Even though electronic data interchange and electronic commerce networking have not been the chief concern of data warehousing or business intelligence administrators, they should begin taking a more active role in their company’s e-commerce initiative. At least that’s the view of Harvey Seegers, who delivered the keynote address Thursday at Electronic Commerce World Spring 2001 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Seegers, the chief executive officer of GE Global exchange Services, notes that as more companies build XML-enabled links to their suppliers, distributors and customers the work load of the data warehouse team will increase exponentially. "As companies build more multiple point-to-point connectivity, the data administrators are going to find they will be handling much more data," Seegers says. The trend isn’t all for the better, he says. Since companies will be using multiple XML dialects to exchange e-commerce transactions with their trading partners, the incoming data will not be uniform. "XML can be a resource hog," he says.

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