Data warehousing has come a long way, baby. Not so long ago, database theoreticians derided the data warehouse as setting the industry back 25 years. Today, data warehousing is conventional wisdom and a standard part of the corporate information infrastructure.

The past is only a prelude to the future. Looking into the crystal ball, one sees many things - very, very large data warehouses, exploration processing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor support and analytical applications. Perhaps the most intriguing and most promising advances in data warehousing are the possibilities of bridging unstructured data with structured data.

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