Data warehouses have come a long way. Not so long ago, database theoreticians derided data warehousing as setting the industry back 25 years. Today, data warehousing is a standard part of the corporate information infrastructure.

However, the past is only a prelude to the future. Looking ahead, one sees very large data warehouses, exploration processing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor support, analytic applications and the like. Perhaps the most intriguing and most promising advance in data warehousing will be bridging unstructured data with structured data.

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