We recently visited the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to view an exhibit of the engineering drawings, conceptual art and other items associated with the conception, design and building of Disneyland and Disney World. It was a fascinating exhibit for me, having grown up in Iowa as far away from the Disney empires as you could possibly get, while simultaneously awakening a flood of memories for my wife who had the luxury of growing up in Southern California, immersed in the Disney culture. That culture, unlike the high G-force, thrill-centric theme parks of today, included a very large educational component to accompany the family-oriented entertainment. One of the primary manifestations of that educational vision, Tomorrowland, turned out to be one of the Disney team's greatest ongoing challenges. It seems that every time they would build a futuristic attraction, it would be quickly antiquated by the fast-moving advancements of everyday life. We face the same problems today in data warehousing. As soon as we build a solution, the problems change--trivializing our solutions and requiring a new effort to meet the fresh challenges. Pity the poor technology vendors who are caught in this never-ending cycle, their goal ever-receding into the distance. Just to keep them from getting complacent as they close in on solutions to yesterday's problems and to help you best position yourself for tomorrow's challenges, here's a peek into the future of data warehousing:

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