Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up and knows it must outrun the fastest lion to survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It does not matter if you are a gazelle or a lion. When the sun comes up you hit the ground running.

In the data warehouse world, companies know that they must outrun the competition if they are to survive. Customers need speed and agility and make million dollar purchasing decisions based on a vendor's TPC-D benchmark results. Some vendors have found loopholes in the TPC-D tests and present a "truth" that makes them look like gazelles when, in fact, they are actually "lyin." This article is designed to inform data warehousing customers on what TPC-D benchmarks measure and what they don't.

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