When you start to create a data warehousing solution these days, you have myriad options for delivering it. Determine your requirements by constructing a delivery plan with an end goal in sight, and build to that end goal. The end goal could be anything from giving a sales manager the knowledge of who her best saleswomen are, helping a buyer predict clothing patterns or helping a college dean decide the curriculum to offer for the coming year.
Once you have your end goal in sight, develop a sound technical architecture for the delivery. Technical architecting has come about through necessity. Once upon a computer time, we had no need for technical architecture planning because there were no interconnections to other computers, customers, suppliers, etc. Now, however, a computer is deemed nearly useless if it is not connected. Because there are so many different types of computers, there are terribly many options for connecting them. When you need to deliver a solution that draws from the strengths of many different types of computing, you have to put together an architecture plan that tightly integrates those systems.
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