We are now poised for the most radical transition in the short history of data warehousing. We are about to witness the arrival of real-time data warehousing (RTDW). Despite its name, the impact of this change is due less to the increase in speed of availability (which is significant) than to a significant reduction in overall processing complexity. We will replace a brute force process with elegant, yet powerful, simplicity.

Real-time data warehousing will eliminate the artificial bottlenecks we have designed into our solutions from the very beginning. It will solve some of the most vexing data warehouse problems such as change data capture. It will allow us to return to co-engineered, end-to-end system architectures.

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