Every week, there's a new theory or argument in the data warehousing arena. Should organizations adopt an enterprise warehouse? Or, is an architected data mart a better way to go? If an organization decides to go the data mart way, then there is the question of a dependent or independent data mart solution? The real question is, do users care? No, I believe that what they care about is tapping corporate information to solve a business problem to compete and survive--in time.

I believe the issue really revolves around time. There are people and organizations who want and need to plan entire enterprise data warehouses up front, gaining buy-in and agreement in advance about every detail of the warehouse from each participating department.

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