Business intelligence (BI), utilizing data warehousing as a primary conduit, must change to adapt to competitive pressures. There are business realities forcing these changes. First, there is an information explosion, which can inundate a data warehouse's intake capabilities and render nonautomated analysis to the most basic of levels. It is a real-time business world where suboptimally timed decisions can mean the difference between success and failure. Intraday or during the immediate occurrence of a trigger event is the necessary timing of much intelligence. We live in a Web 2.0 world where we are always plugged in. Our business decision-making capabilities likewise need an immediacy. Information has become a key corporate asset and is the prime mover of decision-making today. The architecture supporting corporate information needs to be guided by a vision that is in touch with these realities.

Most companies (midsized and up) have what they would call a data warehouse. However, one of the major arenas of difficulty is in making these data warehouses real time. Operational systems need to cooperate with this vision by not being so fragile that they break with intraday extracts. The data warehouse environment needs to be efficient to the point where the requested extracts are kept to a minimum. These do not always describe the reality, so real time remains a challenge.

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