Perhaps the biggest marketplace that is developing for data warehousing is that of total solutions. When it comes to total solutions for data warehousing, there are four prominent vendors: SAP with its BW offering, SAS with its integrated suite of products, PeopleSoft with its EPM offering and Computer Associates with its broad product line.

Each of these vendors offers a total solution rather than a point solution. Sure, there are other point solutions in the marketplace. There are OLAP products, ETL products and analytic offerings. However, aside from these vendors, no one has offered a holistic approach.

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