areas of data warehousing could benefit from additional academic research. An area of research that would be very beneficial is the fact that successful data warehouse projects have been designed and implemented by people who have more than one skill. Typically, these people have both solid technical and business skills.

One thought on your Ph.D. degree – offer your services as a lecturer to a local university on the definition, costs, benefits and design of a data warehouse.

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